How To Make A Float Rig For Speckled Trout
Feature In Coastal Angler Magazine, By Capt. Matt Lamb
Whenever you read about speckled trout fishing, or even hear trout anglers talk about trout fishing, it won’t be very long before the term “float rig” comes up. But exactly what is a float rig and how do you create one?
A float rig is a great way to fish using live shrimp or live mud minnows, because it allows easy casting and lets your bait suspend at the proper depth with every cast.
A float rig begins with some basic parts: a bobber stop, a bead, a sliding bobber, an egg weight or a split shot weight, a swivel, a leader and a hook. Yes, it seems like a lot, but once you see how it’s done, you’ll be surprised by how easy it is to put together this rig.
The benefit to fishing a float rig is being able to cast the float with a leader and still being able to fish in deep water. Your bobber stop goes onto your line; it is moveable, which allows you to move it along your line to the depth you want to fish. Because it is so small, you can reel the bobber stop right up into the reel and still be able to cast it back out through the guides of your fishing rod. The little bobber stop is the key to the entire “float rig system”. After you cast, the weight pulls the line down through the slip float until the bead comes to the bobber stop and stops the float at the desired depth.
The most productive time to use a float rig is when you are fishing in water over 6 feet deep, such as the channels in creeks or deeper holes in a marsh system. One of the most common areas to use a float rig is at our rock jetties. It works particularly well there because the jetties will have a range of water depths from 2 feet to 30 feet, and you can suspend your bait above the structure regardless of the depth.
You can get everything you need here at Chasin’ Tails or at any other good tackle shop.
Bobber stop and bead - you can buy bobber stops and beads in small packages of each or packaged together in a kit by Bett’s Floats, which comes with a bobber stop and the necessary bead in the same package.
Weight - egg weights are most commonly used in 1/8 oz. to a 1/2 oz., depending on the depth of water you are fishing and the amount of current. In shallow water you can go lighter, while in deeper water you need to go with a heavier weight to get the live shrimp or live mud minnow down to the right depth. Float - when picking a float it has to be able to slide easily or it’s not going to work right. So, just look for slip floats.
Swivel – I think it should be a 20-pound Bill Fisher barrel swivel.
Leader - I like to use fluorocarbon Yo-Zuri or Seaguar in 12- to 20-pound test.
Hook - you need to use a 1/0 Owner Mosquito hook or an Eagle Claw # 8 treble hook.
Step-by-Step Rigging Instructions
1. Slide black plastic straw with bobber stop knot onto your fishing line. Slide knot off onto your fishing line then remove the black plastic straw. Next pull tag ends to tighten the knot onto your fishing line. Trim tag ends to 1/2 inch so you can re-tighten the knot as you use it.
2. Slide the small bead onto your fishing line.
3. Slide your slip bobber onto your fishing line.
4. Tie your rod line end to one eye of your barrel swivel.
5. Tie your 12- to 24-inch fluorocarbon leader to the other eye of the barrel swivel.
6. Finally, tie an Owner 1/0 mosquito hook Or Eagle Claw # 8 treble hook on the other end
of the leader.
Now you are ready to fish!!!
Or, if you’d like, just bring your rod and reel to Chasin’ Tails Outdoors and we will show you step-by-step how to correctly rig your float rig.
Capt. Matt Lamb
Chasin’ Tails Outdoors
613 Atlantic Beach Causeway, Atlantic Beach, N.C.
252-240-FISH • www.chasintailsoutdoors.com