This two-hook rig is your best possible configuration for achieving maximum casting distance. The one-up, one-down loop arrangement places two baited hooks directly behind the lead weight for minimum drag so the sea angler can gain those extra yards.
Also known as the one-up, one-down clipped rig, Loop, Portsmouth rig and the Golds rig after matchman Ian Golds of Portsmouth, who first came up with the idea of using an inline Cascade swivel on the lower hook, snood.
So what was the rig designed for? It is primarily for fishing at extreme range with fairly large baits so it can be used for cod or freelance fishing situations when a bait has to be fished that little bit further out.
It can be made in a two-up, one-down format for match ishing; we will show you how to make this particular rig a little later in the series.
The rig is so streamlined it can beat the weather, making it particularly effective for punching baits into a strong head or side wind.
As with all clipped rigs in this series, a Gemini SRT spring is included in the rig below the top snood to tension the clipped down baits. This is very effective when the wind is buffeting the cast and you need to keep the baited hooks in their clips.
This configuration of two hook snoods is fairly tangle-free and enables you to space several hooks further apart than most other rig designs.
Made with long snoods, this rig is the perfect answer for your long-range match fishing for dogfish or ray using a frozen sandeel for bait.
Components you will need
As with all of the power casting or long-range rigs in this series we recommend you only use top quality components, especially those that are under stress during the cast.
Rig body – minimum 60lb Ultima mono; better to use 70lb if you are power casting
Hook snood – minimum 25lb
Amnesia or similar copolymer no memory line
I x Gemini Genie lead link
1 x 80lb swivel for top of rig
2 x 45lb swivels
1 x Breakaway Cascade swivel
5 x micro rig beads.
2 x crimps.
3 x 15lb Power Gum stop knots
1 x Gemini SRT spring
2 x 1cm lengths of Gemini silicone rig tubing and sequins for creating bait stops
2 x hooks (Size 1 for general fishing, up to size 3/0 for cod)
1 x Breakaway Impact lead or wired sinker with Impact Shield
1. Thread on a crimp, bead, 45lb swivel and another bead. Follow this with the Gemini SRT spring and another bead. This is for the top snood
2. Now thread on another crimp from the bottom followed by a bead, 45lb swivel and another bead. Tie the Genie lead link to the end of the line and attach Impact Lead
3. Measure out the length of the rig, which can be between 4-6ft depending on the snood length required, then tie on the top swivel
4. You can now tie a Power Gum stop knot, using the fourturn Grinner knot, belowthe bead that holds the SRT spring and upper swivel
5. Close the crimp at the bottom of the rig, so that it secures the lower swivel between the beads close to the lead link
6. Tie a 2ft length of 25lb mono to the lower swivel, which will then hold the Cascade swivel
7. Tie the mono on the Cascade swivel via the curved loop, then tie on another 6in of line to the Cascade swivel eye
8. The top snood consisting of 2ft of mono is tied to the top swivel, located above the SRT spring
9. Add a 1cm length of silicone tubing to each hook snood. Pass the line through the silicone tubing twice and pull so it locks on the line to form the bait stop
10. Add a sequin to each snood and then tie on each hook. Note: The snood positions should be adjusted to allowthe rig to be clipped up properly
Clipping the hooks for casting
The top snood hook clips into the Cascade swivel on the lower snood and the lower snood hook onto the wire hook on the Impact Lead.
You will see there a loop of line left hanging and this is where the rig gets its name. It does not restrict the rig.
It is essential to include a Gemini SRT spring on the top hook snood to tension the snoods and counter any chance of premature release in a buffeting wind.