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Tony Lain

Senko style bait in deep or shallow water. Many pros have learned that the rig will work on most any body of water and the rig has been proven to catch sh in both clear and dirty water situations. One an- gler who has made a lot of money work- ing with the rig is FLW co-angler Roy Des- mangles Jr. “I started using the rig when I saw it being done at a Bassmaster event at Lake Shasta,” says Desmangles. “The rst time that I heard about the rig was from Izzy Byrd when Izzy was winning a lot of money from the back of the boat.” Ac- cording to Desmangles, Izzy Byrd showed him a Senko that he had put a nail weight in the head. The added bene t to using an internal sinker is that it creates a smaller, natural pro le and increases the chances that a bass will swallow the bait on the fall. “I like the rig because it is simple and the sh respond to it,” says Desmangles.” I nd that the rig stands out when the bite gets tough - and it catches big sh also.” The entire system consists of using as light of weight as necessary to merely get a bait on the bottom. “I prefer using 6 or 8 pound test,” says Desmangles. “I’ll adjust my line and weight size to the conditions that I am shing.” Using the rig is an alternative to – but also very different than - using a drop shot, a shakey head, brass-n-glass, or other weighted rig. First, the nail weights are de- signed to go inside soft plastic baits. Sec- ond, the rig is designed to be shed wacky style. The rig consists of a short shank. drop shot type hook positioned towards the middle of the bait. In most cases, baits are rigged with a small #2, #1, or 1/0 drop- shot style hook. Most anglers sh the rig on medium action spinning gear. The main concept is to allow baits to be worked with the same level of action and natural ap- peal as the dropshot, only bites usually oc- cur during the fall or once the bait initially alights on the bottom, expect to get bit. “There are basically two ways that I like to sh the rig,” says Desmangles. “I like to shake it vertically because it offers a dif- ferent look to the sh versus a drop shot. The second way is to throw the rig on the bank and walk it down the water column like stair steps.” “Most of the strikes come on the fall,” says Desmangles. “But I like to shake it vertically on slack line once I begin my retrieve back to the boat.” Nail weights are perfect for adding a little bit of weight to soft plastics because anglers can easily trimmed or add the exact amount of weight that is needed to present a bait in the optimal water column. The nail weights can be placed in the tail, the nose, or both to control the rate at which a worm falls.

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In a quest to take the rig to the next level, anglers such as Joe Uribe Jr. have customized the rig. “My dad and I want- ed to create a system that allowed us to get more noise out of the rig,” says Uribe. “So we started pouring our own twist-style weights in our garage.” Uribe Jr. teamed up with his father (Joe Uribe Sr.) and came up with an improved rig concept that involves using a twist-on style nail weight that does not have to be shoved into the belly of a worm. “We found that it was a lot easier to chop the head off of a bait to make it at (like the head of a Senko),” says Uribe Jr. “We designed a head-shaped lead weight that could be twisted into our worms be- cause we wanted the lead to be exposed when we were working the bait so that it makes a tick sound and allows us to have a little different look and sound versus the original rig or a shakeyhead. Accord- ing to Uribe Jr., this customized approach improved the bottom contact and made it easier to rig baits during tournaments. The father and son team worked with Voss Weights to mass produce their invention, which is called the Voss Twist Weight. “My rig setup usually consists of a green pump- kin or watermelon Zoom Trick worm, which

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