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3 Essential Shore Rigs


The following 3 shore rigs are the rigs you’ll use most when presenting a bait from the shore.


running ledger
The Running Ledger – Is this the most popular rig in the whole of UK angling? It’s certainly the fishing rig I use most. Designed to present a bait on or very near the bottom whilst presenting very little resistance to the fish. In its simplest form a weight is allowed to travel freely up and down the main line (shock leader) till it reaches a swivel. A length of lighter trace line (or heavy mono/wire for congers/tope) is then used after the swivel to the hook. All sorts of variations can be applied including the use of beads at various points, sliders for connecting the weight and lengths of trace/hook size.

paternoster
Simple Paternoster – The version shown here is the 2 hook variety although a 3 hook version is also popular for the smaller species. Designed to fish multiple baits just of the bottom this is a very popular rig for smaller shoal species such as Whiting. When a shoal passes through multiple hook-ups can occur. As with all fishing rigs a number of changes can be made, some people prefer to use 3 way swivels or loops to connect the snoods. Care must be taken with this rig as tangles can occur, frequently. Although designed to be fished off the bottom it is common to also catch bottom feeding fish such as Plaice on a paternoster rig.

sliding float
Sliding Float Rig – There can be few better ways of spending a lazy summer evening than being sat on the rocks watching your float bob up and down. The sliding float rig can be used to catch any fish that feed mid water, Mackeral, Pollack and Bass being some of the preferred species. The sliding float rig works by having a float slide up and down the main line until it reaches a stopper at a set depth. The stopper is usually in the form of a stop knot made from heavy mono but elastic bands are also popular. A weight is used below the float to sink the trace, a swivel is then used to conenct a length of trace line to a single hook. Beads should be used to prevent buffing between the weight, swivel, float and stopper. Unlike other fishing where a bite is indicated through either feel or the rod tip when float fishing it is helpful to leave some slack in the line, a bite is indicated by the float either submerging or being moved around.


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