"Different" Style of Sinker Rigging?

ghettosled

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You’re right. Im pretty sure buddy explained that they were tying both to the ring. I like that idea better to give the hook/bait more freedom to move.
The way we were doing it was both lines attached to the ring. In this scenario you want to hook the bait from under and through the nose.

The way the video illustrates you would hook the bait sideways through the nose. Easier to hook the bait but sending the bait down fast with its mouth open may beat up the sardine.

Personally I think there is better hook movement tying both lines to the ring. On a 2/0 or larger hook there is plenty of room for 100# and lighter line to the sinker.
 
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Rubberhook2

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The way we were doing it was both lines attached to the ring. In this scenario you want to hook the bait from under and through the nose.

The way the video illustrates you would hook the bait sideways through the nose. Easier to hook the bait but sending the bait down fast with its mouth open may beat up the sardine.

Personally I think there is better hook movement tying both lines to the ring. On a 2/0 or larger hook there is plenty of room for 100# and lighter line to the sinker.
I don't know if pinning the baits mouth shut bodes well for a "long" soak. Bait has to be able to breathe...

No issues with both lines attached to the ring but if the ring is used only for the line to the sinker then you will have to be able to thread heavy line through the eye of the hook with the ring inside that same eye. On most of my ringed hooks not seeing much room to do that...
 
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pacificscout

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    Like swimming schooling baitfish.
     
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    hucklongfin

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    This approach would probably work better on the drop but the standard in-line version would be better on the retrieve… where I’m usually bit. I’ll try this version when the in-line isn’t working... if that ever happens!
     
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    fishkilr

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    Obv not for sporties but I know a guy who's been using riggers to fly line at the desired depth and doing well...
     
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    bob311

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    I saw this today on the mission belle. About 70 percent of the dropper set ups were as described with both lines going to the ring. It's.. what ever.. I'll stick with a rubber band.
     
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    stuman

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    Perhaps use this rig on the initial stop, when fish are on the up and down meter.

    Switch to the rubberband set up for the long soak - when the fish are upswell.
     
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    baitedgyro

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    So if we're sending them down bombs away style, isn't it going to beat the crap out of the baitfish somewhat, or so fast that the bait pops off the hook?? You really wouldn't know. Love the idea of getting it down super fast, but that would be a concern.
    Around the 1:30 min mark and after, Sam mentions to not let the line "bomb" down, slowly drop the bait to prevent the bait getting beat up and lessen the line twist.

    He says to use your thumb to let the string out.
     
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    Rubberhook2

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    Maybe we are just overthinking this whole jig thing. I recall being in a plunker bite for BFT and I got a backlash in my reel that I wanted to clear before putting another bait in the water. I hung a 6 ounce torpedo sinker on my straight tied circle hook and dropped it over the side and bombed it down to clear the reel but was bit on the sink. Landed a nice BFT on nothing but a bare hook and torpedo sinker. I mean it is a reaction strike, right?
     
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    short-range

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    Maybe we are just overthinking this whole jig thing. I recall being in a plunker bite for BFT and I got a backlash in my reel that I wanted to clear before putting another bait in the water. I hung a 6 ounce torpedo sinker on my straight tied circle hook and dropped it over the side and bombed it down to clear the reel but was bit on the sink. Landed a nice BFT on nothing but a bare hook and torpedo sinker. I mean it is a reaction strike, right?
    Brian Simms told me last week that all the jig or whatever you throw down there is doing is vibrating the water and they react, the color they do not see its the water vibrations.
    But who knows I mean most of the boat jigs are stripped of paint most of the time.
     
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    jeffc7

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    Since this mimics a freshwater drop shot, why not just tie a drop shot with a Palomar knot, feed the long tag end back through the hook eye and tie sinker to the tag end. Knot strength should as good as the Palomar knot tied. Only downside I see if wasting flouro for your tag end with sinker. And if you think the sinker is going to get bit, put a hook on it.
     
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    HoJaf

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    This is most likely ridiculous. Can I use a basic jig as a sinker with this? So it's like fishing with both bait and a jig.
     
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    bradnoble

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    Since this mimics a freshwater drop shot, why not just tie a drop shot with a Palomar knot, feed the long tag end back through the hook eye and tie sinker to the tag end. Knot strength should as good as the Palomar knot tied. Only downside I see if wasting flouro for your tag end with sinker. And if you think the sinker is going to get bit, put a hook on it.
    I talked to a skipper yesterday that told me that the line to the sinker is like 15lb mono so the sinker will break off when the fish is hooked. No sinker on the line when the fish shakes his head will help prevent pulled hooks.....
     
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