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Question about rigging plastics

Hey all,

I typically post in the South and Big Bend regions, but am working on a project and need help from all over the state! I am doing market research for a UF project in my graduate program that is researching the market potential of a new type of weedless screw-lock/circle-hook rig for rigging soft-plastics. The idea is that the product will prolong the life of your soft-plastic, but more importantly result in less gut-hooking fish while using them as compared with other methods. It would help tremendously if you could answer a few questions with an honest answer.

1. Do you see an advantage in using a screw-type mechanism for rigging a soft-plastic such as the one shown below, or currently use one, or do you prefer a traditional worm hook?


2. Have you ever considered rigging a soft plastic with circle hooks or do you currently? What has been your experience with rigging this way or similarly? Something like this:


Your input is highly appreciated!!


  • snake 166snake 166 Posts: 101 Deckhand
    I use rig 2 for trout and redfish about half the time---otherwise jig head/bass assasin or topwater plugs. Rig 2 used with hitch hiker allows the bait to move naturally which I think increases the strike frequency. Trout typically grab the bait head first and circle hooks work well in this application reducing the gut hooks. The small barb on the circle hook requires that the hitchhiker be pinched with pliers to stay on the hook.
  • AlexNilesAlexNiles Posts: 76 Greenhorn
    Thank you very much for your feedback! I might be back with some more questions next week. Tight lines :fishing
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