Rigging the Cayman Crusher

The Cayman Crusher is a simple yet effective ballyhoo rig for wahoo

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Double Jeopardy

The stinger hook used in the Cayman Crusher rig helps ensure a solid hook-set every time.
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Step 1

Attach the lead hook, either a 10/0 or 11/0 (based on bait size), to the leader with haywire twists. The exact number of twists is determined by laying the hook alongside the ballyhoo and lining up its point with the bait’s anal cavity. Use as many twists as it takes to go from the eye of the hook to the bait’s lower jaw. Next fabricate the stinger rig. Lay the bend of the stinger hook even with the bait’s tail to determine the distance from the eye of the stinger hook to the eye of the lead hook. Make sure the stinger hook point rides upright, as opposed to point down like the lead hook. Crimp the correct length of 480-pound-test cable to the stinger hook and then to the eye of the lead hook alongside the main leader and opposite the open part of the eye. Securing the stinger cable on this side lessens the risk of the hook eye pulling open under great stress.
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Step 2

Now, secure a strand of soft rigging wire to the leader and form a small loop in the leader’s opposite end by wrapping a second haywire twist to connect a snap swivel to the main line.
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Step 4

Slide the end of the leader into the ballyhoo’s vent and snake it through the body cavity and out the center of the throat latch.
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Step 4

Slide the end of the leader into the ballyhoo’s vent and snake it through the body cavity and out the center of the throat latch.
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Step 5

Slide the end of the leader into the ballyhoo’s vent and snake it through the body cavity and out the center of the throat latch.
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Step 6

Pull the leader through the bait until the eye and shank of the lead hook are snugged up inside the body cavity and the stinger hook is dangling outside the bait.
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Step 7

Secure the bait to the leader by running the soft wire through the bait’s eyes and following with a series of tight wraps going forward around both jaws and the leader.
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Step 8

To complete the rig, slide an Ilander lure onto the leader and over the bait’s snout.
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Step 9

To complete the rig, slide an Ilander lure onto the leader and over the bait’s snout.