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Marlin and Game Fish – Single hook Stiff Rig for Kona’s | A rigging tutorial by Durban based fishing charter and guide on how to make a single hook stiff rig used for trolling Kona’s for Marlin and Big Game Fish

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Marlin and Game Fish: Single hook stiff rig for Kona’s

 

Tutorial by Mike Laubscher of  Blue Water Charters | Durban

 

The single hook stiff rig is the solution to the many missed strikes by Billfish and Big Game; the rig will increase your hook up rate from 1 out of 3, to 9 out of 10. It needs to be fished in a similar way to a circle hook with a light drag setting when trolling, and allowing the fish to run for at least 10 seconds before tightening the drag to set the hook, no striking is required. This single hook rig swims true and will allow the best possible action on your lure.

Blue Water Charters - Durban
Marlin and Big Game Sport Fishing
Marlin and Game Fish – Single hook Stiff Rig for Kona’s | A rigging tutorial by Durban based fishing charter and guide on how to make a single hook stiff rig used for trolling Kona’s for Marlin and Big Game FishBlue Water Charters - Durban
Marlin and Big Game Sport Fishing
Marlin and Game Fish – Single hook Stiff Rig for Kona’s | A rigging tutorial by Durban based fishing charter and guide on how to make a single hook stiff rig used for trolling Kona’s for Marlin and Big Game FishBlue Water Charters - Durban
Marlin and Big Game Sport Fishing
Marlin and Game Fish – Single hook Stiff Rig for Kona’s | A rigging tutorial by Durban based fishing charter and guide on how to make a single hook stiff rig used for trolling Kona’s for Marlin and Big Game FishBlue Water Charters - Durban
Marlin and Big Game Sport Fishing
Marlin and Game Fish – Single hook Stiff Rig for Kona’s | A rigging tutorial by Durban based fishing charter and guide on how to make a single hook stiff rig used for trolling Kona’s for Marlin and Big Game FishBlue Water Charters - Durban
Marlin and Big Game Sport Fishing
Marlin and Game Fish – Single hook Stiff Rig for Kona’s | A rigging tutorial by Durban based fishing charter and guide on how to make a single hook stiff rig used for trolling Kona’s for Marlin and Big Game FishBlue Water Charters - Durban
Marlin and Big Game Sport Fishing
Marlin and Game Fish – Single hook Stiff Rig for Kona’s | A rigging tutorial by Durban based fishing charter and guide on how to make a single hook stiff rig used for trolling Kona’s for Marlin and Big Game FishBlue Water Charters - Durban
Marlin and Big Game Sport Fishing
Marlin and Game Fish – Single hook Stiff Rig for Kona’s | A rigging tutorial by Durban based fishing charter and guide on how to make a single hook stiff rig used for trolling Kona’s for Marlin and Big Game FishBlue Water Charters - Durban
Marlin and Big Game Sport Fishing
Marlin and Game Fish – Single hook Stiff Rig for Kona’s | A rigging tutorial by Durban based fishing charter and guide on how to make a single hook stiff rig used for trolling Kona’s for Marlin and Big Game FishBlue Water Charters - Durban
Marlin and Big Game Sport Fishing
Marlin and Game Fish – Single hook Stiff Rig for Kona’s | A rigging tutorial by Durban based fishing charter and guide on how to make a single hook stiff rig used for trolling Kona’s for Marlin and Big Game FishBlue Water Charters - Durban
Marlin and Big Game Sport Fishing
Marlin and Game Fish – Single hook Stiff Rig for Kona’s | A rigging tutorial by Durban based fishing charter and guide on how to make a single hook stiff rig used for trolling Kona’s for Marlin and Big Game Fish

1.

Materials:

- 2.4 mm stainless steel welding rod

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

- Copper crimps to suit the 2.4mm rod (5 crimps required)

- Stainless Steel Hook (I have used a Mustad 10/0 hook for the tutorial)

2.

Cut a length of rod about 2.25 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. Make a 180 degree bend in the wire using round nose pliers.

3.

Kink the bend out on both sides using the round nose pliers, and then insert your hook.

4.

Squeeze this bend around the hook eye to form a tight loop bringing both sides of the rod parallel to each other.

5.

Use a small file; roughen up the smooth rod surface in the area where you will put your crimps.

6.  

Pull your first crimp tight and crimp it in place.

7.

Put your second crimp, your rod should now have a tight loop around the hook eye.

8.

Cut the tag end to where the centre of your rig should be and slip on 3 crimps over both the rod and the tag end.

9.  

Make a 180 degree bend at your required length.

10.  

Cut the tag end to length, leaving a 2mm gap from the opposite tag end.

11.  

Roughen up the area where your crimps will go with a small file.

12.

Squeeze the loop together and push the double crimps up and crimp, leaving a 1cm loop.

Blue Water Charters - Durban
Marlin and Big Game Sport Fishing
Marlin and Game Fish – Single hook Stiff Rig for Kona’s | A rigging tutorial by Durban based fishing charter and guide on how to make a single hook stiff rig used for trolling Kona’s for Marlin and Big Game FishBlue Water Charters - Durban
Marlin and Big Game Sport Fishing
Marlin and Game Fish – Single hook Stiff Rig for Kona’s | A rigging tutorial by Durban based fishing charter and guide on how to make a single hook stiff rig used for trolling Kona’s for Marlin and Big Game FishBlue Water Charters - Durban
Marlin and Big Game Sport Fishing
Marlin and Game Fish – Single hook Stiff Rig for Kona’s | A rigging tutorial by Durban based fishing charter and guide on how to make a single hook stiff rig used for trolling Kona’s for Marlin and Big Game FishBlue Water Charters - Durban
Marlin and Big Game Sport Fishing
Marlin and Game Fish – Single hook Stiff Rig for Kona’s | A rigging tutorial by Durban based fishing charter and guide on how to make a single hook stiff rig used for trolling Kona’s for Marlin and Big Game FishBlue Water Charters - Durban
Marlin and Big Game Sport Fishing
Marlin and Game Fish – Single hook Stiff Rig for Kona’s | A rigging tutorial by Durban based fishing charter and guide on how to make a single hook stiff rig used for trolling Kona’s for Marlin and Big Game FishBlue Water Charters - Durban
Marlin and Big Game Sport Fishing
Marlin and Game Fish – Single hook Stiff Rig for Kona’s | A rigging tutorial by Durban based fishing charter and guide on how to make a single hook stiff rig used for trolling Kona’s for Marlin and Big Game FishBlue Water Charters - Durban
Marlin and Big Game Sport Fishing
Marlin and Game Fish – Single hook Stiff Rig for Kona’s | A rigging tutorial by Durban based fishing charter and guide on how to make a single hook stiff rig used for trolling Kona’s for Marlin and Big Game FishBlue Water Charters - Durban
Marlin and Big Game Sport Fishing
Marlin and Game Fish – Single hook Stiff Rig for Kona’s | A rigging tutorial by Durban based fishing charter and guide on how to make a single hook stiff rig used for trolling Kona’s for Marlin and Big Game Fish

13.

Making sure all is straight and aligned, crimp over the join by the tag ends and only crimp on the outsides of the crimp.

14.

Cut a length of 6.4mm heat shrink to cover from the hook to the loop.

15.

Use a hot air blower and apply heat until the shrink wrap is nice and tight. You can use a lighter, but I prefer the blower.

16.

Cut a length of 9.5mm heat shrink that covers from the crimps to over the hook shank, apply heat with a hot air blower until the heat shrink is nice and tight.

17.

Cut a second piece of 9.5mm heat shrink and cover the previous 9.5mm heat shrink, apply heat with a hot air blower until this is nice and tight. This second piece is to stiffen up the connection between the rod and the hook.

18.

Put a small piece of 6.4mm heat shrink to neaten up over the hook shank.

Blue Water Charters - Durban
Marlin and Big Game Sport Fishing
Marlin and Game Fish – Single hook Stiff Rig for Kona’s | A rigging tutorial by Durban based fishing charter and guide on how to make a single hook stiff rig used for trolling Kona’s for Marlin and Big Game Fish

19.

The completed rig will look like this.

 

I used the same method to make a smaller rig with a 6/0 hook and I used a 1.6mm stainless steel welding rod on the smaller rig and used only 3 crimps as there was no space for double crimping.