When you want to target fish that are close to the bottom, but don’t want your hooks getting stuck, try a pickerel rig. With this rig, you attach a light wire to the main line to separate the leader line from the main line. Adding this space can help prevent your two leader lines from tangling.
The pickerel wire stays in place with the help of two beads, which you place above and below the rig. This allows it to rotate around the main line. In tides or currents, the rotation of this wire helps your bait more around more naturally.
The pickerel rig is designed for light-biting fish thanks to the bendable, ultralight properties of the wire. For larger fish, you’ll want to try something more robust – like a spreader bar rig.