How to Make Spec Rigs for North Carolina Fishing

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How to Make Spec Rigs for North Carolina Fishing
Tie your own spec rigs before a trip to the surf. (Surf Fishing image by Julianna Olah from

Spec rigs have long been in use all along the North Carolina coast to catch a variety of saltwater game fish. From striped bass and flounder to trout and blue fish, you can attract and catch many varieties of fish with a spec rig. A spec rig, when properly tied, presents two lures at the same time to a waiting game fish. Tying spec rigs involves only a few commonly found materials.

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Things you need

  • 18 to 20lb. test fluorocarbon leader material
  • Scissors
  • Barrel swivel
  • 3.54gr lead head jigs

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  1. 1

    Cut a 3-foot length of fluorocarbon fishing line to serve as the leader that will form the spec rig. Cut the length from a filler spool with sharp scissors.

  2. 2

    Hold a barrel swivel and insert one end of the fluorocarbon leader through one of the swivel eyes. Position the line so that the length extending through from one side is twice as long as the other side.

  3. 3

    Turn the shorter end of the line back through the swivel eye to form a 2- to 3-inch loop on one side with the long and short end of the line extending from the other side.

  4. 4

    Secure the line to the swivel with a Palomar knot. Form the Palomar by tying a simple overhand knot with the loop and doubled line and then pulling the loop down around the end of the barrel swivel. Moisten the knot and pull tight.

  5. 5

    Attach a 3.54gr lead head jig to both free ends of the spec rig with an Improved Clinch knot.

Tips and warnings

  • Attach the spec rig to the main fishing line with a Uni or Improved Clinch knot. Insert the main line through the free eye of the barrel swivel and secure with the knot of choice.

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