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Tackle Tuesday #1
Wednesday February 15th 2017, 3:50 am
Filed under: Fishing,Outdoors,Recreation

There is one rig that I use 95% of the time in river systems in our area. It is an effective rig and it is also fairly inexpensive to compile. It has three components: a sliding bell sinker, a small split-shot sinker, and a panfish hook.dipsy

1. The first component that you put on the line is the sliding bell sinker. The sinker will slide down the line, this is okay. These sinkers usually come in 1/8, 1/4, and 1/2 ounce sizes, and I decide which one to use based on current. If there is little to no current, you won’t need to use much weight, so a 1/8 or 1/4 will do. If the current is really ripping, like it will be during the spring walleye run as the ice melts, a 1/2 ounce will likely be your best bet.

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2. ┬áThe second component of the rig is the split shot sinker. split shots are also sinkers, but they don’t slide freely. They are built to be crimped in the center in order to hold on the line. Their purpose in this rig is to keep the bell sinker from running down straight to the hook. To do this, crimp the split shot 12to 18 inches above the hook after putting the bell sinker on the line.


3. The final component of the rig is the hook. I look using smaller panfish hooks because they aren’t too bulky and usually kept well-hidden from fish.


Purchasing the three components of this rig should cost you no more than five dollars. While you don’t need to use Water Gremlin and Eagle Claw products as I have, I do recommend them based on their price and their quality. I use this rig for everything from walleye to catfish. For bigger fish like catfish, you may want to consider bigger hooks, but otherwise the rig has proven to be solid.

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