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 Guide to Help Understand Rigging

Rigging a Pakula Dojo® Peche Hybrid is very similar to rigging a standard skirted lure as it uses some of the same systems, but has in addition a method to help maintain the hook in the preferred position. All Hybrid lures are sold pre-rigged so all you really have to do is copy the rig it comes with. However it is always better if you can understand the systems and concepts so you can vary the rig to your own specifications should you want to. For example you may wish to use a lighter leader than supplied, or a different hook set up. Once you read the following you'll be able to vary your rigs without compromising the lure action and fish catching ability. Or you just may be someone who only trusts the rigs they make themselves, and don't trust pre-rigged tackle.

To help understand the methods used to rig these new lures we'll run through the construction that is important for rigging.


The Leader:The leader supplied with the lure is high quality Japanese leader. The leader should be relative to the line class you are using and the fish you are targeting. In general the lighter the leader the more fish you will catch. A sign of using leader that is too heavy for the lure is getting strikes resulting in scuff marks on the leader in front of the lure. This happens because all leaders vibrate, and in the case of surface lures such as Pakula Skirted Lures and Hybrids the leaders also have bubble trails.

If the leader is too thick the leader restricts the action of the lure and has enough vibration and smoke trail to look like part of the lure and is then attacked by the fish resulting in no hook up or a foul hooked fish in the eye or in the head area.

The Skeleton: The Skeleton is made from a very tough slightly flexible PVC and has many functions. It supports the whole lure, giving it the strength needed in a lure designed to target the monsters of the sea. It also holds the eye platforms so the eyes stick better than they would on the soft plastic. The Skeleton also supports the Keel whose purpose in rigging is to keel the lure and hook so the hook remains in the position required which is usually hook point up as shown.

The most important aspect of the Skeleton in regards to rigging is the Deadlock System. The Deadlock Tube holds the Lock Crimp of the leader securely in taking all of the pressure of the lure and leader, exactly the same function as the crimp at the back of the lure head when rigging skirted trolling lures. The tube has a long taper to accommodate the many sizes of crimps that may be used in rigging both heavy and light leaders in the same lure. The purpose of the tube is to hold the crimp tightly so that the hook 02_RiggingHybrids_r3_c3remains in the position set. The Deadlock Tube is round so that you do not need to line up the crimp with the hook when making the rig.

It is important to note that the crimp on the leader, the Lock Crimp takes all the forces of the lure and rig when the lure is pulled through the water. This allows the leader and hook below the Lock Crimp to have maximum freedom of action allowing the tail to move freely as it was designed to do.

The Leader Tube:The Leader Tube runs the full length of the lure. The more flexible the rig the better the lure will perform, so it is important to keep this mind when rigging the lure. The heavier or stiffer the leader between the Lock Crimp and hook the more the lure action will be retarded. The lure comes pre-rigged to give maximum action using a leader that should cope well with the average fish encountered using the lure size it is rigged on. There are many other rigging options, some of which will be explained later in these articles.02_UHybrids_r5_c4

Rig Support Area: The Leader Tube is narrower at this section to grip the Hook Crimp, chaffing gear (spring or tubing) hook eye and hook shaft to hold the hook in position. In situations where the hook and chaffing gear is not as bulky as the original rig you can use a drop of super glue to hold the hook firmly in position. Do not use too much glue as the lure is meant to slide away from the rig so that the fish can not use the weight of the lure to throw the hook. The hook eye and chaffing gear should be positioned within the Rig Support area, with the point of the hook in line and level with the top tail fin.

Dojo Peche® Hook: These hooks have been specifically designed for Hybrids. The short shank and wide gape gives the lure greater freedom of action. Normal J hooks with their extra length greatly restrict the lures action. The shape of the point and barb are designed to maximise hook up rates using the great variety of methods that the Hybrids will be used with. They are a hard 402J2 stainless steel. They are a fine gauge hook to maximise hook penetration, but being that fine they may not be suitable for line classes where drag settings of over 15kg are used. There are certainly alternative hooks and hook arrangements that can be used, some of which are shown in the Rigging Hybrid Section.