Wire Up a Weedless

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When the fish are feeding on shallow seagrass beds and I'd like to reel in a fish instead of a clump of grass, I'll make my soft-plastic lure weedless. I take a short length of rigging wire (No. 3 or heavier) and bend one end to form a "barb." Then I stick the barbed end of the wire into the soft plastic right ahead of the hook. Try to stay away from wire that's too stiff - the weedguard will be more durable and flexible if it has a little give.

- Capt. Paul Strauss, Jensen Beach, Florida