Meet the Tokyo Rig

I just finished up transcribing the tape for the top lures gallery that’ll go up on the site early this week. There is a first in the lineup. It’s the Tokyo Rig. At least three anglers are using the rig, including Patrick Walters, who is a frequent user of the pre-made VMC Tokyo Rig. Here’s the skinny on the rig.

The Tokyo rig takes a conventional rolling swivel, adds a wide gap hook to it, and then also extends a wire out from it. Some come with a weight already on that wire and the end bent to keep it from coming off. The VMC version comes without a weight — you add it according to the wind and depth conditions. A soft plastic trailer is added to complete the rig.

Guess again if you think a drop shot is more effective. Sometimes the changeup is just what the fish want, especially in pressured waters, like we have on the Kissimmee chain this week. The rig is at its best in submerged vegetation, like milfoil. All it takes is flipping the Tokyo Rig into the vegetation, let it rest and give it a shake.

Like anything else, look to see more of the Tokyo Rig as it gains more notoriety on the Bassmaster Tournament Trail.

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