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Sunday, May 31, 2009

• Keep Plastics Securely In Position

Forget toothpicking. Forget fancy Parasite Clips. Forget screw lock hooks. Forget super glue. Try a barrel swivel.

I can buy a 12 pack of size 12 black barrel swivels for 99 cents. Parasite clips are $2.69 a pack. Toothpicks are not as durable or reliable in my opinion. Super glue wears off. Screw lock hooks can cost more and are not without their own problems. Barrel swivels are smaller, unobtrusive, and inexpensive. Each end is also a closed loop, so they will not fall off.

What you'll need:
Size 10 or 12 Barrel swivel
Hook of choice
Plastic of choice
Bullet weight if not rigging weightless
Two pairs of pliers/hemostats should you need to adjust the eye on the swivel
(one to steady the freely moving wire and one to untwist the eye)

Example: Texas (weighted) rigged soft plastic beaver-type bait like a Big Bite Baits Yo Mama

You might have to untwist one eye on the barrel swivel by one turn to make it wide enough to slide over the hook barb.

Run your bullet weight of choice onto the line.
Run the end of your line through one eye of the barrel swivel.

Tie your knot to the hook eye.

Run the hook point through the nose of your plastic lure, turn, and push down through the bottom/neck of the lure at a distance corresponding to the length of the barrel swivel.

Run the hook point through the other eye on the barrel swivel.

Slide the barrel swivel up to the neck of the hook.

Finish rigging the hook point through your plastic.

Now whenever the lure slides away from the eye of the hook, the barrel swivel catches it.

Potential Problems & Additional Tips:
Again, you might need to untwist one turn of the eye on the swivel to get it around the barb on your hook.

Make sure the hook wire is not too wide for the barrel swivel.

Buy a barrel swivel to fit the length you need, but don't go too big.

Weeds might hang up in the swivel, but for the cost savings, a few weeds here and there are well worth it.

You might alter the swimming action of certain lures.

Every time you rig another plastic, you'll have to slip the swivel off of the hook and back on again.

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Rattletrap Ramblings said...

I've found straight shank hooks to increase your hook up ratio a lot higher. My personal favorite is the Reaction Innovations BMF Hook and BMF Barb.

Safety Gates said...

I am a wannabe bass fisherman. Thanks for the help.