How to Tie a Rig Using Feathers / Sabikis

by David Proudfoot

Feathers / Sabikis

Suitable for all baitfish and smaller round fish of most species. Most anglers use shop bought versions of these lures which are fine for boat fishing but unsafe for distance casting. While most sabikis are whipped onto spade-end hooks several of the Shamrock Tackle range have eyed hooks which makes it easy to prepare your own versions.

Sabikis Rig Components

Main Body

1 x Oval Split Ring or swivel

1 x Lead Link

Approx. 1.5 metre length 50-80lb BS main line

The Rig Body

1. Tie on the lead link.

2. Tie on the oval split ring.

3. Tie three suitably spaced blood loops and cut the loops. Commercial traces tend to use water knots which is why the lures hang differently depending upon which end the lead is attached. The water knot allows you to use a lighter breaking strain for the snood.

4. Tie the sabikis to the snoods.

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Small feathers or sabikis rig

There are numerous sources of terminal tackle both locally and on-line, here are a few suggestions –

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