Weed Guards vs. Weedless Hooks: Best Way To Rig Lures Weedless
Fish like to feed near structure, so if you want to catch them, that’s where you need to place your lure.
However, that becomes a problem when you have an exposed hook.
You can get snagged on roots, rocks, oysters, or grass, get broken off, and waste a ton of money on terminal tackle.
(Trust me, I know from experience.)
That’s where rigging your lures weedless comes in.
Rigging your lures weedless greatly decreases the odds you’ll get snagged, but there are some caveats to consider.
The two main ways to rig your lures weedless are:
- Using hooks with a weed guard
- Using a wide gap hook and strategically placing the hook to make the rig weedless.
In this video, I’m going to break down the pros and cons of each of these weedless rigs.
Let’s dive in!
Weed Guards vs. Weedless Hooks [VIDEO]
You can get the hooks I mentioned from our shop here:
Under docks, among mangrove roots, and in seagrass are some of my favorite types of spots to catch fish.
And to fish this structure effectively, it’s so much easier if your lure is rigged weedless.
Here are two ways to do that:
Using Hooks With Weed Guards
- When you get a strike, the lure doesn’t get torn up as much, so it’ll last longer
- You don’t need to reposition the lure as much, you just need to set the weed guard back in place after you get a strike (if you’re using a metal weed guard)
- Best for fishing deeper water (jig heads with weed guards are front-weighted)
- The weed guard can sometimes get stuck on the hook and decrease your hookup ratio
- If the weed guard breaks off, you’re left with an exposed hook
Using Wide Gap Hooks
- Hookup ratio is better than when using a weed guard
- You can get a better hookset because the lure can slide out of the way and you can get more of the hook in their mouth
- Work best when fishing shallow water
- The lure doesn’t last as long because it’s getting ripped through the point every time you get a strike
- You need to reposition the lure after every cast
- If you use a bait that’s too big for the hook, you might not have much clearance between the lure and the hook and that can decrease your hookup ratio
Whenever you’re fishing structure, it’s always best to rig your lure weedless.
I prefer using weedless hooks in the shallows, while I know Luke has had a lot of success using jig heads with weed guards when he’s fishing docks.
You can get the hooks I mentioned in this video from our shop here:
What do you prefer?
Have any questions about rigging your lures weedless?
Let me know in the comments.
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