How to build a two-hook clipped-up rig for long range fishing on twin baited hooks.
The two-hook clipped-up rig first saw the light of day in the 1970s when Yorkshire and east coast anglers started using bait clips in matches to gain extra casting distance. It was a natural progression from the basic paternoster, but allowed anglers to fish long range with two baited hooks close together, and to vary baits and snood length for different species. Clipping the baits up meant you could have one bait hard on the sea bed fishing tight behind the lead, and one in the middle of the rig, yet still in the sea-bed feeding zone when fishing to a tight line.
How it Works
This rig excels at fishing two baits at maximum range with the clipped-up baits tucked tight in to the rig to streamline everything. Also air pressure during the cast keeps the bait tight around the hook, reserving bait presentation. Another advantage is that the hooklength positioned tight behind the lead presents the bait perfectly for flatfish feeding hard on the sea bed. The higher hooklength is prone to more tide and surf movement, which will attract round fish swimming just up off the sea bed such as whiting, coalfish, poor cod, pout, bass and codling.
Using two hooks means you can use different bait combinations to firstly find out which fish species are present, but also allows you to experiment with different baits and bait combinations to ascertain which are most effective on the day to maximise your catch. Having two baits in close proximity also increases the scent trail to pull fish in from further away.
In calm seas snoods of 18 inches are more effective, as they add more natural movement to the bait as the tide and surf tables dictate. In rougher seas shorter 12in snoods will tangle less and present the bait better for an attacking fish. Clear monofilament is okay, but experienced anglers prefer fluorocarbon. The reason being is that it’s slightly stiffer than mono and therefore less prone to tangling when fishing in a lively surf. Typically hooklengths need be no more than 25lb, and mostly 20lb is a good all-round choice.However, in clear, calm sea conditions, dropping down to just 10lb and small size 6 Aberdeen hooks can increase the catch rate substantially when fishing at long range in shallow water.