know you are thinking I've went off the deep end now, but the rig shown
in the photo really works great! I've
been using it at the Hunting Sports Plus Pits and at Lake of the Ozarks
to catch a bunch of fish and you never miss a strike.
All you need to make this neat fish catching baby is a Split Tail Shad
by Bass Assassin (I like the Silver Mullet the best in the slightly
stained to clear water), #44 HitchHiker Rigging Device, Kick'n Bass
Garlic Scent, and Daiichi 2/0 or 3/0 Bleeding Circle Wide hook.
Everything is easily available at Bass Pro Shops, Cabela's, and
from several internet suppliers like eAngler, and checkout
BassAssassin.com for the complete selection of baits in all the colors
First open up the eye of the
HitchHiker just a little so it slides easily over the point of the
Bleeding Circle Wide. Screw
the HitchHiker in the nose of the Split Tail.
Tie the Bleeding Circle Wide on the Fire Line with a Palmar knot
(I use a little Carson's Fishing Glue on the knot).
Slip the rigged Split Tail over the hook point, add some Kick'n
Bass for extra confidence and start catching bass!
I really have had great luck using Fire Line 10-pound test because
braided line absorbs less line twist. I believe I lost some of the fish attracting action when I
tried a swivel a few feet up the line.
I just stick with Fire Line spooled on my Daiwa SS2500C Spinning
Reel attached to my AST815S All Star Rod and reel in the bass.
That's right, don't set the hook, Circle Wides work best if you
just wind in the line with the rod at the 11:00 position to insure you
keep a tight line. Believe
me, it will take you a few tries to get the hang of this, but until you
do you will not be as successful as you can be.
I cast the Stoopid rig out and do a slow count to 3 and start a slow
retrieve with slight ill-regular slight jerks with the rod at the 8:00
position. In the clear
water I've been fishing it really looks just like a dying or injured
bait fish at least to me and the many bass that to eat it.
I experiment with the count until I find the depth the bass want.
By the way, this is a multi-species bait.
I've caught catfish, crappie, blue gill, and bass to date.
I've practiced this all over the country in Bass Pro's hawg tanks and
got strike after strike following other big name Pros that didn't get a
bass to look at their offerings.
The Stoopid rig worked just as well as drop shoting in most
been using the bleeding series of Daiichi hooks ever since they came out
and I believe in stained to clear water they make a positive difference.
I have proved it time and time again in the Hawg Tanks I get to
play in all over the country. Several of my biologist friends tell me it's the "Gill
Flash". All I know is
the Bleeding Hooks really make a big difference.
I use them on my crankbaits too.