Wahoo - Rigging Lures for High Speed Trolling

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Instructor: RJ Boyle

Rick Redeker, a renowned big game fishing pro, demonstrates unconventional wahoo trolling lure rigging techniques in a video. This powerful learning tool showcases his unique system, which weeds through smaller fish to focus on catching big wahoo. The video covers tools, tackle, and lures used for rigging wahoo lures, with a heavier setup for better results. This resource is ideal for learning high-speed trolling techniques and catching big wahoo.

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The concept of wahoo rigs and how to rig wahoo lures is a hotly debated topic. When it comes to learning about lure rigging and the tackle to use, I always defer to those who have achieved success at the highest levels of the sport.

Spotlight: Rick Redeker

Rick Redeker has, by all accounts, made a name for himself catching big wahoo and winning the biggest tournaments multiple times. He has a very exacting system for selectively targeting and catching big fish. His lures are distinctly different as well.

    In this rigging wahoo lures video, Rick is going to explain every lure, skirt, hook, cable, crimp, length of heat shrink and how he rigs wahoo trolling lures in a step-by-step fashion.

Rick's Basic Wahoo Rig

This is a basic wahoo rig that Rick has had a lot of success with over the years. It's a bit different than traditional wahoo rigs with heavier cable and hooks. He rigs this way for reasons he will explain.
Inventory Breakdown:

  • Foundation:
             - Stainless steel hook
             - Cable
             - Crimps

  • Base Lure: Glass head lure
  • Colors: Rick will discuss a few of the colors he likes in his skirts.
  • Divergence: Utilizing a Japanese feather and a 50 skirt that both go inside the base lure.

    Note: All the tools from cable cutters, mono cutters, and heavy-duty crimps are included, so you know what he is using.

Rigging Process:

  1. Hook Set: Rick starts by cutting his length of cable and crimping the hook onto it. He will show you how he achieves the desired cable rig before adding heat shrink. (Note: Two different sizes of heat shrink are added for extra protection.)
  2. Lure Assembly: Rick guides you through inserting the Japanese feather inside the 50 skirt and then adding them to the base glass head lure. With the hook added, you'll see the preferred skirt length relative to the hook position.
  3. Finishing Touch: The last step is finishing off the rig at the top of the cable with a loop for attaching the cable to the shock cord.

Rigging wahoo lures this way has earned Rick Redeker plenty of success. It might be different from what you're used to, but it's worth learning how other top wahoo fishing pros rig their lures.

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