Pulley Rig Views
THE PULLEY RIG, sometimes called an up and over, is the ultimate rock rig for big fish taken at long range. There are a couple of variations of the pulley, but essentially this trace is for fishing over extremely tough ground. During the retrieve the weight of a hooked fish allows the sliding design to lift up the lead weight, ahead of the fish, which makes it very effective for beating bigger species that feed over rocks and thick seaweed.
The Pulley rig shown opposite uses a pennel type hook set up but can be used with a single hook. The advantage of the pulley rig when used on snaggy bottoms is that once a fish has been hooked the weight of the fish pulls the line through the top swivel and thus lifts the sinker away from the bottom. With the addittion of a bait clip the rig can be cast clipped down for extra distance.
How The Pulley Rig Works The Pulley rig design means that when a fish takes your bait the weight of the fish pulls your lead weight up the line where it tucks in against the swivel where the rig is connected to your main line. This means that as you retrieve your fish the lead weight is not dangling in a position where it can easily become snagged on the rocks and ledges you are fishing over.
The Pulley rig described here is optimised for fishing on the north east coast for cod. Depending on where you are fishing and the species you are targeting you may wish to alter parts of this rig to suite yourself. For example anglers targeting bass with the pulley rig may wish to lighten up a bit and use smaller lead weights and a lighter fluro carbon snoodline. Conversely anglers chasing bigger species like the conger may wish to scale things up. Anglers fishing the roughest of grounds may wish to substitute the lead link for some kind of Rotten Bottom Device.