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Howzit guys, this may be useful for those of you jigging where there are toothy critters and the flash really works well.

I have been using steel assist rigs for a while now, but the recent addition of some bling definitley entices more strikes. Recipie: 12/0 Mustad Hoodlum 175lb multi-strand cable 3 x double barrel crimps crystal flashabou heat-shrink tube fly tying bobbin clear nylon thread You will need a vice of sorts; i use my Dyna-King fly tying vise. Wrap a base thread the tie in two clumps of crystal flashabou ensuring that the flash is spread evenly around the hook shank.





Cut a short piece of heat shrink and pull the flash through the shrink with the aid of a piece of nylon.



Shrink the tube around the base; ensure that you wrap some paper around the flash up against the shrink so that you dont burn the flash.



Slide a crimp onto your 175lb cable ensert the cable through the eye of the hook, wrap 2 times tightly around the shank and exit oposite to the entry.





Hold the wrap tight so that it does not slip. Crimp the sleeve tight against the shank.



I add 2 pieces of small shrink over the crimp to build up the diameter so that the larger shrink will fit tight when it is shrunk.



Add a second crimp fitting over both tag ends, dont crimp yet.



Add a third crimp only on one tag, then add the solid ring to that same tag and make a loop through the ring wrapping the tag over the loop twice to form a lock.



Snug the loop and put the tag through the crimp; pull the crimp tight against the loop and ensure that the tag is lining up with the tag coming out of the middle crimp (you may have to undo the loop until you get it to line up).

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Cut the tag coming out of the ring crimp and leave a section of about 7mm, then check the tag coming out of the middle crimp and cut it so that there is about a 1mm gap between the tags.

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Slide the middle crimp over and crimp tight; ensure that the steel is straight when you crimp as it has a tendency to pull when you crimp and it will end up twisting.

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Ensure that the hook faces away from the jig when you rig up or it will wrap on the jig.

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A couple of variations

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When your jigs look like this a steel assist may just be the difference between catching that monster fish that comes along rather than loosing it because some other toothy critters have chewed through your kevlar.

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Looks great !! I like the wire idea. Heck, not only do the toothy critters tear up jigs and assist hooks. Look what a single 70" Bluefin did to this new jig:

 

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Here's the outcome of my weapon of tuna destruction, as u can see it was a crowd favorite about 250ft. down aboard the E.

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Blaasoppie, i forgot to add that ur attention to detail is quiet impressive! Awesome job on those hooks! Thanks for sharing and giving us new ways to rig up...u da man!

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I like it, I was doing something like that to my Shibuki (cuda proofing )

Hey San how long does the wire need to be and do you need to loop the wire around itself when connecting to the lure or ring like in the picture above?
 

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Hey San how long does the wire need to be and do you need to loop the wire around itself when connecting to the lure or ring like in the picture above?

I took measurement of the cuda's mouth (width ) factored in some
thrashing where his mouth could be at a diagonal and came up with
about 6-8". I decided to go with 6".

I do not loop the wire around itself because I wanted the lure to move/
wiggle freely

Seven Strand wire in 60lb class (I chose this over Malin single wire for flexibility and less kinks )
Loop around the ring / split ring once
Crimp twice (2 copper crimps)
Crimper: Jinkai SC 3

Will post some pics up later when I get my camera back
 

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here's my Shibuki Barracuda Bling

1. split ring - swivel - Seven Strand 60 cable; Jinkai Crimper
2. 2 crimps - one is fine, just think 2 looks better
3. cut tag wire, crimp with the tag end inside the 2nd crimp
4. front view, close up
5. front view, more depth
6. wire is about as long as the lure with the barrel swivel
 

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Brokejeep,

I always loop the wire to allow the assist to move freely and it also locks on itself when tension is applied adding strength to the rig.

Hey San how long does the wire need to be and do you need to loop the wire around itself when connecting to the lure or ring like in the picture above?
 

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Very neat Cabosan, you are going to need that wire when these choppers are around.



I actually have a number of fish teeth broken off in my jigs.

Have not yet caught a Tuna on a jig, but man those Blue Fin really wreck a jig!
 

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John,

Is that an Owner hook?

John_Madison CT said:
Looks great !! I like the wire idea. Heck, not only do the toothy critters tear up jigs and assist hooks. Look what a single 70" Bluefin did to this new jig:
 
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