Flatfish Rig

This rig is specifically designed to catch flatfish such as plaice and flounder. This rig features three separate hooks as this allows three different baits to be used which allows the most effective bait to be identified. In the diagram above the snoods have six 8mm beads on them as it is known that flatfish are attracted to the movement and vibrations of beads and sequins, plaice in particular are thought to be attracted to alternate black and green beads. It is possible to go even further with this and fit sequins, spoon and additional beads to the snoods. This rig is best suited to short to medium range clean, sandy beach fishing as their is no rotten bottom or weak link release to escape snags, and the use of three flapping hooks will cut down on casting range making it difficult to reach long casting distances. The diagram above also shows a separate snood designed for targeting sole. This is different because sole are not thought to be attracted to beads and sequins so there is no point in adding them to snoods. Also, since sole feed hard on the seabed it is a good idea to add a light drilled bullet to the snoods so that the bait is kept right on the seabed. Simply thread the drilled bullet onto the snood and trap it between two neoprene or rig tubing stop knot stop knots and use beads to protect the knots.

Small hooks (size 1) are used in order to successfully hook

Components needed to make this rig:

  • Large swivel x 1
  • Small swivels x 3
  • Link x 1
  • Crimps x 6
  • Micro beads x 6
  • Sequins x 3
  • 8mm beads x 18
  • Size 1 hooks x 2
  • 60lb line
  • 20lb snood line
  • Neoprene/rig tubing
  • For sole fishing snoods: 8mm beads not needed but micro beads x 2 and ½ or ¼ oz drilled bullet weights are needed instead, and size 1 hooks should be swapped for size 4 to 6 hooks.

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