The technique involves rigging two hooks in unison, without ganging them. Gang hooks lack the flexibility to allow a live fish to swim freely. In this rig, the back hook is placed in the back of the fish just below the dorsal fin, and the front hook either in the front of the eye socket, or through the nose. The bait can swim freely, and the second ‘stinger’ hook is hardly noticeable.
In Dion’s original version of this rig, heavy mono was used between the two hooks. My theory is that mono, no matter how heavy, will be bitten in seconds with the sharp teeth of a Mackerel. So in my version, I experimented with a short length of multi-strand wire. Multi-strand is still quite flexible and, if kept as light as possible, is barely any different to mono.
To begin, you will need to following equipment.
- Two hooks (I use Gamatsu Live Bait hooks in a 6/0 size)
- Short length of multi-stand wire (60lb in this case)
- Small Crimping tool
- Some heat-shrink electrical stuff (I like the finish the red colour gives)
This final hook should look a little like this.