During the winter, fishing can sometimes be a lot slower than normal. The fish may be much more sluggish and less willing to take any kind of lure or bait. So what do you do? Do not worry, there is still hope to catch plenty of fish! All it will take is a simple winter rig and you can be catching many different types of fish.
This winter rig is best used for species like redfish, trout, and flounder. It is made up of a few simple pieces of gear and utilizes a soft plastic lure. During the winter, you will need to go for slower retrieves and more lifelike, fine movements with your bait. The key here is to trick a fish that isn’t hungry or doesn’t want to move to take your bait.
Trust me, it can be done!
The Winter Rig and How to Make It
Ok, now let’s get down to the actual rig. To make this wintertime rig, you will only need 4 basic items. First, you will need some leader fishing line.
We recommend some 20-pound test fluorocarbon line, as this should handle any of the basic species that you are targeting.
Next, get yourself some quarter ounce jig heads and barrel swivels.
These will make up the bulk of the rig. Lastly, you will need some bait. For this, we recommend a 3 inch Berkley Gulp plastic lure.
The Mantis Shrimp is a great choice for this.
Assembling this rig is actually quite easy. First, attach your swivel to the end of your main fishing line.
Next, you will take a length of the fluorocarbon line and attach it to the other end of the swivel. You can make this leader as long or as short as you wish.
Finally, you will attach your jig to the end of the leader and put on your plastic lure. And that’s all there is to it! You are now ready to hit the water!
Using the Rig
When fishing in the winter, the key is to make the bait look as lifelike as possible. You also want to go as slow as possible when retrieving. Try giving it some random jerks during your retrievals, and you can start tricking lazy fish to start biting! This rig works great for species like redfish, trout, and flounder during the winter.
Updated: November 1, 2021