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Old 01-05-2009, 10:28 AM   #1
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Running a single hook setup, what do you use to run between the bait and the hook to give it space? Beads, Tubing? I have seen both, but on bigger baits, 12-14" that's alot of beads, having a hard time finding them too. Thanks for all the advice
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I use beads for all my rigged lures. If you want to save big bucks, don't buy them from a tackle store. My local craft store (like a Michael's) has the tri-beads in bags of 1000 very cheap.
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My wife buys my daughter 1000's of beads for making whatever kids make from them, so I just steal hers.
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you can add just one bead and then a crimp to wherever you want the lure to stay.
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Beads are the way to go and can be found pretty much anywhere, I order mine from J&M Tackle.....they are a flower shaped looking bead that will not slip into the head of any baits.
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Use a piece of extra stiff 49-strand cable between the head and the hook. The cable acts as a spacer, lays straighter and neater than mono will, and also helps prevent (although will not totally eliminate, especially on smaller lures that are more easily engulfed whole) cutoffs from wahoo etc. The cable should be a heavy breaking strain for straightness and to resist fatigue/vibration. Use at least 480 lb and for 12 to 14 inch lures, 600 or heavier. Yachts chandlers have the right stainless cable and if you don't have a heavy duty crimper they will have the right equipment to make good connections in the stuff.
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UNCFISH - 1/5/2009 4:44 PM you can add just one bead and then a crimp to wherever you want the lure to stay.
That's what I do, with a very light crimp. I have stolen some from the "craft" box too. [img]../images/emoticons/biggrin.gif[/img]

Would 12 - 15 beads create some beneficial vibration? I wouldn't think it would hurt.

Patudo - that's some serious rigging. How do you connect to the mono? Thimble?
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any craft store has tons of beads, cheap. I've also used a piece of tubing.
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UNCFISH - 1/5/2009 4:44 PM you can add just one bead and then a crimp to wherever you want the lure to stay.
That's what I do, with a very light crimp. I have stolen some from the "craft" box too. [img]../images/emoticons/biggrin.gif[/img]

Would 12 - 15 beads create some beneficial vibration? I wouldn't think it would hurt.

Patudo - that's some serious rigging. How do you connect to the mono? Thimble?
What he's talking about is called a "stiff rig". I use 450lbs cable crimped to the hook. Length varies with the lure. Use copper crimps with cable, aluminum with mono. The cable is run through the eye of the hook plain. You create a loop on the other end using a thimble matched to the cable.

You then take a 1-2" piece of adhesive lined shrink wrap and run that over the hook to cover about 1/4" of the hook's eye and onto the cable. Using a heat gun or butane lighter, heat the shrink wrap to lock it into place. That's the essence of the "Stiff rig".

The mono leader is then run through the lure head (I also use a hook stop super glued to the inside of the head.) with a loop protector over the tag end. That is then run through the thimble and crimped. You then tape over the crimps and slide it into place. The hook stop keeps the hook properly positioned.

If I have time tonight, I'll post step by step pictures and the finished product.

BTW, I take no personal credit for coming up with this. It was taught to me by the guys at Black Barts in Palm Beach, FL. A great bunch of guys who love teaching and talking fishing.

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I use beads for all my rigged lures. If you want to save big bucks, don't buy them from a tackle store. My local craft store (like a Michael's) has the tri-beads in bags of 1000 very cheap.
I do this same thing and I have also learned that the "brass" beads they sell at Micheals make the lure travel a little more under the surface that just the plastic beads do. If you play with it just right, you can get your lures to go to all kinds of different depths and the brass beads also work great when you are fishing anchored on the reef. Along with the fact that Split Shots are made of lead, which is just terrible for the environment (for all you environmentally friendly people out there like me!) the beads, when broken or cut off, don't cause no detrimental harm and you can buy like 1000 brass beads for nothing! ... and they come in all kinds of weights and sizes....
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I never saw the brass beads at Michael's, but will definetly look for them. I like the idea of adding a little weight to certain lures.
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