How to Rig Gamakatsu Weighted Hooks

How to Rig Gamakatsu Weighted Hooks
Gamakatsu produces a line of weighted hooks designed to let you cast plastic frogs and other plastics farther. The weight also provides a keel effect to help the lure and hook skim over obstacles in the water. Made with quality metal and cast weights, Gamakatsu weighted hooks are available from many sporting goods, tackle shops and big box stores. Rigging a Gamakatsu weighted hook is a simple process using a common method already used by many anglers.


Difficulty: Easy

Things You’ll Need:
  • Gamakatsu weighted hook
Step 1
Attach a weighted Gamakatsu hook in the size of your choice to the free end of your fishing line with a Palomar knot. Gamakatsu weighted hooks are typically available in sizes 2/0 through 7/0.
Step 2
Tie the Palomar knot by holding the Gamakatsu weighted hook in one hand and the end of the fishing line in the other. Feed the end of the line through the eye of the weighted hook for 6 to 8 inches. Turn the line back and pass it through the eye and pull the free end of the line along side the main line. You will now have a loop on one side of the hook and a double line on the other. Tie an overhand knot with the loop and doubled line. Pull the loop down and around the bend of the hook. Moisten the knot and pull tight.
Step 3
Rig a toad, worm, jerk shad or other plastic bait on the weighted Gamakatsu hook Texas style. Hold the bait, so the nose is accessible. Insert the point of the hook into the nose of the bait and through the center of the body for 1/2 inch. Turn the point down and push the hook out the bottom of the plastic bait. You will need to push the weighted part of the hook through the bait to accomplish this.
Step 4
Turn the hook, so the point is toward the plastic bait. Bend the bait slightly down and insert the point of the hook completely through the body of the bait and out the top. Adjust the bait on the hook, so it is straight.
Step 5
Insert the point of the Gamakatsu weighted hook just under the surface of the plastic bait. Some plastics, such as frogs or toads, may have a groove that the hook bend and point will rest in, and this step will not be necessary.


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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