Learn to build a double-hook rig for offshore trolling lures.
The double0-hook rig can improve your hook-up ratio when trolling large
skirted lures. To make the rig, you'll need a set of heavy-duty
crimpers, double-barrel sleeves (2.8 mm pictured), stainless-steel cable
(900-pound Malin pictured), two hooks (11/0 pictured) and chafe tubing.
Begin by sliding a sleeve and chafe tubing onto the end of the wire cable.
Bring the end of the cable back into the other side of the sleeve to form a loop.
Slide the sleeve into the crimping tool to hold it in place while you tighten the loop. Crimp the sleeve.
Your loop should look similar to the one pictured above.
Take one of your hooks and place the cable loop in line with the back
of the hook's eye. Take the leader you plan on using and connect the
two in the loop from the leader connection. The chafe tubing you placed
on the cable loop will protect the leader from becoming abraded by the
Take the lure you plan on using and slide it all the way down the leader.
With the lure in place, you will now be able to judge where to trim
the cable to form a loop for the second hook. In this case, cutting the
cable at the end of the lure skirts will give us enough extra cable to
work with for the second hook.
Slide the lure up out of the way before you crimp the second hook in
place. Slide the crimp sleeve onto the free end of the cable followed by
the second hook. Be sure to run the cable through the eye of the hook
so it will face in the opposite direction of the first hook.
Bring the end of the cable back into the sleeve to form another loop.
Slide the lure back down into place and adjust the position of the
trailing hook. You want the eye of the second hook to sit inside the
ends of the skirt as shown, with the point of the hook exposed.
Once you get the hook into the correct position, trim any extra cable that may be coming out of the sleeve.
Crimp the sleeve for the trailing hook. It's unnecessary to use chafe tubing on the trailing hook loop.
IGFA rules dictate how close the hooks can be to one another. Be
aware that the eye of the second hook cannot meet with the bend of the
first hook. It is always a good idea to check your hook sets to ensure
that they will be legal to fish with in tournament situations.
There are two common variations of the double hook rig. In the top
example, the trailing hook is crimped directly to the loop in the
leader. In the bottom example, the trailing hook is crimped into the eye
of the first hook.