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Old 07-05-2014, 08:00 PM
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I am a relative newbie to offshore fishing, but have plenty of experience trolling the Chesapeake for rockfish. Everyone uses what are called parachute rigs, lead jigheads of various weights with the nylon hair tied on backwards just like a sea witch, with a plastic shad body on the hook. My question is, why can't these be used with a ballyhoo offshore? It seems like it would simplify rigging the ballyhoo to run upright. What am I missing?
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Most use dredges with mullet or ballyhoo for bill fishing.
I use Blue Water Candy dredges.
http://www.bluewatercandylures.com/p...s/info/dredges

Same concept just larger.
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To answer your question, the parachute jig would have to be made upside down to use with a ballyhoo. I'm sure they would catch mahi as is with the shad body though. And people have used hogy lures or giant slug-gos with Bucktails or sea witches for tuna for some time now.
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Originally Posted by N2theblue View Post
To answer your question, the parachute jig would have to be made upside down to use with a ballyhoo. I'm sure they would catch mahi as is with the shad body though. And people have used hogy lures or giant slug-gos with Bucktails or sea witches for tuna for some time now.
Thanks for your reply. Why does the hook need to face down rather than up? Does it have to do with how the fish approaches the bait?
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It has to do with how ballyhoo are rigged. The hook comes out the belly, not the back. The only way to rig them with a hook through the back would be to debone every one.
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You could floss the hook to the top of the ballyhoo through the eye socket just like you would with a circle hook.
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Originally Posted by finatic1 View Post
You could floss the hook to the top of the ballyhoo through the eye socket just like you would with a circle hook.
The skirt and lead head would be off center then.

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