Hey guys was having a hard time explaining in words how to make demersal assists to a mate
so though id make a constructive post being sick and bed bound.

Firstly Picture 1 details what is needed:

  • Varivas Assist cord 30
  • Hooks- Decoy Pike Type-R Hooks are ideal -sizes 2/0 and 3/0 most common
    Also Decoy Jigging single cutlass hooks - in 2/0 and 3/0 (Cutlass 3/0 hooks used in this demo)
  • Decoy Gp rings or Owner solid rings (size 5 approx) - Gp rings are prefered as they are 2.5 times stronger and the teardrop shape is advantageous when rigging
  • Octopus/Squidly Skirts and lumo beads are optional but too much hassle imo
  • Scissors and Lighter, and pointy nose pliers.

STEP 1: pass cord through eye as shown
STEP 2: begin uni knot around shank
STEP 3: 1 turn uni pictures
STEP 4: Complete a 3 turn uni
STEP 5: tighten always locking with spit!
STEP 6: lock with half hitch and spit again
STEP 7: nip this with pointy nose pliers
STEP 8: Measure approximate length of cord needed for a twin taking into account the knot and cut
STEP 9: Complete the same knot as in steps 1 to 6 on other hook
STEP 10: Align hooks at offset length and begin overhand knot
STEP 11: Complete overhand knot with saliva, this allows the hooks to sit nicely and provides a stopper for you skirt
STEP 12: Cut or make the smallest possible hole in the top of your skirt and pull the cord through with your hook point
STEP 13: Trim take ends and burn with lighter if your fussy like me and attached GP Ring
STEP 14: Go Hunt some fish!

Cheers Duffman - Please note this is not the only way its the way i have create and its triend and test on sambos and stood the test


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Great Tutorial for Novices, beginners

Wed, 2012-02-29 14:17

Well done mate.

Maybe you should be sick more often to educate more!!!!


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haha cheers mate, some how id

Wed, 2012-02-29 14:18

haha cheers mate, some how id prefer to be catching fish than educating ahah


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haha nice work duffy you da

Wed, 2012-02-29 14:25

haha nice work duffy you da man!!!

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Nice guide there Duffman.

Wed, 2012-02-29 15:26

Nice guide there Duffman. *thumbs up*

Would be nice if there would be somewhere on FW that had all the tutorials combined. There have been a few that have come up over the years (A couple on assists, some on knots, some on slidebait rigs).


Btw, did you end up using the lumo beads in the assist? They're in the top pic but not the others? Can put them before the skirt as a stopper or after as a glow bead.


Although not strictly needed, I dont mind a drop of superglue on the hook knot as occasionally they can loosen over time. Personal preference for the most part though.



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nah some guys use the beads i

Wed, 2012-02-29 17:23

nah some guys use the beads i find there too much hassle and the knot holds th skirt fine
Yeh should have commented about superglue i only use that on thicker assist cords , but the 30 seems to never slip


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 very helpful mate might have

Wed, 2012-02-29 15:36

 very helpful mate might have to start makin some myself

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 watch out Luke... haha

Wed, 2012-02-29 20:28

 watch out Luke... haha

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 Good work mate, nothing like

Wed, 2012-02-29 21:28

 Good work mate, nothing like making things yourself and using them to catch fish! 




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Good guide

Thu, 2012-03-01 08:45

Good guide


When asked by a non-fisherman 'how many fishing rods do you really need?' the correct answer is either:

n+1 (where n is the number of fishing rods you currently own); or

n-1 (where n is the number of fishing rods which would cause your significant other to dump you.