Video: Basic Bottom-Fishing Rig for Buzzards Bay

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I do a lot of fishing with my kids in Buzzards Bay, which is home to scup, black seabass, tautog, sea robin, fluke and other bottom-dwelling species. If you’re looking for some easy, fast, fun action to keep your kids happy, give this simple bottom rig a try.

Note: While the rig will catch fish all summer, it really excels from late May through late June.

Step 1:
First tie 3 feet of 30 to 40 pound test fluorocarbon or monofilament leader to one eye of a 3-way swivel using an improved clinch knot.

Step 2:
Now tie a 2- to 4-ounce bucktail jig to the end of the leader. Bring jigs in several sizes to account for varying wind and drift conditions. You’ll need heavier jigs to tend bottom on faster drifts, but always go as light as possible.

Step 3:
Next, tie a one- to 2-foot section of 30-pound test monofilament or fluorocarbon to a second eye of the 3-way swivel. This is known as the “dropper line”.

Step 4:
Tie a 3/0 Octopus hook to the end of the dropper line.

Step 5:
You can also tie a small bucktail jig, fly or soft-plastic grub tail to the end of the dropper line.

Step 6:
Add a small piece of squid to each hook and you’re ready to fish!

Fish the rig over rocky bottom in 20’ to 40’ of water by simply hopping it up and down using small jerks of the rod while drifting slowly along. It shouldn’t take long to get a bite!