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October 25, 2001

Keeping Things In Line

I've found that most hook-sets don't align straight behind the lure due to the rough angles and edges caused by the crimp.

After experimenting with lure designs for several years, I've found that most hook-sets don't align straight behind the lure due to the rough angles and edges caused by the crimp. This misalignment sometimes causes my lures to swim in an unnatural way. I eventually came up with this method for keeping rigs lined up.
Simply take a 1/2-inch countersink drill bit and drill out the existing leader hole on the backside of the lure's head, creating a recessed area about 3/8-inch deep. When installing the hook-set, place a 6- to 8-millimeter bead on the leader before sliding the lure on. The bead fits neatly in the countersink hole and allows the crimped leader to line up straight through the lure. To hold the hook-set in place, just put the old tried-and-true toothpick up through the bead and into the lure head.
Todd Tharp
Todd's Rigs & Lures
Oviedo, Florida