Dredge Fishing from Smaller Boats: Rig the Swimming Plug
The dredge and swimming plug will ride independently of each other, with the dredge swimming behind the plug. This setup leaves the plug free to swim, dig in and run deep. What’s more, the plug swimming in front of the dredge acts as yet another teaser, providing a more realistic illusion than a trolling sinker.
1) Select a long-lipped, deep-diving plug, such as the Mann’s Stretch 30 and 40, or Rapala’s X-RAP Magnum 30, and remove the hooks.
2) Secure the plug to 20 inches of 920-pound cable crimped around a thimble to the split ring or eye of the plug.
3) Crimp the opposite end of the cable onto one eye of a 500-pound-test, three-way swivel (two interlocked swivels are pictured in the gallery above).
4) Attach the 300-pound-test ball-bearing snap swivel on the dredge line to the eye adjacent to the one carrying the swimming plug.
5) Secure a 30-inch length of cable to the third eye, and crimp another 300-pound ball-bearing snap swivel to its opposite end, and fasten this to the dredge
-George Poveromo, SWS Editor-at-Large