Keeper Rigging Small Plastics

This is not the usual configuration for a “keeper” an hook, but this is the most secure small plastic rigging I have tried. It far outperforms glue or pegging. It holds up to repeated casting, strikes, and all kinds of rough handling. I first thought of this for surf teasers, but have since used it for trolling rigs (more on that another time), and even casting with a flyrod – all with great success.

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Slip a keeper over the point of the hook, clip end first.

 

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Slide the keeper so the clip goes beyond the eye.

 

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Pull the keeper back so the clip goes through the eye. This may take a little bending of the keeper.

 

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Thread the hawg Shad or other soft plastic onto the hook to the correct point for a straight final presentation.

 

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Screw the bait onto the keeper by turning and applying light pressure. This may feel a bit awkward as you have to bend the tail of the plastic around the hook point with each turn.

 

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When it’s screwed on all the way the bait should lay straight and ready to fish.

This striper was caught on a Hawg Shad "Keeper Rigged" on a flyrod.
A “keeper rig” made it possible to present a small Hawg Shad with a flyrod. It was a perfect match for the rainfish this striper had been eating.

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