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Marlin and Game Fish – Single and 90 degree Rigs for Kona’s | A rigging tutorial by Durban based fishing charter and guide on how to make a single hook rig and a 90 degree double hook rig used for trolling Kona’s for Marlin and Game Fish

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Marlin and Game Fish: Single and 90 degree rigs for Kona’s

 

Tutorial by Mike Laubscher of  Blue Water Charters | Durban

 

There are many ways to rig Kona’s, this is one of the most common and widely used around the world.

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Materials: 
- 1.5mm stainless steel cable
- 6.4mm & 9.5mm Electrical Heat Shrink (I prefer black, but any colour will work)
- Copper crimps to suit the 1.5mm cable (5 crimps required)
- Stainless Steel Hooks (I have used 10/0 hooks for the tutorial)

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Marlin and Game Fish Singe hook and 90 degree double hook rigs

Cut a length of cable about 2.5 times the length required for the completed rig. The length required will be calculated as follows: Length of Kona skirt from bottom of Kona head, minus half the hook shank length, minus leader loop and crimp.

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Marlin and Game Fish Singe hook and 90 degree double hook rigs

Feed the cable through the eye of the hook and wrap around the shank, bring the cable around the closed side of the hook eye.
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Marlin and Game Fish Singe hook and 90 degree double hook rigs

Bring the loop over and feed back into the hook eye from the opposite side

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Marlin and Game Fish Singe hook and 90 degree double hook rigs

Pull tight and double crimp
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Marlin and Game Fish Singe hook and 90 degree double hook rigs

Put 3 crimps onto the cable attached to the hook

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Marlin and Game Fish Singe hook and 90 degree double hook rigs

Measure your length and put a kink in the cable at your length, perpendicular to your hook eye

Blue Water Charters - Durban
Marlin and Big Game Sport Fishing
Marlin and Game Fish Singe hook and 90 degree double hook rigs

Make your loop (at least 1cm) and double crimp
Blue Water Charters - Durban
Marlin and Big Game Sport Fishing
Marlin and Game Fish Singe hook and 90 degree double hook rigs

Cut the 2 tag ends of the cable so that there is a 1-2mm gap.

Blue Water Charters - Durban
Marlin and Big Game Sport Fishing
Marlin and Game Fish Singe hook and 90 degree double hook rigs

Place the crimp equally over the gap and crimp only the out sides of the crimp, ensuring that your cable is straight.

1.

Materials:

- 1.5mm stainless steel cable

- 6.4mm & 9.5mm Electrical Heat Shrink (I prefer black, but any colour will work)

- Copper crimps to suit the 1.5mm cable (5 crimps required)

- Stainless Steel Hooks (I have used 10/0 hooks for the tutorial)

2.

Cut a length of cable about 2.5 times the length required for the completed rig. The length required will be calculated as follows: Length of Kona skirt from bottom of Kona head, minus half the hook shank length, minus leader loop and crimp.

3.

Feed the cable through the eye of the hook and wrap around the shank, bring the cable around the closed side of the hook eye.

4.

Bring the loop over and feed back into the hook eye from the opposite side

5.

Pull tight and double crimp

6.  

Put 3 crimps onto the cable attached to the hook

7.

Measure your length and put a kink in the cable at your length, perpendicular to your hook eye

8.

Make your loop (at least 1cm) and double crimp

9.  

Cut the 2 tag ends of the cable so that there is a 1-2mm gap.

10.  

Place the crimp equally over the gap and crimp only the out sides of the crimp, ensuring that your cable is straight.

11.  

Rig is completed

12.

Cut 6.4mm heat shrink to cover the cable from hook eye to loop, and use a hot air blower to shrink over. You can use a lighter, but I prefer the blower.

Blue Water Charters - Durban
Marlin and Big Game Sport Fishing
Marlin and Game Fish Singe hook and 90 degree double hook rigs

A close up of the neat finish of the small pieces.
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Marlin and Game Fish Singe hook and 90 degree double hook rigs

The completed single hook rig.

Blue Water Charters - Durban
Marlin and Big Game Sport Fishing
Marlin and Game Fish Singe hook and 90 degree double hook rigs

Rig is completed
Blue Water Charters - Durban
Marlin and Big Game Sport Fishing
Marlin and Game Fish Singe hook and 90 degree double hook rigs

Cut 6.4mm heat shrink to cover the cable from hook eye to loop, and use a hot air blower to shrink over. You can use a lighter, but I prefer the blower.

Blue Water Charters - Durban
Marlin and Big Game Sport Fishing
Marlin and Game Fish Singe hook and 90 degree double hook rigs

The heat shrink should be nice and tight over the cable
Blue Water Charters - Durban
Marlin and Big Game Sport Fishing
Marlin and Game Fish Singe hook and 90 degree double hook rigs

Cut 9.5mm heat shrink to cover the cable from the crimps and over the cable twisted around the hook shank, and again apply heat to shrink making sure the complete rig is straight.

Blue Water Charters - Durban
Marlin and Big Game Sport Fishing
Marlin and Game Fish Singe hook and 90 degree double hook rigs

This is what the rig should look like

Blue Water Charters - Durban
Marlin and Big Game Sport Fishing
Marlin and Game Fish Singe hook and 90 degree double hook rigs

I like to cut 2 small pieces of 6.4mm heat shrink to close over the small gaps left by the 9.5mm to make the rig a little stiffer and neater.

13.

The heat shrink should be nice and tight over the cable

14.

Cut 9.5mm heat shrink to cover the cable from the crimps and over the cable twisted around the hook shank, and again apply heat to shrink making sure the complete rig is straight.

15.

This is what the rig should look like

16.

I like to cut 2 small pieces of 6.4mm heat shrink to close over the small gaps left by the 9.5mm to make the rig a little stiffer and neater.

17.

A close up of the neat finish of the small pieces.

18.

The completed single hook rig.

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Marlin and Game Fish Singe hook and 90 degree double hook rigs

To make the rig a 90 degree rig, add a second hook put over the cable with the hook eye lined up to the cable loop and cover with 9.5mm heat shrink, apply heat ensuring the hook lines up. Place the hook left or right depending on which side of the boat you will troll the lure.

Blue Water Charters - Durban
Marlin and Big Game Sport Fishing
Marlin and Game Fish Singe hook and 90 degree double hook rigs

The completed 90 degree rig, here your leader loop must pass through the cable and the hook eye.

19.

To make the rig a 90 degree rig, add a second hook put over the cable with the hook eye lined up to the cable loop and cover with 9.5mm heat shrink, apply heat ensuring the hook lines up. Place the hook left or right depending on which side of the boat you will troll the lure.

20.

The completed 90 degree rig, here your leader loop must pass through the cable and the hook eye.