How to Rig Saltwater Fishing Lures

What You'll Need
Fishing Line
2 Swivels
Fishing Weights
Metal Leader
Fingernail Clippers

Many fishermen elect to use saltwater fishing lures when they are after certain types of fish. Many of the lures on the market today can mimic the flash of a bait fish, have a very real look, or give the predatory fish something else to look at. Lures have been around for many years and give the saltwater fisherman another option for catching those large fish. Rigging saltwater fishing lures is something all fishermen should know how to do.

There is a wide variety of different ways to rig a saltwater fishing lure. There are rigs called The Sliding Rig, The Reef Rig, A Texas Rig, Floating Beeds, and the Two Hook Pilchard Rig. For this guide we will be setting up a Two Hook Pilchard Rid. It can be used for either lures or live bait. It has a weight on the bottom to weigh it down so the lure floats and moves.

Step 1: Set Up Reel

Before you start to rig the saltwater fishing lures you will need to set up the reel. Make sure it is secure in the reel seat on the rod. It should be tightly held to the rod so there is no danger of it coming out when under strain. Run the line up through the eyelets of the rod. Give yourself plenty of line to work with so that you can make the knots easily without pulling on the reel.

Step 2: Attach Leader

For the lure to be attached to something strong enough to take a big hit, you will use a metal leader to attach it to the main line. To do so you need to have a six inch length of fishing line and a swivel. Pick a spot of the main line that is about 18 inches up from the end of the line. Form a knot by making two loops with the extra fishing line around the main line.

Take the tag end of the extra line and wrap it around the body of the line above the two loops about six times. Then take the tag end and bring it through both loops. Pull it tight. This will give you a strong, but easily removed knot. To the end of this line attach a swivel with the same type of knot. To the end of the swivel you can clip the metal leader.

Step 3: Snap on Weight

Choose a spot 2 inches above this extra line and snap on a fishing weight. Use pliers to secure it to the line.

Step 4: Connect Bottom Weight

Using the same knot as above, connect another swivel to the end of the line. To this swivel you will attach another weight that will set on the bottom of the sea bed.

Step 5: Connect Lure

At the end of the metal leader attach the lure by using a small length of line and the same type of fisherman's knot. Make sure it is about 2 inches away from the leader. To use live bait you will simply exchange the lure with two different hooks.