Return to the Photo Recce home page
Introduction to Photo Recce Yorkshire sea fishing venues/marks Build your own sea fishing rigs Sea fishing tackle and bait supplies Beach fishing links (weather,manufacturers, information etc) Contact Photo Recce

Rig Guide


Safety | Rigs | Component Guides


Sea fishing rigs

The sea fishing rigs in this section of Photo Recce cover all of the fishing venues we feature.

If there are any rigs you would like to see added to this section, please use the contact form to tell us.


Why build your own rigs?

Firstly, using fishing rigs you've built yourself offers complete peace of mind. You know that all of your knots are strong and won't slip, and also that all of the components are of the highest quality and won't let you down.

Secondly, the satisfaction of catching a good fish on a rig you've made yourself is a wonderful feeling. You've got it right, you chose the hook size and pattern that allowed the bait to sit enticingly in the tide, the snood length was ideal, and everything held together perfectly as you hauled that fish through the surf, over the rocks or up the side of the pier.

Finally, it's also cheaper!

There are some really good rig builders out there who will create bespoke rigs for you using good quality components, but there are many more selling rigs that are basically not up to the job, and even some that are dangerous.

I don't make rigs for other people, or sell other peoples rigs or terminal tackle.
Any recommendations on this website are based purely on personal experience.


Clean ground sea fishing/beach fishing rigs

Short Range 1 Up 1 Down Rig

Mid Range 1 Up 1 Down Rig

2 Hook Wessex Rig

Single Hook Clipped Down Rig

Up and Over/Long and Low Rig

Clipped Down Pennel Rig

Pulley Dropper Rig

Portsmouth Rig/Loop Rig/Golds Rig


Mixed or rough ground sea fishing/beach fishing rigs

Pulley Rig

Pulley Pennel Rig

The pulley pennel rigs is exactly the same as the pulley rig, just with a pennel hook arrangement in place of the single hook. This allows long baits to be fished without reducing the chance of a hooking the fish.

The pulley rig is probably the most widely used big fish rig, and has landed some very big cod, ray and bass. The pulley system lifts the lead out of the way of grabbing clay beds, rocks and weed when retrieving a fish.

During casting, the snood/hooklength is under just as much pressure as the rig body. For this reason it is important that the breaking strain of the snood/hooklength is increased accordingly.

A Fox Pulley Bead distributes the load on the rig body during the cast far more effectively than a swivel can, reducing the risk of the rig body snapping during the cast.


1 x size 4 rolling swivel
1 x Fox Pulley Bead
3 x bead
1 x crimp
1 x Breakaway Impact Shield
1 x Breakaway Fast Link/Gemini Rig Clip etc.
1 x size 1/0 – 2/0 hook
1 x size 2/0 – 4/0 hook

Pulley Pennel Rig


Rough Ground Rig



Your guide to some of the BEST SEA FISHING VENUES on the Yorkshire coast.


Site owned by Mike Richards. All material on this site copyright © Mike Richards 2003. View details