Sunday, May 17, 2020

The Rig

On the last post comments, Bill Trussell asked if I would show the rig I use at the lake. It's been successful in most all lakes I've fished and could even work in the ocean. So here goes.

I have a picture of the slip sinker rig I use somewhere on my computer. Unfortunately I have about 10,000 pictures, most separated by lake or camping place or what ever, but that one, and I know it's here someplace, does not want to be found today.

So let me describe it. 

All my rods have 4# rest line on them. I particularly like Trilene XT in the blue color. I don't fish with a "bite bobber" like many do. I watch the line and it seems that the blue is easier to see off the end of the rod.

That said, I slip a egg sinker on the line and tie off a #7 brass swivel. You can use 1/4 oz., 3/8 oz., 1/2 oz., depending on the wind conditions and up to 6 pounds if you're fishing in a hurricane although I don't recommend this type of fishing.

From the other end of the swivel I add leader depending on the depth you're fishing and how far you want your bait off the bottom. I use a leader anywhere from 12" to 36". On the end of the leader I use a #18 treble hook. With this small hook, I have little if any trouble keeping Power Bait on.

If you're fishing Power Eggs, I use the same rig, just change the #18 treble for a #6 bait hook. On a #6 bait hook you can use 1, 2, or 3 eggs or a combination of eggs and mice tails. Sometimes I'll put on a mice tail and follow it with a couple different colored eggs or the same color eggs as the mice tail. It's just a matter of what the trout want that particular day.

Image result for slip sinker rig for trout

I copied this off the internet. If you use a #7 swivel, you don't need the plastic bead.

Lastly (is that a word?) my secret is using 4# Fluorocarbon line for the leader. The thing is, the fish can't see it and if you cover the small treble hook completely all they see is the ball of Power Bait. You only need a ball the size of a pea. More is not better.

That's it, stay tuned. 


  1. Hi Mark,

    I'm a novice fisherman determined on catching some trout. I live up north in California in Cedarville, and have fished at Blue lake, Lake annie, Stout Reservoir and Cedar creek and have yet to catch anything as of the last month. I've been reading your blogs and wanted to see if you could help me.

    I don't have a boat, so I fish right by the shore. As of this time, I've attempted to fish with some different baits and lures. First, I used a bobber followed by a small weight split shot sinker and some 6" of line to the hook. This did not work out for me.

    I then tried to use a barrel sinker which slides, a swivel, and then a foot and a half of leader connected to a size 6 hook. For bait, I used nightcrawlers. I went to these lakes at about 9 to 11 AM. I cast into the water but never get a bite. I attempted to use power bait, but haven't hooked anything either.

    I've even tried using rooster tails, but haven't hooked a trout. I'm kind of getting frustrated at these attempts. Do you have any advice for me? A follower of your blog, Thank you.

    1. Hi. This could take a while so why don't you send me an email at and I can give you a much longer explanation and get you into some trout.

  2. Mark
    Like this set-up I would assume this set-up would work fishing for catfish? Is there any current in these lake to move the Power-bait? Thanks for sharing

    1. Hi Bill. Most lakes have movement and it's generally enough to "wiggle" Power Bait. For Catfish, a regular hook and what ever they eat should work.