How to Put a Double Rig on an Ice Fishing Jig
If you've ever been ice fishing you've probably run into problems with either the strength of your ice fishing jig, or its efficiency. Traditionally when you're ice fishing you only rig one line on a jig rod, which means that you only have one hook on the end of your line, and therefore only one chance to catch your fish. In some states such as Alaska or anywhere else you would be ice fishing, it is legal to set up another rig on your fishing jig. In this article we're going to go over how to double rig your ice fishing jig.
Step 1 Check your Laws
In certain states setting up your jig like this is actually against the law, so before you put anything like this into practice, you want to make sure that it's one hundred percent legal or else you run the risk of being fined a hefty sum for trying to fish. If your area allows for a double rig on your fishing jig then proceed with this tutorial.
Step 2 Setting up the First Rig
The first rig is going to include your first hook and your first lure. Unwind your reel and measure up about two feet from where you're going to put your end rig. Once you've located the area that you want to put your first rig at, it's time to start. Take the end of the fishing line and put it through the needle eye of the first hook. After you've put it through curl it around and put it through again. After that tie a simple knot, this is what's going to keep your first rig in place.
Step 3 Add the Lure
After you have the line ran through the first hook and tied, it's time to place your first lure. Take your lure and put the first hook through it. This will allow for an extra chance at catching your fish once the second rig is added to your fishing jig. Be sure to use lures that imitate northern under water insects. If you're unclear on what kind of insects these are ask your local bait expert.
Step 4 Set up your Second Rig
Unlike the first rig the second rig is going on the end of the fishing line. You want it to be on the end of the fishing line so it can weigh the line into the water, otherwise the line itself will float and make it nearly impossible to attract or catch any fish. Take the end of your fishing line and put it through the needle eye of the second hook. Curl it over and tie a simple knot much the same way you did with the first hook.
Step 5 Add the Second Lure
After you have the hook placed you're going to want to add the second lure. This time weight is going to be a factor, as well as your type of lure. You want to make sure that this lure weighs more than the lure on the first rig. If it does not outweigh the first lure, it will float and won't go deep enough for fish to want to bite at it. You want to make sure that this lure is heavy enough to weigh itself down as well as drag the other rig down with it into the depths of the water.