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Old 11-01-2009, 08:41 PM
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Does anyone here make their own sabiki rigs? They seem to be relatively easy to make if you have the right components. I imagine the commercial sold sabiki rigs are made by made by machine. The only thing that would be hard as hell in my opinion would be putting them on them damn cardboard holders they are on. They are a pain!

I just wanted to see if anyone has made these and if it is feasible. Honestly I probably could not make them for what I buy them but I am just interested.

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yes i have made one just to see if i could, it works ok but cost me 3 times of what the pack is... and dont use the cardboard, and a 2 inch peace of a pool noodle and wrap them up in that. works like a champ.
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Thats what I thought.

Last year a buddy of mine combined like 10 regular sabiki's into one longgggg rig. It actually worked. He dropped it down twice and had a live well full of boston macks and cigars. He drops it down by hand until it is manageable on the rod. Then jigs as normal and then reals it up until he can hand line it in. It really only works when they are schooled up heavy.

It was pretty impressive.
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oh wow, have never tried that, i use sabikis as a last resort, i like my trusty cast net ha, so i only jig up bait if i cant find them on the surface. but that sounds like a good idea, might have to try that, you could always just tie a bunch together than having to make your own..but as a do it yourselfer also i know what it means to make your own stuff. plus it always makes a good saturday when the wind is blowing.
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oh wow, have never tried that, i use sabikis as a last resort, i like my trusty cast net ha, so i only jig up bait if i cant find them on the surface. but that sounds like a good idea, might have to try that, you could always just tie a bunch together than having to make your own..but as a do it yourselfer also i know what it means to make your own stuff. plus it always makes a good saturday when the wind is blowing.
Yep! I find that I catch better fish if I jig up local bait. I mean don't get me wrong. I always have a livewell full of pogies when I'm fishing. However as soon as I get to the fishing hole and have all the lines set I immediately start sabiki'ing while slow trolling. This always me to "match the hatch" and also I believe it gets the bait fish excited and "feeding" and possible get the bigger predator fish eating.

Just my .02.
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I like to make my own rigs whenever possible, but i draw the line on the Sabikis. Not worth the time and trouble, plus i ALWAYS get those little hooks stuck in me. I store them inside a piece of 1.5" PVC with a slot cut out at the top to slide the swivel into once i get them out of the package. I keep 3-4 of those inside the console so they're ready when needed.
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Get yourself a sabiki rod. No tangles ever again, and when you find bait you are on it instantly. I wasn't a believer, can't imagine not having one now. They are the way to go.
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For the .99 cents each they cost, they are throw aways as far as i am concerned. Never used more then 2 in a day and most of the time only one.
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Why make them? They are inexpensive to purchase.
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Get yourself a sabiki rod. No tangles ever again, and when you find bait you are on it instantly. I wasn't a believer, can't imagine not having one now. They are the way to go.
Exactly! I have two of the sabiki rods! They are worth their weight in gold! You can get a good one on eBay for 49 bucks shipped free! You wind the rig right up into the rod. They are unbelievable!

Yea y'all are right. For the cheap price of the sabiki rigs might as well buy them.
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Get yourself a sabiki rod. No tangles ever again, and when you find bait you are on it instantly. I wasn't a believer, can't imagine not having one now. They are the way to go.
I tried one and didn't particularly care for it. On a small boat, space is at a premium and i need to have some versatility. Sabiki rods are good for pretty much one thing only, but a decent lightweight spinning outfit can be used for lots of different things. Heck, we once caught a pretty good sized mahi on a sabiki rod (he went after the bait on the rig), and it was a heck of a lot of fun playing with that fish on the light tackle spinner.
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I tried one and didn't particularly care for it. On a small boat, space is at a premium and i need to have some versatility. Sabiki rods are good for pretty much one thing only, but a decent lightweight spinning outfit can be used for lots of different things. Heck, we once caught a pretty good sized mahi on a sabiki rod (he went after the bait on the rig), and it was a heck of a lot of fun playing with that fish on the light tackle spinner.

Ive had that happen a couple of times. Always fun!
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Hey MattMutt,

Time has value. If a Sabiki rig costs about a buck, and has a dozen components, who wants to make them to cut the price? Not me. I would rather make my own more expensive rigs such as trolling bars, ballyhoo rigs, etc.

Just a thought.
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For the .99 cents each they cost, they are throw aways as far as i am concerned. Never used more then 2 in a day and most of the time only one.


wow, I wish i only used 2 in a day! sometimes i'll go through a dozen trying to get bait. Those big hardtails will take every damn hook off of a sibiki in no time.
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wow, I wish i only used 2 in a day! sometimes i'll go through a dozen trying to get bait. Those big hardtails will take every damn hook off of a sibiki in no time.

You got that right!!!
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Get yourself a sabiki rod. No tangles ever again, and when you find bait you are on it instantly. I wasn't a believer, can't imagine not having one now. They are the way to go.
OMG. I never knew a sabiki rod existed! It reels the whole rig up inside the pole. Wow. Sabikis are always sticking my fishing partners... I can't do without one on the gulf coast....
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wow, I wish i only used 2 in a day! sometimes i'll go through a dozen trying to get bait. Those big hardtails will take every damn hook off of a sibiki in no time.
My fishing bud Red {Redweiser} makes sabikis. He uses crappie jigs and 20lb. Trilene Big Game. We break these out when the store bought ones are getting tore up.
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OMG. I never knew a sabiki rod existed! It reels the whole rig up inside the pole. Wow. Sabikis are always sticking my fishing partners... I can't do without one on the gulf coast....
You can also make one out of 1/2" PVC and tape a reel on it.
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Way too time consuming for me. I used to fish with a guy whose oriental wife would make killer sabiki's. She would make them with heavy enough line and wrap fly type material around small hooks. They worked really well and lasted multiple trips but I could never sit around doing something like that, not when I can pick up cheapies for a buck.
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OMG. I never knew a sabiki rod existed! It reels the whole rig up inside the pole. Wow. Sabikis are always sticking my fishing partners... I can't do without one on the gulf coast....
The sabiki rod is a must have. I used to have a crap load little pricks all over me. Then I found the sabiki rods and it all went away.
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