Quick-Change Ballyhoo

Quick-Change Ballyhoo

Quick-Change Ballyhoo

This variation on the conventional ballyhoo pin rig takes only seconds to put together but provides a secure connection between bait and leader. Here's how to do it. 1: Lay the rig and ballyhoo side by side, and visualize where the hook point will exit the bait.
Quick-Change Ballyhoo

Quick-Change Ballyhoo

2: Slip the hook inside the ballyhoo's throat latch, and thread it through the bait. Poke the point of the hook out the bait's belly.
Quick-Change Ballyhoo

Quick-Change Ballyhoo

3: Line up the wire pin directly underneath the bait's lower jaw, then push it through both the lower and the upper jaws.
Quick-Change Ballyhoo

Quick-Change Ballyhoo

4: Wrap the rubber band tightly behind the pin twice, and follow with two wraps ahead of the pin. Repeat until you come to the very end of the rubber band.
Quick-Change Ballyhoo

Quick-Change Ballyhoo

5: Stretch the rubber-band end loop over the upright pin. When this is done correctly, the rubber band will snug down over the pin, keep the jaws of the bait closed and secure the bait to the rig.
Quick-Change Ballyhoo

Quick-Change Ballyhoo

6: Before placing the bait in the spread, crush the backbone for additional flexibility and swimming action and snap off the beak. To replace a bait, simply undo the rubber band, remove the damaged bait and affix a fresh one.