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    One of the most consistently producing techniques for me this year has been wacky rigging Senko-type plastics. Started using two rubber O-rings instead of one to ensure my hook is perpendicular to the worm. I.e., cross the O-rings and run hook through that crossover section; see this video. Typically better hookups with hook rigged that way. But now have upgraded to using a short band of 3/8" heat shrink tubing around the center of the worm -- ensures the worm lasts longer (sometimes much longer) than with the O-rings. See this video for using heat shrink tubing for wacky rigged worms.

    In previous seasons I used a 2/0 octopus hook, but upgraded this year to Arkie's weedless wacky heads (easily avail at WallyWorld), in part to give the rig some moderate weedless protection. Those Arkie hooks are sharp as needles--so consistently get good hookups, but the hook steel is just too light. I lost a really big fish this past weekend that got into cover and straightened the hook out. Even on smaller fish that Arkie hook still routinely bends, even with a loose drag and a limber rod tip.

    Anyone have a better weedless solution that uses a strong hook? Because I'm typically fishing shallow with these weedless rigs, there's always the chance the fish will dart into cover before I can set the hook and get them out. Using no weedless protection means I just get hung up too much.

    Anyone try to make their own weedless rigs?

    Thanks
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    I've used these https://www.walmart.com/ip/Gamakatsu...&wl13=&veh=sembut the weedguard doesn't hold up very long for me anyway. I also think this style weedguard inhibits the hookset. I guess anything other than a bare hook has an impact.
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    I've ordered a package of these: Berkley Fusion19 Weedless Wide Gap Hooks
    They have a fluorocarbon weed guard. Will report back.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Spider Crack View Post
    I've ordered a package of these: Berkley Fusion19 Weedless Wide Gap Hooks
    They have a fluorocarbon weed guard. Will report back.
    Look forward to your report.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Spider Crack View Post
    I've ordered a package of these: Berkley Fusion19 Weedless Wide Gap Hooks
    They have a fluorocarbon weed guard. Will report back.
    I tried this version also and really found the weed guard to be flimsy. I am famously "ham handed" however so factor in user error to any and all of my comments
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    Fished all day yesterday with these hooks. Put 30+ fish in the boat -- these hooks are sharp as needles, great hookups, most hooks in side of mouth or roof of the mouth, no swallowed hooks. Am a fan so far. Used same hook all day -- a rarity for me when tossing a wacky rig in shallow water, usu get it badly hung up several times a day and either have to break it off or straighten out the hook. Think only time I got hung up was because the small 1/32 or 1/16 oz bullet weight I pegged in front of the hook got caught up in a limb. Really like using that small strip of heat shrink tubing on the worm, too. Really makes the worm last longer, sometimes a lot longer.

    Quote Originally Posted by Spider Crack View Post
    I've ordered a package of these: Berkley Fusion19 Weedless Wide Gap Hooks
    They have a fluorocarbon weed guard. Will report back.
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    Huh...this has got me thinking about using o-rings to rig artificial Gulp eels on a treble hook for cobia or rock...anybody ever tried that?

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