3 Top Rockfish Rigs – How To Video

3 Top Rockfish Rigs – How To Video

Erik Landesfeind, BD Pro Team member, demonstrates how to rig up three of his favorite rockfish rigs using lures and bait.

trap rig for lingcod

Erik first demonstrates how he likes to build a rig for lingcod when fishing a larger bait like big mackerel, sanddab, or other large live baits. He first snells an Octopus offset circle hook and leaves a long tag upon which he ties a Gamakatsu 4X strong treble hook which tucks in the back of the bait to stick the lingcod when he bites partway back on the bait. He also uses a Superline solid ring at the top of the leader where he also adds a lighter dropper for the weight.

rockfish rigging tips

The next version of rockfish rig is built like a saltwater version of a freshwater dropshot and is a great option when the current is really strong. This rig is built to use a soft plastic jerkbait or swimbait. He rigs a 5/0 to 7/0 Gamakatsu EWG Monster Worm hook rigged with the hook facing upward. A Superline swivel is added to the top of the leader to reduce line twist and the long tag is where the sinker is attached.

assist hooks for jigs

Rockfish tip number 3 involves swapping out the fixed treble hooks on most irons or jigs for an assist hook much like you would a flat fall or butterfly type jig. This prevents the fighting rockfish from being able to leverage against the jig and unhook himself on the way up. Erik prefers to use a single assist hook like the 510 Assist in a 2/0 from Gamakatsu. Super sharp and very sturdy are some of the prime benefits of using a quality hook.


Erik Landesfeind is BD's Southern California Editor and has over 30 years of experience saltwater fishing for a range of species in both California and Mexican waters. Erik is also an active freelance writer and the author of the weekly column So Cal Scene, which BD publishes every Friday. In So Cal...