Double-Hook Rig

Making a double-hook rig is an easy and effective way to troll for all pelagic game fish. Armed with a bonito or dolphin belly strip, the double-hook rig is durable and dorado, wahoo, billfish and tuna will find it too good to pass up.

I love to pull this down deep or way out long on the shotgun because I am confident that the bait will hold up to the rigors of trolling better than ballyhoo.

I have started to stiff rig the front hook and it helps keep the rig from flopping around too much if it breaks the surface.

You can make your double hook sets ahead of time at home. Start by using a pair of side cutters to pinch down the spot between the gap in the eye of the hook and then pry it open a little more.  I prefer a Mustad 3407 super strong hook and the size depends upon the application.

Next, I take the second hook and place it in the opening in the eye of the first hook. Turn the second hook around so the barb is near the opening. I then tap the second hook through with a tool.

Now I squeeze the eye of the leading hook back into place with a vise. The second hook should be able to swing and move a bit, but not come apart.

Next I will take a 5-foot piece of #9 or #10 single-strand wire and pass the end through the eye of the hook going down and to the left.

Wrap the wire around the hook shank and back through the eye of the hook the opposite way it went in.

Pull the wire up tight and make a normal haywire twist in front of the hook.

To finish off the rig I like to slide a Seawitch or lure head down and add a belly strip. You’re now ready to go get them.


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Capt. Scott Goodwin started fishing in the lakes of Kentucky where he grew up. A move to Florida, however, brought him into a whole new realm of fishing. After receiving a bachelor's degree in biology from Eckerd College, he decided that he liked catching fish more than studying them and thus began his career as a captain. Scott began working as a mate on a charter boat and worked his way up to captain. He has been fortunate to fish in some of the top locations on the globe, including Florida, Panama, Costa Rica, Mexico and the Bahamas. Scott has learned from some of the best captains in the sport and has more than 25 years experience as a professional fisherman. He openly shares his knowledge and fishing tips on BD. Scott is currently the editor of BDOutdoors.