How to make a Pennel rig

Completed pennel rig

This is a nice rig because I've found it doesn't tangle as easily as other rigs do.

For this rig you have a large hook on the bottom of the line and a smaller hook above. This is a good rig to use for three main reasons:

  1. The extra smaller hook means you have a chance of also catching the smaller fish.
  2. Large fish don't always bite where the hook is and by having the two hooks you increase your chances.
  3. Bigger fish will sometimes get hooked on both which greatly increases the chances of it not coming off.

Fish will not always strike the bottom of a bait and you've bound to have seen bait eaten from the middle or the top of your presentation. By placing the smaller hook in the middle or the top of the bait you've just increased the chance of catching those type of bites.

The Pennel rig is one of the most popular rigs used by fisherman and can be used in conjunction with any type of rig setup.

As an example what I normally do is feed 2 or 3 rag worm up a size 1/0 or 2/0 hook and tie the smaller hook just above the bait. I then secure the top worm to the smaller hook.

This rig is also great when you're using large baits like whole squid because you can hook the top and bottom of the squid giving a much more streamlined and attractive bait for long distance casting.

If you're fishing a location you haven't fished before this rig is also good because you can use 2 different baits to find out which bait the fish in that area are going for.

How to tie the top hook on a pennel rig

Pennel rig top hook.


For the top, smaller hook the simplest and most used method to keep it secure is just to wrap it around the line 2 or 3 times. An example can be found above. The benefit of this set-up is you can move the smaller hook up and down easily and quickly when the size of your bait changes with each cast. There are other, more complicated methods for securing the top hook like this method here but I really don't think it matters which one you use.

I like to keep my rigs as simple as possible and I know the method I've shown you here works really well.

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