Tuesday, April 30, 2013

How to Build Rockfish Tandem Rigs

This post will explain how to build a tandem rig for rockfish/striped bass fishing using a pair of bucktails or a pair of parachute lures.

Parts required:
1x SPRO Stainless Steel Three Way Swivel (Size 1 - 110lb test)
12 feet 80# test Monofilament line (Spring rig)
12 feet 40# test Monofilament line (Fall rig)
  - 4 feet for bottom lure
  - 8 feet for top lure
2 Parachutes (Spring rig) (4 and 8 ounce)- or -
2 Bucktails (Fall rig) (1.5 and 3 ounce)

When building a tandem rig for rockfish/striped bass fishing, it's important to ensure that the spacing between the lures is sufficient to keep them from tangling and twisting together as you troll them.  In order to prevent this from happening, we will do two things:

1)  Use different lengths of leader for each lure
2)  Use different weight lures

This will ensure that one lure runs deeper than the other, thereby preventing them from twisting or tangling together.

In Spring, use larger, heavier lures such as Parachutes in 4 and 8 ounce varieties with 9-inch or 12-inch Sassy Shad bodies.

In Fall, use smaller Bucktails such as 1.5 ounce/3ounce combination with a 4 or 6 inch curly grub tail (Mister Twister, etc).

I hope you have found this to be useful!


  1. Note: If you want this rig to run deeper, add some in-line lead weight a couple of feet ahead of the swivel. Up to 28 ounces in some cases!

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