Split Shot Rig

The Split Shot Rig is as basic as it gets.  Attach a split shot weight above the hook, anywhere between 8 to 24 inches, and you have a classic fish catching rig.   This rig is most commonly fished with live bait, whether a minnow or nightcrawler.  The bigger the bait the bigger the weight. Shorten the distance between the hook and split shot weight and the live bait has more restricted movement, lengthen the distance and the bait can move erratically.