This shore-rig section is offered as a beginners guide to tying basic shore rigs. In simple terms, these rigs are designed for one purpose; to enable the angler to place one or more baited hooks in the vicinity of a target species, in as natural a manner as possible, without tangling. The requirement of any rig is to enable the angler to determine that a fish has taken the bait through rod tip movement, set the hook and land the fish with minimum fuss and stress to both angler and fish!

I have not included specific measurements, as I believe any rig is simply a template,open to interpretation and adaptation depending on venue, species, bait-size, environmental conditions etc. Most shore rigs will be approximately one to one and a half metres in length for ease of casting, and snood lengths can be set accordingly. I say this because there are so many variables involved that require thought when tying a particular rig. For example, longer snoods may be more productive during neap tides as they offer more movement, short snoods may prove more useful in fast tides, or when targeting Whiting to avoid frustrating tangles! The list of variables is endless, so pick a rig, tie up a few versions and give them a try.