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September 21, 2007

Rigs That Sting

Tired of tail nippers? Rig a stinger hook to foil short-strikers and increase your hookup rate.
STUNG: Add a stinger to minimize short strikes.
Photo: Bob McNally

When fish seem to be biting off the tails of your baits, it's time to add a stinger. These rigs work for trolling live baits and casting soft-plastics or lures. Here are three simple ways to rig stingers.
- Bob McNally

1. LIVE-BAIT TROLLING STINGER: The forward hook is barbed in the bait's head or nostrils. The stinger-hook wire or mono leader is attached to the forward hook eye. The leader should be long enough to position the stinger just forward of the bait's tail.
2. JIG OR SPOON STINGER: With two small rigid plastic discs, such as those cut from a coffee can lid, secure a sturdy ring-eye hook over the lure's main hook. Rig them in opposite directions.
3. SOFT-PLASTIC STINGERS: Position the lead hook at the head of the lure. Using a bait-rigging needle, run the stinger leader from the rear hook location to the forward hook and secure.