Does anyone actually rig a jig with tail assists?

More and more I'm questioning myself about the Japanese jigging techniques and how they seem to rig assists on top and bottom of the jig. Anyone do this? And have you found you've had a better hook up rate or a better loss of jig rate?



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 depends on jig, rigging from

Thu, 2014-10-02 22:50

 depends on jig, rigging from the tail can dramatically change the action, good and bad. its all about experimenting and seeing what works best on each style of jig


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I know what you mean mate. I

Fri, 2014-10-03 05:28

I know what you mean mate. I think they use it on a certain style jig and a certain technique. They use jigs the tip over and flutter horizontally on the sink. Most of the jigs I use still fall tail end but with action, youd think it would make even more sense to use a bottom assists aswell, as the top assist is trailing well above the jig at least a couple inches on the sink. Ive always wondered how quick it would it take to snag up so never tried it myself


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I only do that if I am using

Fri, 2014-10-03 11:20

I only do that if I am using a slow-pitch /long fall jigs. These jigs are usually flat on one side and convex on the other and are meant to work real s__l__o__w. (eg. Seafloor Control)They are usually leave shape and flutter horizontally on the fall. As such, it makes sense to rig assist to both end of the jig because the fish can't tell which is the head and which is the tail.

For normal jig it usually descends/slides down vertically and dart upwards almost verticlaly- so the fish will attack the end that's running away from the fish, as that will usually mean the head part of the prey. Hence it is suffice to rig the top end.

Obviously with extra hook points you have greater chance of a hook-up. Unfortunately, the chances of snagging up also increases proportionately. I suppose that's inevitable when you are doing slow pitch jigging.

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Yeah good points, Spending

Fri, 2014-10-03 12:22

Yeah good points, Spending good money on jigs can sting especially if you lost it first drop but if it got you that 20kg dhue. I'll rig one of my slow pitch ones and give it a go. Will let you know if the jig makes it back home or if it worked


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I have done this and rigged

Tue, 2014-10-21 07:06

I have done this and rigged twin assists on the tail for slow pitch rigs (the theory is it is meant to look like a crab falling with it's claws out but that's what I've read on Jap forums) and I made about 5 drops on each attempt before getting snagged up so I've gone away from it now. Too expensive once you add the cost of 4 SJ41's, Splits and the jig.
Mates in Thailand will add a treble on the back of vertical style jigs and have a lot more hook ups with the likes of reef jack and tuskies then on a single assist BUT they also snag up a lot.

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 Sha is that you my old

Tue, 2014-10-21 07:26

 Sha is that you my old friend!?!?