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Old 08-09-2011, 08:37 PM   #1
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First time poster here, I am also a first time boat owner. I am looking for some different rigging ideas for bottom fishing. I usually do a weight followed by a swivel with a 4 foot leader, and circle hook. That is really the only rig i know how to do. I always have a problem with it getting twisted up on the way down. Does anybody know of a website with different rigs and knots. Also what are good knots to us on 100 lb mono leader to swivel, and braid line to swivel.
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That is the best way to produce larger fish. If you will set you sinker each drop you can minimize the twisting. In other words when the sinker hits the bottom shake the rod until you feel it settle down to the swivel. I use a san diego jam knot to the swivel and a snell knot to the hook.

http://www.netknots.com/html/fishing_knots.html

If you choose another rig you can use a pair of dropper loops and a chicken rig. Two hooks with a bank sinker on the bottom.
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look knots up on youtube... use 60lb to 50lb test to tie to a swivel you need to crimp 100lb test...
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on the live bait rig you talked about i put swivel to main line, then tie a foot of mono on where the sinker will go, then another swivel and the 4 foot hook leader to that. it adds a little more time to rigging but keeping the weight between two swivels keeps it from twisting up so often.
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Thanks for the replies, I will try the two swivel idea. If it prevents the line from getting twisted, it will be worth the extra time in rigging.
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when your dropping stop the bait every few seconds and let the weight catch up to the swivel it will greatly reduce your tangles
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Exactly.....controlled descent seems to stop most fouled lines
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Most twisting results from how you have the bait rigged, not what rig you use. Hook your bait (if dead) through the lower jaw and out through the skull. This makes the bait more aerodynamic on the way down and prevents 'helicoptering" causing the bait to spin and the line to twist.
i personally don't like the double swivel setup as a grouper will make a run when it picks up a bait and that second swivel adds weight very quickly resulting in dropped bait.
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Most twisting results from how you have the bait rigged, not what rig you use. Hook your bait (if dead) through the lower jaw and out through the skull. This makes the bait more aerodynamic on the way down and prevents 'helicoptering" causing the bait to spin and the line to twist.
i personally don't like the double swivel setup as a grouper will make a run when it picks up a bait and that second swivel adds weight very quickly resulting in dropped bait.

Cut the tail off the dead bait also it will help the twist factor too.

Double swivel just adds more failure areas. Just set your weight , every drop and you will be fine.
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Well, I am going to try my luck on Saturday. Hopefully I can get me a couple of AJ's to bring home. I am sure I will just catch some red snapper. Are the chicken dolphin still running thick? Thanks for all the help I appreciate any tips I can get. I am relatively new to gulf fishing and boat ownership.
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