The 7 best saltwater fishing equipment configurations: open spaces

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These saltwater fishing platforms produce again and again.

If you are new to the world of saltwater fishing, discovering the best fishing platforms can be a bit intimidating. Fishermen have developed a series of unique salt configurations over the years.

Don't worry, we are here to help you with some useful fishing tips.

From the pier to surf fishing, these tired and true platforms will catch fish at all times.

Carolina Saltwater Rig

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Many people know this platform as a freshwater configuration for bass, but it also works very well in salt. It is a good salt water fishing platform for beginners because it is very simple.

Saltwater fishers have adopted this style not only for fishing soft plastics and swimsuits, but also for cutting baits and live baits.

As for how to make a Carolina platform for saltwater fishing, the steps are simple. All you are doing is threading a bullet or an egg over a plastic bead and spinning. The bill and the plumb line make noise that helps attract the fish.

At the other end of the swivel, tie a monofilament leader and then its hook. The size of the hook and the plumb line will vary depending on what you are fishing.

Carolina rigs are often used in hard-fought predatory fish such as shad and bass, but can be used in almost any species. Certain precious game fish, such as red fish and snapper, are often caught on Carolina's platforms.

Some saltwater fishermen refer to the Carolina platform as "fish search platforms." We thought we would mention it so that it is not confused.

Sabiki rig

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While this platform is generally associated with catching bait fish, it has become a popular staple for dock fishing for many different saltwater species.

Some people refer to Sabiki as a "mackerel rig" as it is very effective for them. This is a multi-hook configuration with hooks that leave the main line at different depths. Some fishermen like to tie small and simple flies in these configurations, but you can also use live or cut bait.

Most people place a plumb line at the bottom of this platform, but some people like to add a jig or a bucket to rig.

You can make your own Sabiki hook rig using rotating knots and loops or buy a prefabricated one. Either way, it is not uncommon to catch multiple fish in a single launch with one of these configurations.

Fishing platform with two hooks

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This team has many different names and has so many variations. But the most basic bottom fishing platforms are two hooks tied above a plumb line. This configuration keeps your bait right at the bottom in a privileged position for a connection. This is a preferred method for surf or dock fishermen, but it is also done from boats.

Most of these configurations are rotating and then leaders. Some fishermen use a three-way swivel to link the two hooks over the sinker. Other fishermen prefer to use a dropper loop configuration to simplify rigging.

Hook and line sizes vary depending on what you are targeting. Some fishermen have used this lower platform to catch fish as large as mere!

Balloon Fishing Rig

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This type of gear is generally reserved for sharks, but people target many different species of game fish using balloons that include striped sea bass, cobia, sailfish, marlin and more.

All you are doing is suspending a live or dead bait on circular hooks under a floating balloon. Use a strong leader material if you are targeting sharks or other species with teeth.

You can tie the balloon in your line to the desired depth you want to fish, but some rigging companies have noticed the popularity of this method. There are now special devices for fishing gear that are made with the sole purpose of attaching a balloon to your fishing line quickly and efficiently.

We recommend going to that route if you want to try this type of platform, simply because it will make your fishing trip more simple and fun.

This is usually a fishing boat technique, because you are using heavy fishing reels that are not designed to launch. But some ambitious fishermen have found ways to fly fish from the shore in a balloon using the help of jetskis, drones, kayaks or surfboards to take the bait away from the shore, where the fish are biting.

Cork rig

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This setting is especially popular for targeting red fish. It is an incredibly simple platform made for shallow water.

Popping the corks helps you place your bait or lure in a very specific area where the fish are hanging. Most fishermen use cork stoppers with jibs, but you can also use this as a live bait platform.

In any case, busted corks are simply floats armed with plastic and metal beads to make noise and attract fish. Some corks have a cup-shaped opening like a surface lure to help displace water.

The whole configuration catches the attention of the fish because it sounds like a baitfish fighting or dying, and many species simply cannot resist hitting it. This is mainly a lowland technique that you will want to try from the coast near the structure.

Three way swivel

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It does not become much simpler than this. Attach a three-way swivel at the end of your line and then add a weight to one end of the swivel and a hook or lure to the other.

The good thing about this technique is that you can suspend a decoy that normally doesn't dive deeper just above the bottom. Sometimes people also use this configuration for trolling.

This fishing method is so simple and so effective that it is a staple food not only in salt water, but also in fresh water. The only limits of what you can catch depend on the type of lure and bait you are using and the strength of your equipment.

Use this technique when the fish are kept at a very specific depth just below the bottom to keep their bait or lure in the attack zone constantly.

Bolt or rig "Trolley"

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This method is a bit more complicated and will test your fishing skills. The technique has many names, such as pin fishing, trolley fishing or king fishing. Whatever you want to call it, this is a popular technique for fish such as mackerel or cobia from piers or bridges.

Basically, you are using two bars to take out the bait where the big fish are. A fishing rod serves as a "guide line." You throw it and hook it on the bottom with a large plumb line.

The second bar is often referred to as the "combat bar." This is the one you will use to fish. The pin rig joins the bait and the line to the guide line, usually through a clothespin. This helps you get the bait where the fish are.

Then, simply block your bars and wait for a big fish to hit. The bites release the hook and bait of the guide, which gives you space to fight the fish.

Sounds complicated, but it's easier to understand once you see someone fix it.

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