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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

Rough Ground Rig

This rig is designed with two purposes in mind - to land a fish over very rough ground and to be cheap enough to lose every couple of casts.

A blood loop replaces the swivel, beads and crimps.

All of the components of this rig are beefed up to resist the inevitable abrasion that comes with rock fishing. This means 80lb rig body and at least 30lb snood/hooklength.

There are many types of rotten bottom system that can be used, but the Veals Rotten Bottom Clip (RBC) is reliable, cheap and less prone to snagging than some bulkier systems. If you do opt for the Veals clips I would always use a pair of pliers to open the hook part out a little more to guarantee that the lead releases.

The link between the lead and the rotten bottom clip is 15lb line. This will break with a good steady pull if the lead gets snagged, hopefully freeing your rig and fish.

The illustration below show a grip lead being used. If it is rocky, but with no kelp, I will always use a grip lead as they are less prone to rolling around and getting trapped between rocks. If there is kelp then a plain lead is the way forward.



1 x size 4 rolling swivel
1 x Veals Rotten Bottom Clip
1 x size 2/0 – 4/0 hook

Rough Ground Rig



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