How to Make a Flatfish Rig

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How to Make a Flatfish Rig
Use a modified Carolina rig to catch flatfish. (Ryan McVay/Digital Vision/Getty Images)

Flatfish are also commonly referred to as flounder, depending on the location in which you are fishing. A favourite saltwater game fish of many anglers, flatfish spend much of their time feeding on the bottom of the ocean as well as brackish lagoons and waterways. A simple rig is often used by anglers to present fresh cut bait to feeding flatfish. The rig allows a flatfish to take the bait without sensing the weight used to hold the rig on the bottom.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • 1/56.7gr. egg weight
  • Bead
  • Swivel
  • 18- to 24-inch monofilament leader
  • Scissors
  • Size 1/0 circle hook

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  1. 1

    Slide a 1/2-oz. egg weight onto the end of your fishing line. Adjust the weight up or down, based on water conditions and personal preference. Slide a glass or plastic bead onto the line below the weight.

  2. 2

    Attach a swivel to the fishing line with a Uni knot. Moisten the knot before pulling it down tight.

  3. 3

    Cut an 18- to 24-inch length of monofilament fishing line from a filler spool as a leader to tie the rig. Use 15- to 9.07kg. test monofilament line for the leader.

  4. 4

    Tie the leader to the barrel swivel with a Uni knot. Moisten the knot with water or saliva and pull down tight.

  5. 5

    Attach a size 1/0 circle hook to the free end of the leader with an Palomar knot. Moisten the line before pulling the knot down tightly against the eye of the hook.

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