Hello Everybody! This is Fishthatwontquit! Today I want to show you my plunking setup that I used for spring chinook. A very simple method but also can be very effective! So, let’s get started. This rig is nice because what you’re basically doing is throwing a honking piece of lead out into the river and making sure it sits there, and have your lure just hang off the end�.
wait for that fish to bite. Most commonly used out here in Oregon and Washington are these Spin N Glos. This is the lure that we will put on the end of the rig, but I wanted to show you a start to finish method of how to set this up.
First, we’re going to start with our mainline. So, this is basically going to be the line coming off of your rod. I’m using a 40 pound monofilament, and the first thing you’re going to set it up to is a spreader.
So, what a spreader is going to do for you is make sure that all your gear is hopefully going to not be tangled up in itself and also what this spreader accomplishes for you is, this little piece here will spin.
So, basically if you throw your gear out and your lure is hopefully not tangled, but if it is, basically the idea is that the current will be able to push this into the right direction causing your lure than to be right behind it there causing it to be in the strike zone.
One thing important to notice about these spreaders is the way that this wire is wrapped around the middle. What you want to do is tie your mainline to this part of the spreader where this is going to be facing upward.
You don’t want it to be this way. So what we’ll start with is the knot on this top eyelet of the spreader. Now you can use any knot you really like. I have knot videos on my channel. So, if you’re wondering I’m using an improved clinch knot just to tie the spreader on.
So, do that really quick. Of course, I’ll put some links up in the description so that you can learn how to tie these if you’re unfamiliar. Alrighty. I want cut this tag end off, so it’s nice and clean.
All right so you got your first knot set up to your spreader. The next thing I like to do is get my rig all set up. So, that’s the Spin N Glo. So, the basic setup for this is going to be a Spin N Glo.
You got two beads and a hook. This is a size 4/0 that I’m using. Gamakatsu octopus hook. And we’re going to use an egg loop knot. I think it’s the most effective and strongest knot for the setup. I’m using here 30 pound for my leader test.
Luckily, Spring Chinook aren’t to line shy so you can even get away with going up higher than this but I think 30 is a good medium. I hope I catch a 30 pounder. And again, what you’re going to do is do an egg loop knot.
I have a video on this as well. So, I’m going to tie this really quickly. I’ll do a quick demonstration of it. Basically, line through the eye that way, wrap about four or five times, hold it, put the other end into the eye of the hook this way, and then wrap everything again about four or five times.
And then you’re going to want to pull this tag in through the eye of the hook and get it all tightened and cinch it down. Alright I’m going to cut this little tag end off. Clean it up a little bit. Alright, so you got your hook tied on.
Now you’re going to want to put your beads on. What the beads are going to do is act as a bearing for your Spin N Glo. This way it will spin a little bit better in the water. I like to put 2, you can put one, you put several more�completely your preference.
I like the look of two personally. So, let’s thread those on and then next what you want to do is go ahead and put your s Spin N Glo on. So you�re going to put it in this direction you want the hook to be coming off of this back end here.
So, we’ll toss that in, lower it down, and that is your basic Spin N Glos setup. I’ve got the 4/0 Octopus Hook, Egg loop knot, two 6 millimeter beads here. And you know, I can’t I’ll be honest I can’t think of the size of the Spin N Glo.
I think it�s a four or a six. It’s a very medium-sized. The idea is that when you throw in the water it just spins like that and the fish will hopefully grab on to that! Now for a leader length you know this is also preference of your own.
I used to go a little longer three to four feet. I have now shortened it up and this actually, is exactly the length I would use. It�s about a foot and a half. Not very long. I thought for a long time I didn’t think it would work, but comes the show it does.
I’ve caught fish with just a shorter leader and also it makes it a little bit more manageable for you to throw it out to the water without it all tangling up. Now you want to do tie your leader to the end of the spreader.
And I’m going to use that cinch knot one more time. Nothing fancy here. This 30 pound is pretty strong so you shouldn’t be worried about your knot strength, but make sure of course you’re tying a good knot.
Alright I got that cinched down. Clean this up a little bit. Now clean it up. Alright, so what we’re at right now is we got our mainline going to the top of the spreader. We got our leader with our lure on the end to the end of this spreader.
Now, the weight section will just go on the very bottom. Now depending on your River condition. How fast it is, how fast the current is, you’re going to adjust your weight you know. Where I’m fishing, the Columbia in the Willamette, 8 ounces 10 ounces maybe 12.
I never really have to go up there. I’m going off of a sandy bottom so 8 to 10 typically will do the job for me. What you’re going to want to do is tie the line to the bottom of the spreader. Since I’m on a sandy bottom I’m not too worried about snagging, so I use a little heavier line.
This is the 30 pound I use just for the leader. Now if you’re going to be on a rocky or bottom I would suggest just putting your line pound test a little lower. This way you’re not breaking off all your gear, but just your lead if that’s the case.
But yeah basically this knot, I have about a foot a line here. And on one end you’re going to want to bend it over grab all of it and just do a basic overhand knot. So, with both lines grab that tying it down, and have a little loop on the end there.
A little knot there� and then the rest of the line. So, I’m a big stickler on cleaning everything up. I�m going to get that going. Basically, what you’re doing is using this loop to tie on to your weight.
So Basically, get that little loop, put it right through the eye of this weight. I get the little tag end of your line and right through the loop then just tighten it down. I got your weight line right there, and this knot also acts as a breaking point.
So, if you do get snagged, hopefully that knot will break before your leaders will. Now what you do is tie this weight to the bottom of your spreader, and again just a simple improved cinch knot. I�ll do that really quick.
Alright bear with me a second here guys. Just using my teeth to cinch it all down here. It�s my third hand. Cutting off that tag end there, that’s the noise you just heard. Alrighty guys. So, I have a very basic completed plunking rig.
So basically, one more overview of what we got here. So, starting on the right, we have our mainline� A forty-pound test monofilament, coming to a 3-way spreader. Making sure that you�re tying the mainline to the top of the spreader where this middle part is on the very top, Not flipped upside down.
Next, we went ahead and made our leader with our Spin N Glo, two beads� six millimeter beads. With a 4/0 Octopus hook, to an Egg Loop Knot. This is a thirty-pound test. I’m using about a foot and a half a leader.
And that can go all the way up to six feet. Really it just depends on your preference. Also, water clarity will play an effect into that. Of course, a dirtier water, you can get away with a heavier line.
And a longer leader is pretty much for a clear water because the fish may be a little spookier. Salmon don’t seem to be as spooked. So, leader length that’s what I use. And then I got about a foot of weight line.
Thirty pound for a sandy bottom. I would lower that down to, you know, twenty pound if you’re on a rockier bottom and you’re afraid of snagging up. And I got a pyramid sinker. This is an 8 ounce�10oz� 12oz, you know, maybe down to 6oz�depending on where you’re fishing.
Basically, what you do� you cast this gear out. Your weight will land. Your spreader is going to be in the current, and you’re Spin N Glo will get pulled up, and it’ll float. Basically, sit there on the bottom just spinning away, and hopefully catch a fish.
And by the way, I prefer the Egg Loops Knot on all these kinds of rigs. Just because you can add things that you like a little easier. Whether it be eggs or sand shrimp, yarn� anything of your choosing.
You toss it right in that loop� cinch it on down. The main thing to remembers is, if you’re putting on baits and what not, make sure that everything still floats. You don’t want this to be too low, but then again these are pretty buoyant lures.
Yeah this is my basic setup and one thing also to point out is that you can add on an additional setup. So, you have not just one rig out there. Basically, you’ll have kind of a line going to another spreader here.
So you can have two in a row going out there. Double up your chance a little bit. Hopefully that is a little tip for you guys to catch some Springer’s this year. The season is starting, so get out there throw out a Spin N Glo, and sit back relax and have some nice dinner hopefully.