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sabato 12 novembre 2016

Wacky Rig Guide (ENG)

The Wacky Rig is a finesse technique, widely used in bass fishing, but fully applicable to other situations and other fish.

The particularity and prerogative of this technique regards the fact that you will attach your plastic worm through the middle of its body, instead of the head.

It is a quite static technique, that gives its best vertically with the line perpendicular to the water, but it can also be interpreted by casting the bait away.

In case of vertical fishing the strike will be more prompt, while in the other case the strike will be slightly more difficult, because of the not stretched line.

The bait can be animated with rod movements, more or less slow, more or less frequent, or can be simply left to sink, without doing anything, and then we can cast again.

The "do-nothing" technique is often the best choice, both with bass and trouts.

Let's start with a sample picture of the rig

The rig is characterized by three components with an optional fourth, which I will analyze in detail:

_Line: It's a finesse fishing technique, so the line will always be thin enough. In bass fishing we will mainly use fluorocarbon from 6 to 12 pounds. Being a very slow fishing technique, it's useful to have a line that is as invisible as possible.
In trout fishing we will use even thinner lines, between 4 and 8 pounds, while in the sea I prefer to use a PE0.8 braided line, with a long enough leader, proportionate to the type of fish we are looking for. During the fishing action the line will not always be fully stretched, so, in order to have a prompt strike it's better to use sinking lines.

_Hook: There are also specific hooks for this technique, which are divided into two categories, distinct and very different. There are in fact weighted hooks, with a small lead weight on the eye (Weighted Wacky Rig), and regular hooks (Weightless Wacky Rig). The difference is important, because the technique and the bait movement will change substantially. Obviously with hooks without additional weight we will have a more natural presentation of the bait, but also a slower sinking action. If we want to fish near the bottom, we will of course use weighted hooks, also useful if you are fishing in spots with strong currents or in rivers. This choice, however, depends also on another important factor, which is the bait's weight; there are in fact softbaits which are very heavy and fast sinking themselves, and this facilitate the sinking, even without the use of weighted hooks. There are also weedless specific hooks, like the one pictured above, but in this case the choice depends only on the fishing spot. We can also use non-specific hooks, but with three features: they must have the eye, be "wide gap" (having a big "belly", a large distance between the shank and the point) and they must have a short shank. Regarding the size, it must be proportionate to the bait used and to the size of the mouth of the fish.

_O-Ring: it's an optional accessory for the rig. It is a small and simple semi-hard rubber ring, which is inserted on the bait to not damage it and lengthen its "life." The hook should be in fact positioned between the ring and our softbait, so that the bait itself will not be punctured by the hook. In this way, however, the hook is positioned in parallel to the bait, and in my opinion the hook positioned perpendicularly provides better movements. There are also O-rings with special shapes that allow the hook to stay in a perpendicular position, but in my opinion you will only add complications to a technique that has simplicity and ease of use as its strong points.

_Softbait: You can use the Wacky Rig with almost all kind of softbaits, but the best are definitely long and symmetrical straight worms, with head and butt free to move synergistically, perfectly imitating the motion of an earthworm shaking in the water while sinking. We can have excellent results even with not symmetrical baits, not taking advantage of these canonical shapes, to create irregular movements and simulate a dying animal (Craws, Worms with curly tails, etc.).

The technique is very simple and effective, so I recommend everyone to try it!


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