The Inshore Rig: Best Tackle for Specks and Reds
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The Inshore Rig: Best Tackle for Specks and Reds

Time spent messing with useless tackle falls into the category of “time not spent catching fish”, my least favorite.

There’s a lot of tackle sold at stores, and most of it is designed to catch more fishermen than fish.

It can be confusing to know what you should invest in.

So I want to share with you this all-purpose rig used when targeting speckled trout and redfish: The Inshore Rig.

Best Fishing Tackle for Speckled Trout and Redfish

The Inshore Rig is simple, low cost, and rarely tangles.

Essentially a Carolina rig, this tackle is easy to mass produce and put away into plastic bags for future use.

What You Need

Start off with the following items:

  • clip-on cork (I prefer an egg cork)
  • length of 20-30lb test monofilament (a yard is the norm, but you can go deeper or shallower depending on where you are fishing)
  • egg sinker (specific weight depends on conditions, so have 1/8oz, 1/4oz, 3/8oz and 1/2oz)
  • barrel swivel (size 5 works)
  • hook (I use a 1/0 kahle hook)
Carolina Rig 1

An egg cork, length of leader line, 1/0 kahle hook, barrel swivel and 1/4oz egg sinker is what I use

A 1/0 kahle hook is best because they don’t tangle and unhooking fish is quick and easy.

Remember what I have said about unhooking fish as fast as possible!

An egg cork is good because it can clip on or off. Sometimes I like to use a weighted egg cork to make it easier to cast into wind or cast farther.

The leader line I use is 30lb test Big Game monofilament.

Monofilament is employed because it doesn’t tangle as easily as braided line.

Also, monofilament is easier to tie and will stretch so it makes for a great shock leader.

This is important since most of my spinning rods use Power Pro braided line.

Carolina Rig 2

Weighted egg corks like this one help us cast further. Be careful, too much weight may not work with the action of your rod.

How to Build The Inshore Rig

  1. Tie the hook to one end of the leader and the barrel swivel to the other end.
  2. Then thread the main line coming off your reel through the egg sinker.
  3. Tie the main line to the other end of the barrel swivel and you are ready to fish!

See how simple that was? It’s not rocket science.

You are using simple fishing tackle components to create a superb rig.

Carolina Rig 3

Carolina Rig 4

Take the cork off to let your bait sink and effectively fish the bottom of the water column…

Afterwards, tie the braided line to the other end of the barrel swivel and you are ready to fish!

See how simple that was? It’s not rocket science.

You are using  simple fishing tackle components to create a superb rig.

The Inshore Rig is Versatile

You can use the Inshore Rig with or without the cork.

When you are  fishing at a spot with deeper water you should fish the top and bottom.

This rig helps you go from one to the other quickly.

Carolina Rig 5

….or clip the cork on to fish the top of the water.

Don’t use stem corks because the metal stem bends and tangles very easily.

Once they are tied on there is no taking it off to fish the bottom.

I fished with stem corks a lot and they are more costly than what they are worth.

Trout Attacked Popping Cork

Trout thought this cork was more appetizing than the live shrimp underneath it! However, these kind of corks seem to tangle more easily than using an Inshore Rig.


The Inshore Rig has stood the test of time, proving to be the best fishing tackle for speckled trout and redfish.

However, this article only covers one rig and how to tie it.

There’s more to catching fish, like:

  • proper boat positioning
  • which egg sinker is the best weight
  • locating the best feeding spots
  • and more

Some of these I touch on inside this blog, but all the good stuff to take you from zero-to-hero is inside my exclusive membership, LAFB Elite.


About the Author Devin Denman

Devin is the founder of Louisiana Fishing Blog and enjoys exploring new fishing spots on Louisiana's coast. He prefers using artificial lures and casting tackle, but won't hesitate to break out a popping cork when the time is right.

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  • Devin Denman says:

    Thanks, Bill! I appreciate your positive feedback!

  • bill runkle says:

    excellent presentation…
    been here before..
    you know how to present what we all are looking for..
    like the way you lay it out on the table.
    Even our Great Grand Son can understand..

  • Devin Denman says:

    Thanks Bill!

  • Bill says:

    very good article…very good presentation..can do..thanks

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