How to Tie King Mackerel Rigs


King mackerel inhabit the Gulf of Mexico and the Atlantic Ocean from Massachusetts to Brazil. The fish is coveted due to its delicious taste and protein-rich, low-fat content. Characterized by its iron-gray coloring on the back -- and silvery hues on the belly and sides -- this fish typically ranges from 5 to 20 lbs. Catching king mackerel requires an effective rig that keeps up with this speedy and voracious game fish.

Things You'll Need

  • 2 treble hooks, No. 4
  • Wire leader, 60 to 90-lb. test

Tie a Mackerel Rig

  • Pass the wire through the hook eye, and make a haywire twist.

  • Determine the length between the two hooks based on the size of your bait. If using baits like blue runner or yellow jack, a length of about 6 inches is ideal.

  • Tie the second treble hook 6 inches from the first hook. Adjust the length as necessary.

  • Secure the second treble hook with a haywire twist.

Make a Haywire Twist

  • Thread the wire through the hook eye; fold back 6 inches of the wire. Rotate the tag end over the standing wire. Firmly hold the wire crossing-point between your thumb and index finger.

  • Begin a series of haywire twists by rotating the wires. Ensure that the tag end and standing wire are almost parallel to each other. As the twists are progressing, continue applying pressure by sliding your fingers closer to the wraps.

  • Make six twists, and then make five barrel wraps. This is accomplished by bending the tag end at a 90-degree angle to the twists. Form tight wraps against the twists.

  • Bend the tip of the tag end approximately 1 inch; bend at a 90-degree angle to the main wire. Make a series of half rotations -- between the main loop in the leader and the standing wire -- until the wire breaks free at the barrel wrap's base.

Tips & Warnings

  • Interlock the loops of your main and stinger leaders to prevent slipping, and to allow the lead hook free movement. This also prevents your rig from binding.

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