Today, we are introducing you to the fish finder system. It is one of the most powerful tools for fishing. This setup is ideal for fishing beginners and is an excellent place to begin for all (fish)species.
We have an idea of where fish might be when we go out on the water to find the next “personal best”. We don’t know the truth. No one does. Fish swim and can often be found in different places every time. We have to present our bait in a way that is fish-friendly, as fish use tides and current to maximize their food times and energy reserves. This rig setup works well in both saltwater and freshwater. This is how the “fish finder rig” was named. Other names include the “Carolina Rig” and the “Slip Rig”, but they all have the same basic structure, with a few minor adjustments in line weight, hook size, or line.
Fishing for beginners is easy with the fish finder rig. However, it is also well-known by experienced fishermen. It has been proven to catch many saltwater species, including: Any bait can be used, live or plastic. You can hook bait by watching our Top 3 ways to hook live shrimp and Top 3 ways to hook bait fish videos.
This rig allows live bait to swim in natural motion and keeps it anchored. If you don’t add weight to your bait, it will likely swim away. You can’t blame them. If you are dock fishing or trough fishing, bridge fishing or beach fishing, the bait you use is probably not the right one. A fish finder rig can anchor your bait to the ocean floor and allow it to swim in the waters column. This will allow it to be available for predators and large fish. You will find fish like this. Fish like us!
Your braid line should be tied to a swivel using a “clinch knot” (also known as the cinch knot). It is best to wrap it seven or more times. However, you can choose any number that you like. Five is the best number. For a demonstration, see our How to tie Clinch Knot video.
Secure your leader line with another clinch/cinch tie to the opposite side of your swivel. This video will demonstrate how to do this.
Attach the bitter end of your leader to your hook using a Simple Snell Knot. This will prevent your hook from sliding on the knot and give you the leverage to properly mouth-hook your fish. Voila! Voila!
These rigs can be made with any pound of test line that you like. Your line should be heavier for larger fish. Your sinker’s weight can also be determined by wind speed, surf, and water speed. On an average day in Florida, a standard sinker weighs 3/4 ounce. We have also used smaller sizes and much larger. This is where you will need to learn by trial and error, but it’s worth it. We trust in you.
Some people also thread a small plastic bead under their sinker, before attaching their first clinch knot on the swivel. This is done to conceal the knot and attract fish with a unique sound. You can try different ways of doing this in your local area. However, no matter how crazy it is, you should stick with the one that attracts fish.
Once you have your rig setup, you will need to know how to twitch the rig. The best thing about the fish finder rig? It can be used in all water conditions: clear, shallow, deep, clear, murky, and even murky. Because of tiny tufts made of sand that you create when you bounce the rig across the bottom, it is especially effective in attracting fish to your area. This is the first of the 3 S’s in fishing. These terms are not easy to understand, so we recommend you go back to the beginning of our channel. You’ll be able to learn some things and increase your catch rate of at least one fish!