Can You Explain What A Boom Rig Is?

Can you explain what a boom rig is?

As you begin your fishing training, unofficially or officially, you will come upon terms like these that may sound complex and difficult to use, but the fact is that most things in fishing have simple answers.

A boom rig is a type of fishing jig that allows anglers to fish foul bottoms without getting their lines as tangled with bottom weeds and grasses.  It suspends the hook on a boom, which, just as it sounds, holds the hook perpendicular to your line weight, with the barb and bait pointing upwards, suspended just above the bottom.  This is quite helpful anytime you are fishing foul bottoms, but especially so when the wind is up and the drift is strong.  Often, in such conditions, what happens is the hooks keep getting foul, and the drift is too swift to allow the fish to bite, or to allow you to properly feel when the fish DO bite.  Using a boom alleviates that problem by keeping the hook suspended off the bottom, adjacent to the weight, which can then help prevent the hook from drifting.

Using a boom can work well even when using bigger weights can not, when fishing the bottom is necessary to catch your fish, when the wind is high, and when the bottom is foul.  Boom rigs tend to work very well when they are rigged with a trace of about a meter, to the sinker.

Lastly, realize that many of these terms, such as boom rigs, are used differently in one location or the next.  Maybe you have heard of a boom rig before by another name.


Daniel Eggertsen
Dan Eggertsen is a fellow saltwater fishing enthusiast to the point of obsession. :) He's been providing solid advice on saltwater fishing since 2004.

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