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Re: John F's baits: Pictorial guide to halfbeak rigging
« Reply #20 on: November 01, 2012, 02:48:13 pm »
Marcos or anyone else,
 
How much success have you had with this specific rig? Looking at doing the same but may use 1x7 strand 60lb wire which is more flexible and crimp in a bait pin?
 
Hoping to use on a halfbeak or jap mac and have that thing swim like a beaut! Target is mainly tuna / dorries but wire for the hoo's or couta...
 
A substitute to the bead chain rig

Some of you might be familiar with the bead chain rig, used in the US to rig half beaks in areas "infested" by the razor gang.
Well, this is a substitute I came up with. As the hook is located way back in the bait, ones reduces the chances of being tail-bitten by couta, wahoo, barracuda, etc.

It's made with a length of piano wire (+100 Lb) of various lengths (depending on the size of the bait) connected to the hook with a haywire twist. A small loop is twisted on the opposite end.

Depending on the rigidity of the piano wire one can use a rigging needle. The loop is inserted through the anal vent and the  wire runs trough the abdominal cavity of the half beak, coming out at the mouth. A snap swivel is then attached to the loop or one can connect the leader material via directly with a uni knot.

The wire is then wrapped with copper wire or an elastic band and the mouth shut.

This can be used as a skipping bait or if one wants to swim it just add a cigar sinker under the chin of the half beak. Also a good bait to run deep with a downrigger.
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Re: John F's baits: Pictorial guide to halfbeak rigging
« Reply #21 on: November 02, 2012, 04:33:05 pm »
It's very successful... I'll be using this rig extensively with the downrigger this season...

Jap mac are very soft, keep an eye on them to see if they don't wash out too quickly...

Let us know about your results

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Re: John F's baits: Pictorial guide to halfbeak rigging
« Reply #22 on: November 02, 2012, 04:35:59 pm »
Thanks will try and let you know. Mainly going to try on my fishing ski so hopefully Jap Mac's will last longer.
 
Will the trace / rig be too flexible? Don't think it will have an impact on the bait as pulling from the nose in any event?
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Re: John F's baits: Pictorial guide to halfbeak rigging
« Reply #23 on: November 02, 2012, 04:42:49 pm »
Should be ok

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