How to Rig Yum Swim Baits

How to Rig Yum Swim Baits
Swim baits are soft plastic imitations of minnows and small bait fish that feature an enlarged paddle tail molded at the back of the bait. Used to lure both fresh and saltwater game fish species, swim baits are effective when properly fished. Yum baits produces a line of swim baits in a variety of colors to imitate a various bait fish. Rigging a Yum swim bait is a simple process that should be done so that the soft plastic of the bait is not damaged during the process.

Instructions

Difficulty: Easy

Things You’ll Need:
  • Yum swim bait
  • Offset hook with shank weight
  • Fishing line
  • Scissors
Step 1
Hold a Yum swim bait so that the nose and belly are accessible for rigging. Hold a weighted off-set hook in the other hand and position the eye of the hook below the lower jaw 1/2 inch from the front tip of the bait.
Step 2
Insert the eye of the hook up into the bait and then forward so it exits through the nose of the bait. This will prevent having to insert the large weight on the shank through the soft plastic where it can cause damage.
Step 3
Bend the Yum swim bait up slightly and insert the point of the hook into the body of the bait. Continue pushing the point through and out the top of the bait. Arrange the bait so that it sits straight on the hook from the off set to the bend.
Step 4
Attach the rigged off-set hook to your fishing line with a uni knot. Tie the uni by feeding several inches of line through the eye of the hook. Pull the line up above the eye along side the main line.
Step 5
Continue tying the uni knot by turning the free end of the line down toward the hook eye forming a loop alongside the double line. Wrap the free end around the double line and through the loop four times. Moisten the knot and pull tight. Trim excess line from the free end with scissors.

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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