How to make a flattie rig

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How to make a flattie rig
Make a basic fluke rig to catch flattie in the surf. (Jupiterimages/ Images)

Flattie fish, also called flounder, are saltwater game fish prized by anglers for their mild flavour. Anglers fish for flattie along the surf where they congregate during the times of the year when they spawn and feed. A specific type of fishing rig is used to hold a baited hook on the bottom where flattie feed. The rig is designed so that the fish will not detect the weight resulting in more successful hook ups with flattie fish.

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Things you need

  • 60 cm (24 inches) 8 to 9 kg (18 to 20 lb) test monofilament fishing line
  • Scissors
  • Three-way swivel
  • Snap
  • Pyramid weight
  • Size 3 fluke hook
  • Bait

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  1. 1

    Cut a 60 cm (24 inches) length of 8 to 9 kg (18 to 20 lb) test monofilament fishing line from a filler spool to use as a leader. Use sharp scissors to cut the line.

  2. 2

    Tie a three-way swivel onto one end of the 60 cm (24 inch) leader with a Uni knot. Moisten the knot with water or saliva and pull tight. Trim excess from the free end of the line with sharp scissors.

  3. 3

    Attach a snap to one of the eyes of the three way swivel. Attach a 28 g (1 oz) or heavier pyramid weight to the snap. Adjust the amount of weight based on fishing conditions, water depth and personal preference.

  4. 4

    Tie a size 3 fluke hook onto the free end of the leader with a Palomar knot. Moisten the knot and pull tight before trimming excess line from the free end of the knot.

  5. 5

    Place cut shrimp, squid and blood worms on the hook for bait when fishing for flattie or fluke.

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