How to make a Knocker rig for fishing(Bottom Rigs) step by step guide

Knocker rig for fishing is specially used for catching underwater swimming fish. Small and bottom-feeding fish is love to hide under the larger cover and submerged to stay safe from predators. In this case, a knocker rig is best to reach the fishing bait to the fish.

Despite having another rig like an in-line shaper rig and three-way swivel rig, the knocker rig is best for bottom-feeding fish because it allows the fishing bait to float around the bottom-feeding fish. So, we will discuss in-depth the knocker rig in the next part.

What is a knocker rig?

What is a knocker rig

A knocker rig is a small weight that helps to sink the fishing hook under the water properly. Generally, the fishing line has to tie with the barrel swivel; then there should have a knocker rig between the barrel swivel and fishing hook. Also, know that the fishing line will go inside the knocker rig hole to connect with the hook.

The basic components of a knocker rig:

  • Egg sinker
  • Circle hook
  • Bead

The fish species is easy to catch with a knocker rig:

  • Snapper
  • Porgies
  • Tarpons
  • Amberjack
  • Tilefish
  • The Goliath Grouper 
  • Snappers
  • Rockfish

The benefits of knocker rig for fishing

  • It performs best bottom fishing rigs for snapper like yellow tail, red, and grey
  • Knocker rig is convenient to catch the fish from direct top reefs and nearest wrecks
  • This rig is suitable to connect the fishing rod with the barrel swivel
  • It can sink properly and let the live bait swim naturally

How to Make a Knocker Rig by yourselves


A smaller weight is the main component of a knocker rig; this weight will stay with the direct mud and let the rig float. You can use an egg sinker weight for 10 feet leader. The weight will be 1-ounce weight. Also, 1 ounce of weight may not work if the flow of water is high. In that case, you can use a bigger egg sinker. It would help if you used a heavier knocker rig for grouper.


Keep in mind that monofilament line would be the best choice to target the bottom-feeding fish species. It provides rig stability and also can prevent abrasion.


Circle hooks are using for knocker rig from several years because it suits best with knocker rig. Good information for you that circle hooks can handle the aggressive underwater fish. 


First of all, try to learn the Snell know tying. Knot works for ideal rig set up. You have to run the tag last part and enter through the hook eye. After then make a little loop knot behind the shank. 


In this step, you have to set up the fishing bait. There have two types of bait, like live and dead bait. You can buy both of these bait from a tackle shop. 

When to Use a Knocker Rig

knocker rig for fishing

 Knocker rigs are more effective when fishing from the bottom of the lake or river. It is built with a thinner profile to reach the spot where fish can hide in the bottom water.

  • For shore fishing spots like under the bridges, piers, and around the pylons. 
  • It would be best for fishing around different wrecks and reefs.
  • Knocker rig is also best for all kinds of freshwater fishing
  • It is good for fishing in-depth water like a river or lake

How to Tie a Knocker Rig


What is the best rig for snapper? 

Snapper needs more effective rigs like pilchards, squid, and fish strips. The slow sinking bait seems hard to the snappers. So, you can use a little weighted knocker for snappers. On the other hand, you can use the lightweight rig for the 30-meter depth or less than the 30-meter depth. 

Does the sinker go above the hook?

Sinker position is always above the hook. You can set up one or two sinkers with the weight as per your need. The distance between the hook and sinker would be 6 to 12 inches

What’s the best rig for saltwater fishing?

In a word, the Carolina rig is best for saltwater fishing. When it comes to the Knocker rig vs Carolina rig difference, their knocker rig is best for freshwater. On the other hand, you can use both dead and live bait with this rig. Moreover, this rig can keep the bait closer when it is getting tough with the mud. 

What is a barrel swivel?

A barrel swivel is a small sizes line connector that makes the connection between the fishing hook and line. Maybe you can connect the hook and line with a barrel swivel but it would not best.

Final word:

In the end, I will say that Konak is a universal rig; it is compatible with several types of fishing line and hook. Most importantly, the knocker rig is superior for catching bottom and saltwater fishing. Moreover, knockers can control the moving of both natural and artificial bait. You can make a knocker rig by yourselves easily. 

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