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One piece solid ring connected to a premium rolling swivel allows the bait to move freely above the dropper arm with a natural flowing and undulating action.
Insert your favorite weight and/or bead combinations onto the shaft then bend the end of the shaft with a pair of narrow nose pliers to hold in place.
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How to Set Up the Tokyo Rig
Bassmaster Elite Series pro, Seth Feider, shows us how to set up the Tokyo Rig that was brought to market by VMC and gives anglers a slightly more finesse option when throwing Texas Rigs around cover. The drop down wire acts as a beefed up drop shot, perfect when the fish prefer something a little different. Here are the steps to set it up.
- Choose which hook option you prefer (worm, flipping, EWG)
- Match the hook to the size bait you want to use
- Tie line to the end of the swivel with the knot of your choice (palomar is a great option)
- Add weight to the wire. Flipping style weight with cone facing down. Put a slight bend in the wire to hold it in place.
- Add soft plastic bait (craw/tube/beaver/worm). Texpose soft bait on hook.
NEW Way to Fish the Tokyo Rig
The Tokyo Rig has been a welcomed addition to the flipping and pitching family for several main reasons. It not only goes through vegetation better than a traditional Texas Rigged bait but will also suspend the hook above ground sediment due to the hanging wire, allowing fish to locate it better in murkier situations. Now that anglers have had some time using it, the true versatility of the bait is starting to shine.
Bassmaster Elite Series pro, Patrick Walters shares one of the more non-traditional ways he is using the Tokyo Rig in places where you would think to throw a wobble head or even a crankbait.
Fishing a deep point in 20+ feet of water, Patrick will pick up the Tokyo Rig with a swimbait on the back of it. Versatility is key. Being able to switch out weights quickly means he can effectively fish a wide variety of depths throughout the day. He also has the ability to cover more ground at the desired depth due to the separation of the wire/weight from the bait. On slack line, the rig falls completely vertical when a traditional Texas Rigged bait will have a gliding effect. There is also less worry around hook ups when using bigger weights since the fish won’t have the weight in its mouth when you go to set the hook.
The mounting benefits have us thinking of the next situation the rig will be a standout for!
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VMC Tokyo Rig Review
When fishing around shallow cover, fish have seen it all. Patrick Walters breaks down why he uses the VMC Tokyo Rig to show the fish something new. One of the most important things to remember with the Tokyo Rig is the versatility. The Tokyo Rig can be fished in submerged grass, docks, deep rock, timber, reeds, and even matted grass. Depending on the soft plastic and the weight, this rig can be fished just about anywhere.
Craws, beavers, worms, and even tubes can be used on the Tokyo Rig. One tip to help you skip the Tokyo Rig around docks or trees is to use a trailer with flat sides. The flat sides will have less friction, compared to a bait with lots of ribs or appendages, when the bait is going across the water.
As Patrick has fished the Tokyo Rig more and more, he has discovered that using 2 weights works dramatically better around vegetation. He explains that by using 2 weights facing away from each other, the bait comes in and out of the cover much smoother. To do this, choose the weight you want to use and then stack 2 weights that are half the desired weight. This makes a much more compact and sleeker presentation.
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