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Rigging Ballyhoo for Offshore Fishing

In The Spread brings you an in-depth demonstration on how to rig ballyhoo eight different ways. Mike Tarmey has fished with many tournament winning teams and is considered one of the best at rigging ballyhoo. RJ Boyle and Mike Tarmey talk about ballyhoo rigging, why it is important to do it the correct way and how to prepare the bait before starting the rigging process! Want to know how to bait a circle hook? Here's your answer! From the tools you need to rig, how to select primo baits, how to actually rig the baits to catch fish and then how to dress them up for the dance, In The Spread gives it all up as we always do in our fishing videos. This is definitely your bait of choice for many catching many species including Mahi Mahi, Kingfish, Marlin, Sailfish, Tuna, Grouper and more!

Here is a list of ballyhoo rigging tools you will need and will see in the video: File, J-Hooks, Circle Hooks, swivels, O rings, Rigging wire, Floss, Lead, Chugger & Hooker, Mylar head skirt, Fluorocarbon, Salt or Brine (we use Bionic Brine in this video), Manley Pliers, Deboner or arrow, Small hand Crimper, Mono, Cutters, Needle nose Pliers, Dykes - Diagonal cutting pliers, Bait knife and a Closed eye rigging needle (We prefer the closed eye needle so it doesn't get stuck in the bait in the rigging process.) Sizes, specifications and details of all components and why they are needed are detailed in the video.

Ballyhoo bait is the standard in most bait boxes around the world. Knowing how to rig ballyhoo the proper way is an art. The last thing between you and the fish is the bait, so it better be right. Do you really want to gamble with baits that are just ok? Or, do you want the best baits rigged the proven way?

Wondering how to rig ballyhoo for trolling? Here is a short summary of the selection process: In this video we specifically discuss ballyhoo colors, firmness, eyes and beaks. These all play a big factor once you get out on the water. You need a good blue/green color on top of the bait. Too much bright blue will not hold up well while trolling. An orange color on the tail of the Ballyhoo is a good sign. You will also need to look for firmness in the stomach area and make sure the eyes are clear and not foggy as well as making sure the beaks are not broken!

Here is a list of the step by step rigging techniques you will see in this video: The Swivel Rig, The O-Ring ballyhoo rig, The Floss Rig, Circle Hook ballyhoo with Mylar Rig, Hooker Style Rig, Split Bill Ballyhoo, Wire Rig Ballyhoo and the Double Hook Ballyhoo Pin Rig.

Each one of these rigs is described in detail and rigged in a step by step process including where to set the hook, distance from one component to the next, how much material to use, how to properly use the tools listed above and what the bait should look like in the end and why!

As a bonus feature we also include a discussion about the options you have for skirting, from sea witch ballyhoo rig to chuggers to sea fans to squid skirts and more. Why skirts? Why do you dress up your baits? Skirts will give your bait more color and will make it swim better. How much do you need to cut them for a proper Ballyhoo rig? Find out the details in the video!

Join RJ Boyle as he puts the screws to Mike Tarmey, so you will have the knowledge the pros have. As usual, nothing is held back. Get Tight!

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