Morrison was in charge of rigging all the rods the day before the tournament, including prepping the floats, weights, swivels, leaders and light-wire circle hooks. Rigging can take hours, especially if rigging ballyhoo for trolling. Thankfully, this tournament required live-bait fishing from kites, with baits rigged via rubber bands.
In total, we had six setups ready to go on the water at any given moment, with Morrison prepping six backups. Two Daiwa electrics served as our kite reels. Plus, we kept rigged 20-pound spinners close by for an angler to sight-cast if necessary. When tangles happen on the water, I learned, you have to get a new bait out quickly. Keeping as many baits as allowed in the water at all times is a priority. Double and triple hookups often push teams to the top of the leaderboard.