Pitbull Tackle UV Flash Bottom Fish Rig
- An Improved Alternative to your Typical Shrimp Fly Rig -
Pitbull Tackle UV Flash Bottom Fish Rig is a pre-tied rockfish rig featuring two UV-enhanced flies that shine spectacularly underwater. Designed to attract all varieties of bottomfish with or without bait, the Pitbull Tackle UV Flash Bottom Fish Rigs are some of the most advanced shrimp fly rigs to date. This rig utilizes super sharp 5/0 and 7/0 hooks (depending on the rig size) dressed with UV-enhanced bucktail, mylar, and flash tape strands. This allows for superb visibility and detection underwater, allowing the fish to target the flies more easily. When reviewing the colors, you'll notice how detailed and lifelike these attractor flies are. The circle hooks were chosen for this rig to allow for better hookups with fish at depth. The advantage of a circle hook is that as the fish bites and swims with the bait the hook will continue to dig farther into the fish's mouth. This can prove to be a huge advantage to anglers who are fishing deeper water where bites may be harder to feel initially. Overall, the Pitbull Tackle UV Flash Bottom Fish Rig is a must-have for any bottomfish angler.
How To Fish:
First, tie your main line to the barrel swivel on top of the rig. As a helpful hint, many anglers tie a Duolock Snap to their main line which allows the user to quickly snap in and out different rigs or different colors with absolute ease. Next, attach a weight of your choice to the bottom of the rig. At this point, the rig is ready to be fished. As an optional enhancement, scent can be added to the flies or strips of bait such as squid can be threaded onto each fly. Next, lower the rig to the desired depth. This is typically on the bottom, however some fish tend to school up off of the bottom and suspend in the water column. Once the bait has reached the desired depth, slowly raise and lower the flies to entice hungry fish. Occasionally, reeling up through a school of fish while raising and lowering the rod can be an effective strategy, especially in shallower water. Keep in mind that sometimes too much movement can be a bad thing; let the rig work for you by allowing the natural current and drift of the boat to flutter and swim the rig. Once bit, it can be beneficial to leave the rig down in the strike zone for a few more seconds before reeling, as the struggling fish typically excites other fish nearby resulting in the other shrimp fly getting but as well. The Pitbull Tackle UV Flash Bottom Fish Rig utilizes razor sharp circle hooks which keep fish hooked and on the line far better than traditional style hooks. Year in and year out, shrimp fly rigs are the go-to lure in most bottomfish angler's tackle boxes.
In California, anglers can have two hooks per line, and while you will see many different styles, the Pitbull Tackle UV Flash Bottom Fish Rig is definitely the most complete model to date. When using the rig, appropriate tackle considerations include a rod rated in the 15-40lb range. Braided line is an excellent choice for the main line as the fish will only come into contact with the leader. We suggest using torpedo style sinkers ranging from 5oz - 12oz depending on water depth and current.
Hybrid Bottomfish Rig: This method is highly popular among bottomfish anglers up and down the coast. Traditionally, 2-hook shrimp fly rigs with heavy lead weights were the go-to lure for rockfish and ling cod, but anglers sought more out of their gear. Many anglers who were frustrated with catching smaller rockfish species began fishing with swimbaits or larger metal jigs, but oftentimes these lures target only large predators such as ling cod and are far less effective on rockfish. The concept of combining the two rigs then began to take shape. Anglers in California who are restricted to a "two hook limit" on their gear began removing their bottom shrimp fly from their rigs and opted to swap out their heavy lead weights with equally heavy bottomfish jigs. This creates a rig which combines the best of both worlds; a jig on the bottom targets the larger predators such as ling cod while a teaser shrimp fly above targets the more abundant rockfish species.
- Colors (5): Blue, Dark Pink, Olive, Red/Yellow, White
- Sizes (2): 5/0 and 7/0
- Line Strength:
-5/0 40lb Main Line 30lb Dropper Line
-7/0 50lb Main Line 40lb Dropper Line