Bottom fishing is one of the most popular fishing techniques among experienced anglers. It’s fun, an exciting way to create an action-packed fishing trip, and can be used to target fish small or large alike. Best of all, bottom fishing can be practiced in many ways. You can use a variety different bait, tackle and presentations.
While there are an infinite number of presentations you can employ while bottom fishing, there are a few easy-to-make fishing rigs that have proven time and again to be effective when bottom fishing. A simple, yet effective bottom fishing rigs is the slip sinker rig (aka sliding sinker rig). It’s made using a common barrel swivel connected to a single leader line, with a sinker, bead, and hook attached at the end.
But the slip sinker rig is only one of several bottom fishing rig. Depending on your application and fishing conditions, the following bottom fishing rigs can be used effectively to target a large number of bottom dwelling sport fish species.