How to Rig a Banjo Minnow

How to Rig a Banjo MinnowYour favorite "who done It" goes to a commercial break just as the mystery is about to be solved. As you rise from the sofa, your attention is drawn back to the television as a monster bass is hauled from the water. How is this possible? And there it is, the Banjo Minnow. The method and kit are presented neatly packaged for a low, low price. Do you like the idea but not the price? The parts you need to assemble your own banjo minnows are readily available from your local fishing store.


Difficulty: Easy

How to:

Things You’ll Need:
  • Minnow (soft plastic body)
  • Screw-in hook holder
  • #4 live bait hook
  • Small rubber "O" rings
  • Rubber band
Step 1
Select a soft body minnow that is four to five inches long. There are many different minnows on the market made by various manufacturers. Take into consideration the minnow's color and body design when making your selection.
Step 2
Insert a screw-in bait holder into the minnow's nose. Many screw-in holders feature a no-crimp, or closed ring, eye for attaching to a hook or fishing line. Insert the corkscrew holder so that only the eye is exposed from the minnow.
Step 3
Place a small rubber "O" ring onto a #4 live bait hook. Slide the "O" ring over the point, past the barb and onto the bend of the hook.
Step 4
Place the rigged minnow onto the hook. Slide the eye of the bait holder, with minnow attached, over the point and barb of the hook until it rests next to the "O" ring. Place a second "O" ring onto the hook so that the bait holder eye is positioned between the two "O" rings. Make sure there is enough room between the "O" rings for the bait holder to have freedom of movement.
Step 5
Insert a small rubber band through the bait holder hook's eye. Double the rubber band and insert about half of it through the eye.
Step 6
Pass one end of the rubber band around the outside of the hook eye and through the loop of the rubber band on the opposite side. Pull the rubber band tight around the hook eye. Stretch the free end of the rubber, and hook onto the barb.

Tips & Warnings

The rubber band is stretched across the hook to make the rig weedless. You can also use a wide-gap weedless hook for the setup.

Article Written By Keith Dooley

Keith Dooley has a degree in outdoor education and sports management. He has worked as an assistant athletic director, head coach and assistant coach in various sports including football, softball and golf. Dooley has worked for various websites in the past, contributing instructional articles on a wide variety of topics.

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