How Do You Rig Your Pole for Pier Fishing?

Pier fishing is a popular pastime for many fishermen, allowing them to enjoy the calming sound of the waves and the thrill of catching a fish. It can also be a great way to spend time with friends and family. But before you can start fishing, you need to know how to rig your pole for pier fishing.

The first step in rigging your pole is to select the right line. When it comes to pier fishing, monofilament line is typically the best choice as it offers good abrasion resistance and flexibility.

You should also ensure that your line has enough strength for the size of fish you are Targeting. A good rule of thumb is to use a line that has a breaking strength that is at least double the weight of your largest Target species.

Next, you need to choose the right hook. When it comes to pier fishing, circle hooks are often recommended as they provide better hooking power than standard J-hooks. They also minimize deep hooking and help keep fish alive when released back into the water.

Once you have chosen your hook and line, the next step is getting them ready for use on your pole. Start by attaching your hook onto the end of your line with an improved clinch knot. This knot provides good holding power and helps prevent accidental slipping or breakage.

Finally, attach a weight or sinker onto the other end of your line using an overhand knot or an egg loop knot. The weight will help keep your bait near the bottom where most fish tend to congregate and will help attract them with its vibrations while they swim by.


Rigging your pole for pier fishing doesn’t have to be difficult if you know what steps to take. Start by selecting a good quality monofilament line with enough strength for your Target species, then attach a circle hook with an improved clinch knot and finish off by adding a weight or sinker on the other end using an overhand knot or egg loop knot. With these steps in mind, anyone can easily rig their poles for successful pier fishing trips!

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Michael Allen