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Old 11-20-10, 02:36 AM   #1
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Lightbulb A better way to Wacky rig

Like a lot of you guys I love to fish sinking soft plastics wacky rigged. I tried the o-ring method I have seen posted here and there on the net, but I really didn't like that setup for a couple reasons but mostly because it leaves the hook sideways like in this photo;

That's the same way as the fish’s mouth and I USE TO MISS A LOT OF FISH with it. This shows the Gammy weedless wacky hook and I love Gammy hooks, but not a fan of this one.

So I got to thinking there has to be a better way to wacky rig and I have found it. I use a 1/4" piece of 3/8" (or 1/2" if you can find it) surgical tubing. It is really easy to put on one of my Sink-N-Fool baits as all you have to do is wet the tail of the bait a bit and slide it up the tail to the middle of the bait. For you guys that still fish that other inferior sinking bait it can work for them also.
For wacky rigging my baits I use the Owner 1/0 weedless wacky hook. It is the best wacky rig hook I've seen yet and the weed guard doesn't get in the way, but does a good job of keeping the junk of the hook. I of course use the worlds strongest and ez to tie knot there is "The Fish-N-Fool knot" named after yours truly. (See knot wars 2009 or the u-tube Fish-N-Fool knot video on how to tie it) Ok now that you have the hook tied on you slide the surgical tubing up the bait to the mid point where the natural balance of the bait is. Unlike those inferior baits my bait have a top and a bottom so I run the hook from the bottom up just catching a little bit of the bait along with the surgical tube like this.

That leaves the hook point straight up 90 deg. to the fish’s mouth so I hook them in the top lip 95% of the time and in the corner of the mouth the rest. I almost NEVER miss a fish with this set-up. The plus side of it, the baits never fall off so you can catch up to 50 fish on just one bait. I fish super heavy cover a lot of the time so I Tex-Pose my baits first like this;

But a save the ones that tear up the nose of the bait and fish them wacky later in more open water. Here is a close up of the wacky hook and rig.

The nice this about using surgical tubing is it come in lots of sizes and colors so you can get different colors to match the bait you are using. I used a white bait here with the blue tubing just so it was easier to see. I use the natural flesh color a lot along with black, greens and reds. If you look it comes in many , many colors. You can also use the same tool you put your o-rings on with the tubing and it work much better IMHO
Give this set-up a try I think you will really like it.
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Old 11-20-10, 03:21 AM   #2
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I don't know about anybody else but that is well thought out, smart, practical and just plain and flat out kick phanny. Thanks for sharing such excellent information.
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There is a good idea buried in there under all the advertising.

I've read that having the hook sideways can actually improve hookups, but I haven't tried either way, so I can't comment on that.

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Old 11-25-10, 05:17 PM   #4
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I found a tip about this on Instead of an O-ring you can also use electrical tape. You are supposed to cut the tape to half the original width and then wrap around the worm. Then like Fish-N-Fool said, hook it through both the worm and the tape.
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Old 11-25-10, 10:12 PM   #5
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Thick rubber bands work, as well. Cut the band, wrap it around the bait until it over laps a little, thread the hook through so that it pierces all three layers and cut the 'tag'.
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Old 12-13-10, 10:06 AM   #6
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Or, use 3/8" shrink wrap from the local hardware.
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