Inshore insights: Tying and securing a double rig

Great tip to keep that second hook under control during boat ride

Catching speckled trout two at a time is a hallmark of an excellent Louisiana fishing trip — and few rigs are better for the job than the double rig.

The best way to quickly fill limits means two hooks are absolutely better than one — but how do you go about tying a double rig?

It’s easy. It’s just a length of leader line, usually 20-pound test monofilament, with a figure eight loop knot tied into it with uneven pigtails.

Jigheads, normally a 1/4-ounce each, are tied to the two pigtails with a palomar or improved clinch knot.

After that, use whichever soft plastic lure your heart desires. (I like Matrix Shad.)

How do you secure a double rig for travel?

The double rig is an awesome way to load up on trout, but it can be a pain to secure when not in use.

Normal rigs utilizing one hook are simply affixed to the hook keeper on your rod, but the double rig has two. So what do you do with that second hook?

Perhaps you’ve already had that experience: one jighead secured, while the other is flailing about wildly, becoming tangled on everything around it.

Not only can this damage your equipment, but it’s also dangerous. Hooks need to be secured, not loose.

An easy fix

The best way to secure a double rig is to run one jighead through a rod guide, back up towards the other jighead and then just hook the two together. (Refer to the pictures to see this easily.)

Using this method allows you to neatly stow your rods, and also easily deploy the double rig when the bite gets hot.

Editor’s Note: Devin Denman is an avid inshore fisherman who writes the Louisiana Fishing Blog. To read more of his articles, visit

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