Been traveling and busy doing many fishing related activities, but have not been on the water in a few weeks. First off all, thanks for all that visited me at the Kruger Farms booth during the early part of Northwest Sportshow. If you are not familiar with Kruger Farms, they are making a big push into fishing, they are one of the newest Dobyns dealers, plus they have tons of other great hunting & fishing gear.
Been lots of activity in the background on the blog, look from some contests and chance to win free fishing stuff reel soon (probably next week), so if you are not a subscriber, you might want enter your email on left side of page next to orange button that says Subscribe.
I have also been doing tips videos in my boat out of the garage, check out the following video tip for managing Alabama Rigs. I think you will find it to be quite the time saver if you are gonna throw these multi-armed contraptions. Basically how to make any Alabama Rig Better!
As you probably know, I have been phasing in more Dobyns Rod, but after Loomis rejecting a completely valid rod warranty, I have decided to ramp things up and sell off all my remaining Loomis rods. If you are interested, hit up my Bass
Store. I will likely be adding some more tackle and possibly some reels as well. I got some crazy good deals at the Sportshow, need to make room.
Not too much before being knocked off my pedestal seat by the Alabama Rig this week, I started seeing rumblings on Twitter and forums about the Jika Rig. It seems every couple years, there are new rigs, techniques, gear and technologies to keep up with in bass fishing.
As pictured above (Fork Craw, 3/0 EWG Hook, Voss 1/4oz Weight) – can be done w/ single or double split rings
The Jika Rig (also called The Jig Rig) is very interesting, it is actually very simple. While Owner company is marketing this, it began is Japan, much like the drop shot and the Neko Rig. You can buy this rig pre-rigged, but I really don’t see the point. You almost certainly have the stuff in your tackle box already to make them and if not, just about any local retailer would have what you need. If they don’t, order them online.
All you need is a good selection of offset wide gap worm hooks, some split rings and a weight with wire loop or attachment on top and put the three together. I have also seen, where people have used short pieces of braid to make a loop and tie the weight to the split rig, making it almost like an ultra low profile drop shot. I think you can use different shape weights to tailor your presentation and to the cover. You can also use one or two split rings to adjust the action as well.
To me, the Jika Rig is a cross between a Texas Rig, Football jig and a drop shot, also kind of like the Biffle Hard Head. I also think this rig will prove to be very versatile, can be flipped pitched, dragged like a football head and probably serves as a decent bed fishing rig among other things.
I think its most attractive quality as it offers freedom to the plastic and offers it in a very horizontal and natural way. I think Byron Velvick does a great job explaining the features and benefits of the rig in this video.
So leave a comment if you have used the Jika Rig or think you have a good application where you think it would excel!
As I write this blog, Paul Elias is on the verge of blowing away the field on something called the Alabama Rig and after day 2, the angler in 2nd place, Robert Behrle, is also throwing the same rig. I had never seen anything like it in bass fishing before watching a live on the water video today from FLW. I expect much more on the Reel Time Reports from FLW soon. It was hard to see at a distance the type of swimbaits Elias had on his A-Rig.
So I did a little research to find out more about this rig. Turns out, there is a website for it, http://thealabamarig.com
From what I gather, its almost like the donkey rig (double fluke rig) on steroids. Similar to an umbrella rig used in saltwater, its painted minnow head with 5 wires protruding out the back with snaps to attach lures, allowing you to fish 5 baits at a time. It seems the most popular scenario is to fish 5 grubs or swimbaits at a time to mimic a small school of baitfish moving through the water.
The big kicker is that it seems to get quality fish and the potential to catch 2-3 fish at time more frequently then one would with any other lure setup.
There already have been a few mumblings and grumbling about whether this rig should be legal in tournaments. In some states, like Minnesota, this would not be allowed due to state regulations. Not sure on all states, but it appears to be legal in Alabama. Seems as though, if its legal for that state, and everyone has access, then fair is fair!
I have had many people leave messages both on my blogs and forum. How do you rig the “Stupid Tube”?
The Stupid Tube was made famous when Federation Nation angler Terry McWilliams from Indiana made the Bassmaster Classic through the Federation Nation ranks, largely on the fish he caught on his “Stupid Tube”. It got the name because anglers back home always asked if he was catching fish on “That Stupid Tube” he so often used to beat them with. See article on Terry here.
The only real difference between a Stupid Tube and a normal tube jig is the way you rig it. The stupid tube still used a tube jig head or similar jig head, but you kind of rig in a hybrid between a Texas rig, normal tube rig, and a shaky head! Below are picture diagrams of how to rig your own “Stupid Tube”. The reason the stupid tube rig is so deadly, you get a similar erratic fall and action as an exposed tube jig, but its virtually weedless and still gets great hook ups on fish!
Start by inserting the hook point into the hollow end of the tube
Run is all the way up and poke it out through the tube wall near the head, about whereTexasxas rig hook would come out, about a 1/4″ from the nose of the bait. You will find where you like it for your jig with a little practice.
Pull the hook out, so the head fits snug up in the nose of the tube & then poke the eye of your jig head out the other side of the tube, so you can tie your line there
Then bring the hook back into the tube body and out the other side like a Texas rig and then skin hook the tip of the hook back into the tube wall so it covers the point of the hook (Texposed). This keeps the hook from catching on snags & weeds, but only takes a little pressure to stick a fish!
Experiment with different jig heads, weights, hook & tube sizes to fit your needs, just be sure your hook has enough throat to stick the fish and let tube collapse on the hook set. This bait comes through cover and skips great. Another big advantage over Texas rigging your tube is that Texas rigging tends to tear up tubes real bad after just a few fish. You usually can catch a limit or more before you need to replace your tube with this rig. So rig a handful up the night before and you should be set for the day!
June 1, 2015 – Update
Just to refresh this post and keep it up to date, few things to add. I still use this rig all the time for both smallmouth bass and largemouth both. Details on my setup, usually I fish this with 12lb Fluorocarbon, Dobyns DX743C baitcasting rod, and the jig head is usually a 3/16oz BassTEK Agitator Finesse Head.
I thought it would be good to do some tips & techniques again, been mostly focused on tournament stuff.
Hey you all that love flipping, here are a few things to try to increase you hook-up ratios.
1. When in doubt, go TUNGSTEN. Its denser and smaller, so you get better penetration on the flip and on the hook set when the fish clamps down on your weight. Tru-Tungsten has some great designs and colors to meet all your needs. So try some of these Tru-Tungsten Tungsten Sinkers
2. Try a snell knot on a heavy duty straight shank flipping hook! If done correctly, when you slide a slip-sinker down on the hook, you will see the hook point curl up like a scorpion tail. This action causes most bass to get hooked solid in the roof of the mouth. The snell knot works effectively when you peg a bullet sinker as well, but precautions must be taken. The most important element is how tightly you snug the weight.
If you peg the weight down so tight that it doesn’t slide up the line, the hook won’t kick, and you might as well just tie a Palomar knot on an offset hook. It has to have room to move so when you set the hook, it slams against the weight and shoots the hook upward. So you use a bobber stop or a Smart Peg to peg your sinker, not one of those threaded rubber toothpicks.
For hook selection, consider Mustad Denny Bauer Flippin’ Hook or the Brand New Reaction Innovations BMF Flipping Hook. The BMF hook is a special hook that had a completely closed hook which will make the snell knot a little easier to tie and will not let the knot slip out on the hook set. Youvella is coming out with some great flipping hooks as well!
3. Use a high quality Braided line, like Power Pro Braided Line. Tie a Palomar or Double Palomar Knot and a dap of super glue does not hurt either. Also camouflage your braided line with a permanent marker, the line often fades and turns white after use, so take a blue, black or green marker to your line for the first few feet. The other option would be to go with 20-30lb flourocarbon, but I like braid better.
Hopefully you can try a few of these tips and they will help you put a few more fish in the boat. Beware, practice the snell knot at home or on land, its not an easy knot to learn when out in the boat
If the diagrams don’t do it for you, check out this video!