Scott Walker is very particular about his rigging. Dropping a swordfish bait to 1600ft and being afraid it will get ripped off the hook at the first swipe of the bill is not acceptable to Scott. In this video we see him rigging floss and a needle to improve the durability of this bait.
“I’m just rigging up a squid, a little heavier duty than I need to. I am attaching the body and the head to the hook so that if he slashes it - he can’t just tear it in half without having to come back with something all in a knot. It can hit this really good and it will still hold together. It is a little bit more than you need to do, but these baits are soft and they are so far down I like to have a second chance…”
“By holding the stitches to the body and attaching them to the base of the hook he can slash this and it won’t come apart. I’ve got the hook here attached to the mantle tight, finished with 10 half inches here so it can’t slide down. I’ve got the head attached to the mantle so it can’t come off and I’ve got this whole section of the squid attached to the hook so that if he slashes he might tear it but it will stay in the shape of a squid so that he can come back again…”
A swordfish can hit this bait several times without knocking it off the hook. A more durable bait will mean more opportunity at a swordfish. Watch Scott sew this squid and learn how to improve the durability of your own baits.
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Capt. Scott Walker & Capt. Steve Rodger