German Rig

What you

What you’ll need…

Step 1. This rig works best with a dedicated monofiment hooklink.

Step 1. This rig works best with a dedicated monofiment hooklink.

Step 2. Form a simple knotless knot and trim off the excess tag.

Step 2. Form a simple knotless knot and trim off the excess tag.

Step 3. Thread a size 20 Target Rig Swivel onto the hook.

Step 3. Thread a size 20 Target Rig Swivel onto the hook.

Step 4. Next thread on a Covert Hook Stop carefully teasing it over the barb to maintain its grip.

Step 4. Next thread on a Covert Hook Stop carefully teasing it over the barb to maintain its grip.

Step 5. Position the Covert Hook Stop so the swivel sits on the hook shank as shown (opposite the barb).

Step 5. Position the Covert Hook Stop so the swivel sits on the hook shank as shown (opposite the barb).

Step 6. We recommend tying a figure of eight loop knot in the end of the hooklink. A hooklink length of 6-7 inches (15-18cm) is most effective.

Step 6. We recommend tying a figure of eight loop knot in the end of the hooklink. A hooklink length of  6-7 inches (15-18cm) is most effective.

Step 7. We prefer to use a wafter or snowman hookbait and mount the hookbait with the swivel embedded neatly in the base like this.

Step 7. We prefer to use a wafter or snowman hookbait and mount the hookbait with the swivel embedded neatly in the base like this.

Step 8. An easy way of attaching the hookbait is to pull through a piece of monofilament and blob it with a lighter.

Step 8. An easy way of attaching the hookbait is to pull through a piece of monofilament and blob it with a lighter.

Step 9. Finally, steam the hooklink to ensure it sits straight and to set the position of the hook in alignment with the hooklink.

Step 9. Finally, steam the hooklink to ensure it sits straight and to set the position of the hook in alignment with the hooklink.

4 Comments

  1. Mark 25/05/2018 at 3:16 pm - Reply

    Is there any reason why I shouldn’t use the German or turbo German rig for a straight bottom bait ie not a balanced bottom bait?

    Mark

    • Oliver Webb 04/06/2018 at 10:13 am - Reply

      Hi Mark,

      You can certainly use these rigs with a standard bottom bait – but I am always focused on how the rig will settle after the lead impacts the lake bed – hence my personal preference for balanced hookbaits that settle far more consistently with the hook touching down first.

      Double bottom baits also settle far more consistently than single hookbaits so may be an option – but I still prefer balanced hookbaits on both these presentations for the reason explained.

      Yours
      Lewis Read

  2. Kris walker 07/10/2017 at 1:25 pm - Reply

    Hi,

    My question is for the turbo tweak for the German rig.

    Why do you need to use the specimen quick lok swivel and not a xt quick lok for example?

    • Oliver Webb 09/10/2017 at 8:56 am - Reply

      Hi Kris,

      It’s simply the case that this video was produced before we did the XT swivel.

      A de-ringed XT will work superbly (stronger) for this rig. It would certainly be component of choice nowadays…

      🙂

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