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How to Make a Flatfish Rig

Updated November 21, 2016

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.

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.

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

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.

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

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.

Things You'll Need

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

Keith Dooley has a degree in outdoor education and sports management. He has worked as an assistant athletic director, head coach and assistant coach in various sports including football, softball and golf. Dooley has worked for various websites in the past, contributing instructional articles on a wide variety of topics.