American Style Rigs & Methods I Use In My Fishing

In my fishing I am starting to incorporate a lot of techniques from other countries in particular I am using a lot of rigs and methods from the USA. Before I get started these are my versions of the methods adapted to catch fish in canals and lakes so may not be exactly how others fish the methods.


These rigs and methods have been around for a long time and I am in no way trying to claim credit for them but they are doing very well for me and they are also cheap and easy to use. A lot of my end tackle such as hooks and weights I get from Jackslrf

I thought I would share them with you and see if they can give you an edge with your fishing too. As always my rod and reel combination for using with these light/finesse rig set ups is a Savage Gear BushWhacker 7ft 10-30g XLNT rod and a Fox Ultron 1500 reel. Okay so now on to the rigs.

The first of these rigs is the “Split Shot Rig” now this rig is designed to work in shallower water up to 10ft. It will work in deeper water but you will start to lose the bite sensitivity.


So how do you set up the rig? Well it couldn’t really be any simpler, use 100m of fluorocarbon on your reel and then simply tie a hook of your choice on to the end of your line using a uni knot (also known as a griner knot).


Depending on how much movement you want you then attach a single SSG shot to your main line any where from 1″ to 24″ above the hook, make sure to use a round shot as it helps to eliminate snagging.

With this style of fishing you want to use a soft plastic lure of between 3-5″ to match the hook. Okay so you now have your rig set up and I’ll now explain as best as I can how to use the method.

The method of the split shot rig is basically to cast out your rig and then slowly retrieve it keeping the split shot in contact with the bottom of the canal, lake or other body of water that you are fishing as much as possible.


Recognising bites on this method can be a little tricky as they can sometimes just feel like extra resistance on the line which you are going to feel anyway as you encounter snags along the bottom of where your fishing. The only advice I can give is if you feel resistance no matter how little give it a short swift flick with the rod to set the hook if it is a fish.

The second rig I want to show you is the “Texas Rig”, this rig is similar to the “split Shot Rig” however it does not have a fixed shot. Firstly slide a bullet weight/lead on to your main line, the weight of this will depend on whether you are fishing a canal, lake or river as if you are fishing a heavy current you will obviously need a heavier weight. Next slide on a buffer bead making sure that the diameter of the centre hole is smaller than the eye of the hook you will be attaching, finally attach the hook again use the hook of your choice tied on with a uni knot.


Now the Texas Rig is used to fish soft plastic baits in a wounded fish style of cast and retrieve. Basically you cast out your bait and then leave it to settle on the bottom for 10-15 seconds. After the pause give the lure a slight twitch, tighten the line up and leave for 10 seconds before repeating the process until the lure is back and you need to cast it again.


There are lots of ways to hook the soft plastic lure and a lot of them depend on your personal preference although fishing weedless is a good one for fishing close to structures. Again the takes can be a bit hard to detect and basically it is just experience and practice that will help you.

The final rig I’d like to show you is the “Wacky Rig” which is used for fishing “Worm” style soft lures. Now this really is an extremely simple rig and you literally tie a hook onto the end of your line, again with a uni knot and that’s the rig ready!! (I haven’t drawn a diagram for this one lol)


The most complicated part of fishing the Wacky Rig is getting the right worm, you want to try and get a worm that is quite heavy so that it will sink slowly and naturally. If you can’t find a worm that will sink then you will need to attach a small split shot onto your line just above the uni knot to help it sink.

You are looking to get a worm that doesn’t have a tail or any particular movement, you also want it to be about 4-6″ in size. To attach the worm to the hook fold the worm in half and simply nick the hook through the middle of the worm.

Cast your hooked worm out and allow to sink slowly and naturally around any features likely to hold fish. You can give the worm an occasional twitch to slow down the sinking process. Strikes on this method are usually fairly recognisable and a gentle sweep of the rod should set the hook.

On a last note regarding the wacky rig, there are a couple of tips you can do to alter the way the bait acts and the first of these is to simply screw a screw into the head of the worm giving it some weight on one end, this obviously alters the way the worm moves and you will need to twitch the bait to get the most out of it this way.

The second tip is to slide a split ring onto the worm making sure it is a snug fit and is in the middle of the worm, then you simply hook your hook through the worm making sure it goes under the split ring and out the other side of the split ring. The split ring gives you extra strength in the worm and means you are less likely to lose the worm when playing a fish.

Well I hope you have enjoyed reading this “how to” blog and that it has given you some ideas to incorporate into your own fishing styles.


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