How to Make a Zig Rig

by Don Davis
Wild carp are mostly bottom feeders.

Wild carp are mostly bottom feeders.

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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
  • Knife
  • Two 1/4-inch-long pieces of 4 mm silicone tubing
  • Size 6 circle hook
  • Round, foam float
  • Bait
Step 1

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.

Step 2

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.

Step 3

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.

Step 4

Slip one end of the leader line through the rubber tubing and tie that end of the leader to a round, foam float.

Step 5

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.

Step 6

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.

Step 7

Tie the loose end of the leader line to the sinker. Bait the hook.

About the Author

Don Davis has been a professional writer since 1977. He has had numerous writing jobs, including writing news and features for the "Metrowest Daily News" and "Los Angeles Herald-Examiner." Davis has a Bachelor of Arts in English and history from Indiana State University.

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