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Basic rigging options for Pirate Lures soft lures

Jakub, 15 may 2020
Basic rigging options for Pirate Lures soft lures

One of the most common question I am being asked is - how to rig my lures?

In this short blog I will try to cover the basic options I personally use when fishing.

First question one has to ask, before choosing the type of hook/weight is - how you want to present your lure? Do you want it to dive head-first? Or maybe a natural, level type of presentation? Diving and gliding maybe? How deep you need to go? Will there be a strong current? All those factors will impact how I rig my lures.

Lets start with  the top rig from the photos - fishing really deep. You want to reach depths quite fast, you want to bounce the lure over the bottom. I use this set for pollocks and fishing deeper reefs, both from the shore (especially when I stand few metres over the water surface) and from kayak/boat. Offset wide gape hook hitched to external ball type weight. Joint between the weight and the hook allows some extra mobility of the lure and by using a weedless hook looses of the tackle are quite minimized. 

Second option is to use a normal jig head. But to avoid damaging the lure with the hook going all the way through i add a twist lock spring to the eye of the hook, twist the front of the lure and then thread the hook through the hook slot.  It work well while fishing the deeper water and strong currents. When fishing vertically from the boat I prefer the first, hitched jg head, but when fishing currents or casting far from the shore and fishing sink-drop this method of rigging with a normal jig head rigged externally works for me very good.

Third option I use is a gliding/darting jig head, like the SG one shown on the photo. Bit of extra depth for the lure, gliding to the sides when twitching the lure - all this works perfect for me when fishing gulleys, rocky edges etc. This method works better with smaller lures, like Teaser 12.

And the last method, I'd say the most common one for me - twist lock offset hook with bit of lead on the shank. While fishing very shallow water or close to the surface you can of course skip the extra weight, I personally find this type of hook to be more versatile. Being able to cover different depths, from lets say 0.5m up to +-2 metres, just by moving the rod tip up or down, bit of extra casting distance, but also lure stability in the current/waves and.... quite good gliding due to the weight distribution - this all makes it my go-to style of rigging my lures.

There are of course some more complicated ways of rigging the lures - adding rattles to the hook shank, external shank rig, using different weight distribution to gain different lure action - but I think I will cover them next time, if required 

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