jig set up

very new to tying/setting up my own jigs and was looking for some thoughts on the following.
have seen many photos of others set up jigs ready for action. with

:leader - swivel - splitring -Jig

then off of splitring - solid ring - assist - hooks

do people setup all their rigs like this. ie new assist/hooks for every rig?

ATM I have leader - swivel - splitring - jig....but assist straight off bottom of swivel.

With this I have the swivel and assist /hooks permanenty attached to leader and I just use split rings to change to any jig I want.
(no split ring to take load) saves dunking ten different lots of hooks when you change jigs

is there something wrong with doing this? something Im not seeing?

cheers for any imput

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Uluabuster's picture

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 I use solid rings to attach

Wed, 2013-11-06 16:57

 I use solid rings to attach my assist hooks.

 Easier when you need to change hook configuration or your hook becomes blunt after several fish. Don't have tie/ untie assist to your swivel. Just use a plier to do it.

 With the price of proper assist hooks these days I recycle them. I'll test them for sharpness after each trip if not sharp enough replace. Just soak them in freshwater after each trip or rinse and air dry before storing I find that I can reuse my rig many times.

 I'll throw them out if it is a cheap hook eg. Mustad hoodlum and some cheap eBay hook I bought in bulk. Mustad doesn't stand corrosion well and the tip becomes blunt after a few trips though didn't catch anything

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Yep that first setup you

Wed, 2013-11-06 17:37

Yep that first setup you mention is right. You leave all the terminal gear tied to your leader and you just change jigs off the split ring as you please.


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Agree 100%...

Wed, 2013-11-06 18:20

...leave the swivel/assist/ring on permanently and ONLY attach the big when I'm actually fishing...not a good idea to leave jig on while outfit is not being used/in transit/etc coz it can bang against the rod and create a weak point.

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thanks for the comments

Wed, 2013-11-06 21:18

thanks for the comments guys...just put a photo in to clarify....is it OK to do as in the photo ?
hard to see in the photo but obv attached to the jig is split ring.
my logic goes.....split ring not attaching terminal tackle so just one less thing to fail.
(with solid ring holding assist then load runs through the split ring)

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 as Uluabuster said, I use a

Thu, 2013-11-07 09:36

 as Uluabuster said, I use a solid ring to attach my assists. If you are using good quality splits and solids, like Owner etc, you shouldn't have to worry about weak spots etc. The way I set it up is Your swivel, solid and jig all hang off the split ring. Attach asists to solid. Swivels have more of a chance of busting than good quality rings. i found any unusual pressure (like you have set up in the picture), it weakens it. A swivel is supposed to pull up and down. not to the side. 


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 If you want to use a swivel

Thu, 2013-11-07 14:30

 If you want to use a swivel get some if the afw stainless ones. There about 10 times stronger than brass. Otherwise i use a solid where your swivel is. Ive seen too many splits open up to use them to attach hooks. Ive never had a problem with line twist. 

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if your using overheads a

Thu, 2013-11-07 15:14

if your using overheads a figure 8 rings with hooks off one side and tie leader on the other and a small split ring to hold the jig, problem solved with no swivels or load on split rings.


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Can I ask what fish you guys

Thu, 2013-11-07 18:09

Can I ask what fish you guys are targetting when your split rings and terminal gear are breaking? We've been catching sambos to 30kg lately and havent had a problem.