When there is an abundance of sand eels, tuna can be extremely difficult to catch as they are gulping through bait balls with there mouths open. They are almost blind to all else around them Consequently it’s hard to catch tuna with isolated lures, even if they are great sand eel imitations. The whole idea with this rig is to simulate a bait ball effect on sand eels.
No, this rig is not cheap! But it works!
|Hogy® 7″ Sand Eel|
|Hogy® XXL Bait Keeper Screws|
|200lb Test Mono Leader|
|1.8MM Crimp Sleeves|
|2oz Egg Sinker|
|(Spreader Bar, if Making One)|
Step 1: Make your sand eel droppers. Cut 5” of 200lb test mono. Close the eye of the keeper and crimp it on one end. Repeat as necessary for how many teasers you are adding to your daisy chain or flank line.
Step 2: Crimp on your hook with chafing gear, slide on egg sinker and then crimps for teasers and chrip on your rigging eye with chafing gear.
Step 3: Decide placement. I like to start with traditional daisy chain placement of (6) sand eels up from the hook eye down, spaced every 4” or so. I then leave about three feet of leader before making my mini bait ball on the end,
Step 4: Crimp your mini bait ball. Stack them closers, about 1/2” apart. This way, they will cluster into a ball surrounding the stinger and also hiding the egg sinker.