How to Tie a Shad Rig or Hopping Rig

by David Proudfoot

Hopping Rig

This hopping or shad rig is used close to the seabed to “hop” the plastic lure along using short, controlled lifts and drops.

Shad Rig Components

Main Body

1 x Trace Swivel

1 x Tubing Boom

1 x Link

1 x Bead

Approx. 500 mm length 40-50lb BS main line


1 x 900 to 1500 mm length 20 – 50lb BS snood; fluorocarbon or clear nylon

1 x Trace Swivel

1 x Shad or Leadhead

The Rig Body

1. Tie on the swivel to the trace length and thread on the tubing boom, add a bead and link to the line at the longer end of the boom. A French boom can be substituted.

2. Tie the second swivel to one end of the snood and the shad or leadhead to the other.

3. Clip the snood to the link.

5. Attach a rotten bottom length to the boom link to carry the lead.

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shad hopping rig

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