Capt. John's Top-Secret Hook Setup
Reel Double-Trouble for Mr. Fish!
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Simple Re-Rigging for Ultimate Success!
|Solving the problem of getting a hook into a Salmon on a cut-bait rig is not as easy as it sounds. Being a natural food, the fish tend to gum-it like granny without her dentures in. Savage rips do happen on occasion, but soft light Perch taps can be a likely scenario also.
You must carefully bend the eyelet of the VMC 1/0 hook ever so slightly, similar to a turned up eye single Salmon hook that everyone is familiar with. This allows for the hooks to hang straight and not have an offset bend to the leader. The bend will allow the line to lay parallel to the shank of the hook. So, when Mr. Sal Maniod
tries to munch your meat, there will be a straight pull driving the hook into it's mouth. I never was satisfied with snelling trebles until I came up with this idea on 6/22/04.
The beauty of this re-rigging is you use the existing 3 fly deal, you only add a snap swivel to the last attractor fly, then by using a double overhand loop, re-attaching a new leader and double snelled treble will be a whole lot easier then engineering an entire 3 fly trolling rig.
I've spent countless hours trying to solve the existing problems with the cut-bait in hopes to better enhance your chances of success. I hope you like my latest creation that should be the standard of rigging meat holder heads in the next few season. Just remember you seen it here first on the www.michigansportsman.com
This page was first published in 2003, and several pieces are parts might have changed. Constantly updating technology when a better way is found is only natural. I now tie directly to the swivel, eliminating the loop knot.
Step by Step Instructions
1. Ever so carefully put a slight bend in the treble hook.
3. Insert thru meat head and install a small crimp in the very tail section of the bait holder.
4. Measure the same original distance to the last fly and tie an overhand loop knot.
8. If there is a drawback to this hook setup, it's gonna be tough on the meat strips.
9. Buy a back-brace to cut down on injuries from hoisting the heavy fish boxes, you're sure to have with the ultimate hook setup on a meat rig.
10. Practice a lot of catch and release, so you won't hurt yourself from hauling 200 pound plus boxes to the cleaning table.
11. Take up golf so you'll have something to do with all the extra time you're gonna
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