A zig rig presents bait to carp and other bottom feeding fish. With most inland bait fishing, a line connected to your reel attaches to a float that sits on the surface of the water and the baited hook sits below the float and over a fishing weight. Zig rigs reverse that arrangement. With a zig rig, the line goes from the reel to a weight that sits on the bottom, and a float pulls a baited hook toward the surface. With a zig rig, the float never breaks the surface. Instead, it holds the bait about two feet off the bottom where the carp can't miss it.
Items you will need
- Snap swivel
- Five ounce pyramid sinker
- Fishing line
- Two 1/4-inch-long pieces of 4 mm silicone tubing
- Size 6 circle hook
- Round, foam float
Tie a snap swivel to the end of your fishing line. Tie the zig rig to the swivel. Tying rigs and leaders to a swivel instead of your line simplifies removing them.
Attach a 5-oz. pyramid sinker to the snap swivel. Cut a 2-foot length of fishing line with a knife to use as a leader line to make your zig rig.
Slip a 1/4-inch-long piece of 4 mm silicone tubing over the hook of a size 6 circle hook. Slide the tubing all the way to the fishing hook shank.
Slip one end of the leader line through the rubber tubing and tie that end of the leader to a round, foam float.
Feed the other end of the leader line through the hook eyelet and tie the leader to the hook with any knot you know. Tie the hook about 2 inches below the float and leave at least 20 inches of loose leader.
Slip a second 1/4-inch-long piece of 4 mm silicone tubing onto the leader line and slide it all the way to the hook. Slip this piece of tubing over the hook eyelet.
Tie the loose end of the leader line to the sinker. Bait the hook.
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