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How to Tie a Wessex Rig

The Wessex rig is a one up, one down short to medium distance shore rig in which the bottom hook is free running. It can also be effective from the boat.

Wessex Rig Components

Main Body

1 x Oval Split Ring

3 x 3mm Beads

1 x Snood Swivel

1 x Trace Swivel

1x Link Swivel or Trace Swivel with Lead Link

1 x Crimps

1 x Breakaway Adjustable Crimps; telephone wire or Powergum stops can be substituted

Approx. 1 to 1.2 metre length 60-80lb BS main line


2 x 300 to 450 mm length 20 – 30lb BS snood

2 x 1 to 2/0 hook

The Rig Body

1. Tie on the trace swivel and thread on a bead followed by the link swivel to carry the lead.

2. Thread on the following components in this order;

Breakaway Adjustable Crimp / Bead / Swivel / Bead / Crimp

3. Tie on the oval split ring. A swivel can be substituted.

4. Tie the hook to one end of the top snood length then tie the second snood length to the trace swivel and attach the hook.

wessex rig

There are numerous sources of terminal tackle both locally and on-line, here are a few suggestions –

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