Flat fall bridle setup

aquaholic

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For those of you rigging flat falls and other bluefin jigs with a bridle/circle hook can you tell me what size circle you are using and from what company (since sizes can vary greatly between manufacturers)? I assume smaller for smaller jigs.

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I use a 10/0 super mutu with 250-350g jigs. I used a 5/0 super mutu for a 100g, but I feel like once you get the smaller grade fish around (15-40 lbs), it’s probably best to use traditional assist hooks versus a bridle - just seems like too big a rig for a smaller fish. Everyone will probably have a different opinion, but to each their own.
For the big boys though, the 10/0 doesn’t seem too big at all and I have read here some others use even bigger hooks...
 
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I do use a ringed version. Some others here have mentioned that it may increase the chance of a crotch break on the crimp to the leader, but to each their own.
 
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    this is a 160 gm ff w 8/0 owner in line circle hook. does the size of hook and loop look right?
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    DennisV

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    That's probably okay but why risk it. I use 11/0 super mutus myself. There's some big fish out there. I have caught fish as small as 22 pounds on that 11/0 super mutu. Doesn't seem to be a problem using a hook that big
     
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    So no assists at all? I would think on the end, short would work. I do not see a knot for the bridle. Just make a loop and maybe uni them? Any particular size spectra fot it? Thanks
     
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    Jurel Hunter

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    So no assists at all? I would think on the end, short would work. I do not see a knot for the bridle. Just make a loop and maybe uni them? Any particular size spectra fot it? Thanks
    that's right. no assist hooks for this approach. connect directly to the circle hook. the braid in that loop is 200 lb hollow w/ ends inserted/spliced, so there is no knot.

    my intent is to use that setup above as daytime w/ 50 or 60 lb flouro topshot. the hook doesn't look stout in the pix, but it is very strong. was strongest inline that FL had in stock. i picked up some 11/0 inline eagle claws too - they are enormous and i was planning on using nightime w/ 250+ gm jigs.

    thanks for input.
     
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    I'm pretty much just starting out on the FF scene. I have a 200gr. jig that spins quite a bit on the drop. I have only used it for Rockfish and Lings so far, but it is by far the best catcher out of my jigs. Problem is, it spins so much that it twists up leaders after just a few drops.
    I was thinking of putting a ball bearing swivel in place of Jurel Hunter's 200# hollow braid loop with a tab of rubberband to hold it on the hook. Do you guys think that would kill the twist and still work for hooking fish? What size and kind of hooks and swivels would you recommend for a) Rockfish & Lings b) Daytime BFT c) Nighttime BFT?
     
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    I'm pretty much just starting out on the FF scene. I have a 200gr. jig that spins quite a bit on the drop. I have only used it for Rockfish and Lings so far, but it is by far the best catcher out of my jigs. Problem is, it spins so much that it twists up leaders after just a few drops.
    I was thinking of putting a ball bearing swivel in place of Jurel Hunter's 200# hollow braid loop with a tab of rubberband to hold it on the hook. Do you guys think that would kill the twist and still work for hooking fish? What size and kind of hooks and swivels would you recommend for a) Rockfish & Lings b) Daytime BFT c) Nighttime BFT?
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    I use a swivel on mine as you can see in the picture above. I have since made the loop of kevlar going from the hook shorter. The way I built mine was as follows: jig to split ring to swivel, attached to Kevlar loop connected to a 10/0 super mutu, then crimped to a 5 foot long 200# flouro leader. The jig spins freely and flutters on the drop as if it were free from any connection. This way you never have to worry about the Kevlar loop twisting when tied directly to the jig. Have had zero issues with the jig bridled in this fashion.
     
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    2Rotten

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    Here's what worked 2 weeks ago on Tomahawk, first time bridling for me so I'm no expert! 100# fluoro leader direct tied to a 12/0 Eagle Claw 2004G Circle Hook. Went 4-for-4 on hook-ups, 2 on the drop, 2 on the crank. Biggest 185#
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