Split Shot Rig

Fishing Rigs

The Split Shot Rig is a very popular live bait rig that works for so many different types of live and cut bait.  Anglers also use this rig a lot with soft plastics such as plastic worms, minnows, lizards and more.  It is a simple rig that consists of a split shot as the weight and the hook.

Best Baits on a Split Shot Rig

You can use a variety of baits with a weightless rig, but here are some of the best.


Skirted Twin Tail Grubs

Lizards & Creatures

Creature Baits



Soft Plastic Leeches

Minnows & Jerkbaits

Soft Plastic Minnows & Jerkbaits

Crayfish Baits

Crayfish Baits



Curly Tail Worms

Finesse Worms

Floating Worms

Fork Tail Worms

Paddle Tail Worms


Wacky Worms

Live or Natural Baits

You can use any live or natural bait on a weightless rig.  The fish would obviously have to be in the shallows or very high in the water column for this technique to work.  Take a look at our fishing with live bait section to learn more about these baits.

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