Anyway, it's cheap and simple to make, and pretty much all I use anymore. By changing the size/type of sinker, hook size, leader length/pound test, even adding a small float in between the barrel swivel and sliding snap swivel, it works for cut or live bait of any size.
A rod rated for 5-9 oz is too heavy for casting lures. Most surf lures tend to fall in the 1-3 oz weight range (3 oz is getting a bit heavy, IMHO) and I really recommend you get a separate rod for lure fishing. Someting like a 9 - 10 foot rod is ideal and there are plenty of choices out there.
Swimming plugs like Rebel Windcheaters (available in 3/4 oz and 1-7/8 oz models) work well with most fish. I'd also get some bucktail jigs and Storm Wildeye Swim Shad plastics. Tins are good for blues and spanish, but you can get stripers and drum on them too, if you use a slower retrieve. Maybe get a couple of poppers as well.
The rig Heaver posted doesn't use all that funky hardware.
All you do is run your shock leader through the eye of a cheap 100lb snap swivel, followed by a bead, then tie the shock leader to a good barrel swivel. (A cheap source of plastic beads is that costume jewlery made for kids, BTW). I rarely change this part of the rig, except for clipping on different sizes and shapes of sinkers.
From there, all I do is tie a hook to the other side of the barrel - leader and hook size, length, type, etc., depends on what I'm after - 12/0 with a cob head all the way to 1/0 with a shrimp. Generally speaking, the bigger the bait, the bigger the hook and sinker, and the shorter the leader (short leaders cast better.)
Rlott, no unfortunately I did not save the post though I may still have the pic buried somewhere on a disc. I need to go searching for it. That's right, the rig is cheaply made using a Mustad circle hook and a cheap metal snap swivel.
Fairway, a good source of info are fishing and knot books. They'll answer just about all your questions. As far as books go, well I went and pulled these from my shelf (I have about 30-40 books on knots, baits, lure making, net making, trapping, etc). All the books I list here contain some really nice info. HOWEVER, two that seem to contain info unique to this area are "Saltwater Fishing Guide", and "Coastal Fishing in the Carolinas, From Surf, pier, and Jetty". This last book even contains a chapter on king-rigging from piers. Cool!!!
Here's the books:
"Fishermen's Knot's, Fishing Rigs, And How To Use Them", by Bob McNally
"Coastal Fishing in the Carolinas, From Surf, pier, and Jetty", by Robert J. Goldstein
"Vic Dunaway's Complete Book of Baits Rigs & Tackle", by Vic Dunaway
"Saltwater Fishing Guide", by Captain Pete Barrett
"Practical Fishing Knots", by Mark Sosin & Lefty Kreh
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Here's a pic of that rig. The leader is heavy 80-100lb test, 9/0 Mustad circle hook, cheap snap swivel for "fish finder" sliding portion, and a bead to keep the snap from striking the swivel when sinker is attached.
Mustad is not as pretty as a fancy expensive hook, but they are heavy-shanked and thus much stronger steel.
Each rig can be made for less than $1, all parts are avail at Walmart, and don't have to order anything. It is not a complicated rig, which is important while fishing at night. Most important is that the fish don't mind plain rigs.
Note that the leader is not fed through the eye of the hook and tied around the shank of the hook as per a snelled hook with offset eye. Leader tied directly to the eye so that hook swivels on the leader. I learned this lesson the hard way in the loss of two large tuna. Tie directly to the eye with a nail knot (use nail-knot tool or do it by hand). Other knots may "knot" tighten properly on heavy test lines such as this 80-100ln test leader.
Heaver,I'm a little confused by what you are saying about not snelling th mustad.I have seen them snelled an I snell all mine but of corse I'm using offset gammis.Been looking at non offset circles an wanna have my stuff straight before I loose a biggun.
You know for the soft surf / bay / piers that we fish around, I know it sounds light, but I use only 8lb to 10lb flourocarbon, with about 16-inches of 30lb florocarbon leader tied directly to the 8lb line.
That's for jig fishing. And that's on a 7 foot spinning rod. You don't necessarily need a telephone pole and utility rope to catch a lot of fish around here.
fairway, Jake Ace nailed that one. It's a lot more fun and sport to catch fish on gear that is sized right. It is nice to fish w/ a heaver when you're targeting the big-boyz but I'm like Jake , most of my fish are caught on 7' rods w/ light line. I use 6,8,& 10lb. test, at least until the fall Striper season when the big-boyz show up, then it's 12lb. test. So buy your heaver, but also get a lighter/smaller rod that you can cast the whole day while you're waiting for something to hit that heaver.
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