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How to Tie a Tope Rig

The tope rig is constructed with a bite length of either heavy duty monofilament or a short length of wire. It also incorporates a rubbing leader to help protect the rig from damage from the tope’s rough skin.

Tope Rig Components

Tubing Boom

1 x Trace Swivel

1 x Bead

1 x Link Approx. 500 mm 60-80lb BS line

Main Body

Approx 2 metre length 60-80lb BS shock leader


2 x Heavy duty swivel

1 x 300 mm of 80 – 150lb multi-strand wire. This can be omitted if using 250lb nylon.

2 x crimps

1 x 1.2 to 3 metre length 150 – 250lb BS mono snood. Skippers prefer the heavier nylon as it is easier to handle the fish at the side of the boat.

1 x 6/0 to 8/0 hook, either barbless or with bar flattened with pliers.

The Rig Body

1. Thread the line through the tubing boom and attach the swivel to the top. Thread on the bead and tie on the link to the other end.

A zip slider can replace the tubing boom.

2. Crimp the hook to one end of the wire and a swivel to the other.

3. Tie the snood to the second swivel and to the swivel to the wire.

4. Attach the trace swivel to the link below the boom.

a tope rig or trace

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