The Best Live Ballyhoo Rig With A Circle Hook

The Best Live Ballyhoo Rig With A Circle Hook

 Scott uses a 3-4 inch copper wire to rig the live ballyhoo in order to insure that it stays alive and well

Scott uses a 3-4 inch copper wire to rig the live ballyhoo in order to insure that it stays alive and well

From fishing in a multitude of fishing tournaments all over the world, Scott constantly runs into fisherman who don't use circle hooks to rig live ballyhoo because they always get bad hook sets. But Scott has found one surefire way to rig a ballyhoo so that the hook is set in the corner of the fish's mouth, every time. 

Because a circle hook is now mandatory in most billfish tournaments, anglers around the globe have struggled to find "the rig" for a live ballyhoo. But look no further; here are the steps for a simple, but extremely effective circle hook rig:

Step 1) Take a 3 to 4 inch piece of copper wire and wrap it around the hook nice and tight so that the wire won't come past the barb.

Step 2) Push the wire through the soft tissue of the ballyhoo's bottom jaw

Step 3) Pull the hook tight to the mouth, and carefully wrap the wire around the bill. Don't break the bill or harm the bait, because you want him to be lively and ready to go for that big fish you're after. 

Once you cast the bait, the hook will be pulled 1/4 of an inch away from the bait, allowing it to swim freely and the hook to hang loosely. Once the fish grabs the bait, the hook will be set firmly in the corner of its mouth, every time.  Watch the video below to see exactly how Scott Walker does it.

Scott Walker shows you exactly how to tie his tournament winning live ballyhoo circle hook rig

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