Thursday, July 26, 2007

Daiwa Saltist 40

Out of nowhere few days back, i realised that I've never posted this reel on my blog :-p Bought this quite a while ago as a backup to the Accurate 665. But have only used it once for bottom fishing. Loaded it with 300yds of 50lbs P-Line and changed the knob.

Friday, July 20, 2007

Jigging Assist Hook - DIY - Part IV

Here are a couple more ways to tie assist hooks :-)

Jigging Assist Hook - Knots

Start off with a single strand through the hook. The end on the left will be use to loop the hook. The one on the right will stay stationery til later.
Make a small loop along side the hook.
Once the loop is formed, using the same strand, circle the hook several rounds and push the end through the loop.
Then pull the other end to tighten the knot. DONE.
Here's a another sample of the same knot.
No glue needed in this. This is VERY secure and tight.
Here's another way. This has got to be the easiest.

A few drops of super glue here to prevent any slippage.

DONE!! :-)
Hope these 4 parts of Assist Hook tying is informative. Much apologies on the blurry pictures. If you have any comments, feel free to share.

Thursday, July 19, 2007

Jigging Assist Hook - DIY - Part III

And now to add in a bit of variety.

- Knotless double hook -
Since its double hooks, a longer kevlar is needed. Lets start off splicing the kevlar with the solid ring. Same thing, splice the kevlar with the solid ring looped in.

Pull the spliced kevlar all the way through.
Until the solid ring is tighten with the kevlar
Some gentle massage to tighten the spliced part. A bit of super glue on the neck of the 'Y' and the tip at the solid ring would provide additional security against slippage.
With the solid ring in place, the 2 strands of extended kevlar will be spliced for the hooks.
First spliced...
Pull through. Trim and tighten
Second splice
Pull through. Trim and tighten
Apply super glue where necessary for added security.
Insert hooks. DONE & ready to hook!!

Neat and tidy :-)

Hope this is informative :-)

- to be continue -

Part I

Part II

Part III

Part IV

Part V

Wednesday, July 18, 2007

Jigging Assist Hook - DIY - Part II

Jigging Assist Hook - Knotless / Splice

This is one of my favourite DIYs. So lets go through some of the 'ingredients' needed :-)

1) Hollow kevlar 2) Sharp scissor :-p duh....kekekeke....
3) Splicing Needle
And off we go!!! It took me a few trials and errors in the beginning to get it right. And since the needles and kevlars comes in different sizes, you need to match them. And the main thing is to estimate the amount of kevlar needed, and the points where you want to insert the splicing needle.
Start off by inserting the needle completely in the hollow kevlar.

Once it's through, hook on to the other end of the kevlar and gently pull it through.

Please note, no force or turning is needed here. Just some gentle massage will do.
Once it's through, some trimming and massaging and it's done.
The 'massage' helps to tighten the 'spliced' part of the kevlar so that it will not slip. Apply some super glue for added security.
And now to hook it up.

And the same applies to the other end.

The difference here is to loop in a solid ring before splicing the kevlar.

Same process...massage gently...
Trim off the excess. The excess can also be left out as added security, with a bit of glue applied.

And there you have it :-) Knotless Jigging Assist Hook.
One of the common question ppl have with this way of splicing is 'won't the knot slip?'. The beauty of this knot is that, once you pull on both end of the knot, the entire kevlar is being tighten. So the harder you pull, the tighter the entire knot becomes. I've tried pulling the knot with 60lbs nylon leader and the leader gave way. Of course, for additional security, apply some glue on some crucial points, or wrap the crucial points tightly with dental floss.
Hope the above pictures are informative :-)
- to be continue -