The high low rig gives you a bigger bang for your buck because it allows you to use two hook baits at the same time. For this rig, instead of putting the weight above the hook like you do for the fish-finder rig, you add the weight below the hooks.
While this rig allows you to present two baits at the same time, the weight at the bottom can present a disadvantage. Because the weight is under the hooks, the fish will feel the resistance right away vs. the fish-finder rig where the fish doesn’t feel any tug when they take a bite. This means you’ll need to work quickly when you feel a bite and immediately set the hook. This is why this rig works best if you use baits like worms or clams that are soft and small.
High low rigs can be used for a variety of species, including fluke, black sea bass, scup, stripers or tautog. The best time to use these rigs is either early or late in the season. Choose a hook that works best for the fish you are targeting.