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October 26, 2001

Deadly Double-Hooked Ballyhoo

Double the chances of setting a hook with this stealthy rig.

Here is a double-hooked ballyhoo rig that is fast to bait and hides both hooks, making the rig streamlined and effective against fish like wahoo that strike the bait far back.
80-pound stainless cable leader
1 offshore barrel swivel
2 crimps
2-inch 60-pound wire pin, L-shaped
2 7/0 or 8/0 Mustad 3407 hooks
1 ballyhoo rigging spring
1 Iland lure or similar lure

To rig the leader, crimp the barrel swivel to one end of the cable and slide the lure, the ballyhoo spring and the second crimp onto the leader. Link the two hooks with the bend of the leading hook through the eye of the trailing hook, and the two points facing opposite directions. Thread the free end of the cable through the eye of the leading hook then through the crimp. Add the L-shaped wire pin under the crimp, facing the same direction as the point of the leading hook, and press the crimp.
To rig the ballyhoo, line up the pin with the ballyhoo's head and mark the position of the eye of the trailing hook. Insert the trailing hook and thread it through the ballyhoo so the point exits the belly. Insert the point of the leading hook (point up) into the ballyhoo so the eye of the trailing hook is positioned correctly inside. Lay the shank of the leading hook along the belly of the ballyhoo.
Insert the pin through the ballyhoo's head, break off excess beak and screw down the rigging spring. Pull the lure down and it's ready to fish.
Kingston, Jamaica