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How to build a clipped down pennel pulley cod rig

Surf cod fishing rig

A step by step guide to building a clipped down pennel pulley cod rig.

Surf cod fishing rig
1. Begin with a 30-inch length of 80lb Rig Body line. Tie on a Gemini lead clip link at the base.

Surf cod fishing rig

2. Slide on a 5mm bead, a size 4 rolling swivel, or better still a Pulley Rig Bead, and another 5mm bead.

Surf cod fishing rig

3. To the remaining free end of 80lb line add a strong size 4 rig body swivel. The hook trace is a 24-inch length of 30/40lb clear line tied to the end of the size 4 rolling swivel. Fluorocarbon is popular as it offers a high abrasion resistance and is stiffer than mono, so less prone to tangling in big surfs.

Surf cod fishing rig

4. The two-hook Pennel rig uses a Mustad Viking 79510 top hook, and a Viking 79515 lower hook, both size 4/0’s. Slide the top hook on to the hook length via the eye. Now tie on the bottom hook. To secure the top hook after baiting up, position the hook about an inch above the bait, wrap the hook length around the shank of the top hook three times and pass the hook point in through the top of the bait for perfect presentation.

5. For casting, put the bottom hook in the clip of the lead clip link. The hook will fall free of the clip when the lead weight hits the seas surface.

When fishing rougher ground: Tie a short section of weaker 20lb line to the eye of the Gemini clip link, then tie the free end to the eye of a lead. The eye of the lead then sits on the actual bent clip wire for casting. The lead will fall free of the bent clip when the lead weight hits the sea.