Home / How to Sea Fish / Sea Fishing Rigs / 2 hook clipped up rig

2 hook clipped up rig

2 Hook Clipped Up

The two-hook clipped up rig was devised from the basic paternoster. It came about back in the 1970’s when the bait clip was first being used by anglers from Yorkshire and the East Coast.

The introduction of bait clips meant that you could use two hook snoods on the same rig body, the two baits were then clipped up, not down as was common at the time, to give both maximum casting range, and during the flight of the cast air pressure would keep the bait firmly on the hook.

This rig is excellent for fishing two baits at maximum range due to the streamlined nature of the clipped up baits. Also air pressure guarantees that the bait, in flight, is pushed in to the bend of the hook making sure you retain the bait where the hook point is.

Being able to fish two baits at range is also an advantage. Firstly the hook length positioned tight behind the lead presents the bait perfectly for flatfish feeding hard on the seabed. The higher hook length offers slightly more movement to the bait and you’ll find you tend to pick up whiting, school bass and pout that prefer to feed just up off the seabed more frequently on this upper hook.

Using two hooks also allows you to use different bait combinations to ascertain what fish want on the day, but also to fish two different baits in close proximity, maybe a fish bait and worm bait. Again this can see say whiting taking the fish bait, but school bass and flounder taking a worm bait. It allows you to target two or more species on the same rig.

In calm seas the longer 18-inch hook lengths work best as these maximise bait movement in the tide, but when fishing heavier surf conditions, use hook lengths of just 12-inches. This reduces the chance of tangles and also helps keep the baits tighter to the seabed as the incoming surf tables wash over the rig and lift it and the line upwards momentarily.

In very clear, calm, gin clear seas and shallow water, use Fluoro carbon hook lengths of just 10lb breaking strain on this rig. Casting to maximum range, you can often tickle fish out when other anglers are blanking in these conditions. Also drop down on the size of the hooks, typically to a size 6 Aberdeen.


1. Take a 46-inch length of clear 60lb mono.

2. At one end tie on a Gemini lead link.

3. Slide on a rig crimp, followed by a Breakaway 3mm rig bead, a size 8 rolling swivel, and another bead and crimp.

4. Above these add another crimp, a rig bead and a Breakaway bait clip, which needs to be slid on to the rig body line upside down with the hook end of the clip facing upwards.

5. Slide on a rig crimp, followed by a Breakaway 3mm rig bead, a size 8 rolling swivel, and another bead and crimp.

6. Now slide on a crimp, bead and upside down Breakaway bait clip. Leave all the above components free to slide on the rig body line for the moment.

7. Complete the rig by adding a Gemini 80lb rolling swivel at the top.

8. Next step is to crimp the first snood swivel in place 1-inch above the lead link. Leave just enough room between the two crimps and beads for the swivel to freely turn.

9. The hook links need to be 20lb clear mono, or better still Fluoro carbon, between 12 and 18 inches long. Use 12 inches for rough seas and 18 inches if it’s calm.

10. On to each hook link slide on a rubber rig stop and either a sequin to act as a bait stop, or for night fishing use a luminous 3mm bead. Finish by tying on a size 2 Sakuma 560 Stinger Aberdeen hook.

11. Put the hook in the bait clip and slide the bait clip up the rig until the hook snood comes just tight. Slide the crimp and bead up towards the bait clip and crimp it in place half an inch below the bait clip to allow the clip to slide downwards a little under pressure.

12. The second snood swivel needs crimping about 3-inches above the first bait clip. .

13. Position the bait clip and crimp in place as before. This positions the top hook inside the bait clip just a couple of inches or so below the main connector swivel.

There is no real need for bait stops above the hook on this rig as the air pressure during the cast is forcing the bait towards the hook, but it helps you give neater bait presentation when using small ragworm and lug baits, plus adds a little attraction from the sequin or luminous bead.

2 Hook Clipped Up