Angling Times (UK) - - TIPS & TACTICS -

IF YOU are new to us­ing soft plas­tic lures, Berkley, Fox and Sav­age Gear all of­fer them pre-rigged with a jig hook and stinger al­ready fit­ted.

These are a great place to start, but soon you are likely to want to rig your own with dif­fer­ent weights of jig head and per­haps dif­fer­ent hook po­si­tions. It can also work out cheaper to rig your own.

AT­TACH the stinger hook. The back is best in weedy wa­ters but the belly will give more hook-ups.

USE a split ring to hold the loop on the end of the stinger in place and you are ready to go!

FOR a 5ins bait a 5/0 jig hook reaches the right po­si­tion, for a 6ins lure a 6/0, and so on.

PUSH the hook into the cen­tre of the nose of the bait – straight, or else it won’t swim true.

FEED the lure on to the hook un­til the point emerges through the nick you have al­ready made .

LIN­ING up the jig hook along­side the lure, make a small nick in the plas­tic where the hook will exit.

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