Kyle Peterson of Wired2fish shares his favorite way to custom rig line through swimbaits using a handful of basic supplies. He has honed his method to achieve the best action from a swimbait and extend its lifespan. This unique line through swimbait rigging method allows rigging various types of swimbaits with a single bottom treble hook with ease and speed.
TACKLE USED (retail links)
- SWIMBAIT – Megabass Magdraft Freestyle: Buy at Bass Pro Shops, Buy at Tackle Warehouse
- HOOK – Decoy Quattro X-S21 Hook, size: 1/0: Buy at Tackle Warehouse
- HOOK (finesse) – VMC Redline Finesse Treble, size 3: Buy at Bass Pro Shops, Buy at Tackle Warehouse
- WEIGHT – WOO! Tungsten Never Chip, 1/8-ounce: Buy at Tackle Warehouse
- STRAW/LUBRICANT – Sea Foam Deep Creep: Buy at Amazon
- REPLACEMENT STRAWS – Spray Can Replacement Straw: Buy at Amazon
- ROD – ARK Reinforcer Casting Rod, 7’3″ Medium Heavy: Buy at Tackle Warehouse
- REEL – ARK Fishing Gravity 7 Casting Reel, 8.1:1: Buy at Tackle Warehouse
- LINE – Sufix Advance Fluorocarbon, 20-pound: Buy at Bass Pro Shops, Buy at Tackle Warehouse
THE APPEAL OF LINE THROUGH SWIMBAITS
Peterson starts the video catching several quality bass using the proven Megabass Magdraft Freestyle (Tackle Review). Afterwards, he delves into his unique line through rigging style and provides a step-by-step guide on his preferred setup. In addition, he explains his resourceful use of lubricant can straws as a conduit for fishing line. This innovation lends the bait extra flexibility and action in the water. Check out another recent video on how Fred Roumbanis rigs and fishes his line through swimbaits.
MAXIMIZING STRAW USE AND WEIGHT PLACEMENT
Peterson shares valuable tips about making the most of the straw, including its correct positioning within the bait. He emphasizes how its strategic placement significantly affects the bait’s performance. He also discusses the impact of weight placement and orientation in the swimbait’s belly.
LINE, HOOK, AND RIGGING TIPS
When casting large swimbaits around shallow water cover, Peterson prefers a 20-pound fluorocarbon line. He then introduces us to a unique hook – the Decoy Quattro – recommended by Brandon Palaniuk. He elaborates on how its four hook points improve rigging and hooking percentages over a traditional treble hook when line through rigging.
ADAPTING YOUR SETUP
As with most presentations, upsize or downsize based on the situation. Downsizing your paddle tail swimbait, treble hook, and rod setup can effectively cater to swimbaits in the 4-inch range. He experiences the best results when maintaining a slow retrieve speed for largemouth bass with line through swimbaits and other moving baits.