Today I would like to show you how to make this very versatile rig and discuss where you would use it. The Fixed BABY SHOES rig has been around for a very long time. I’m not too sure when or who came up with the idea of changing it into a sliding rig but it was pure genius.
Firstly the BABY SHOES SLIDING rig is much easier to make than its older brother the FIXED BABY SHOE rig. There is less Knott tying involved. I am sure that this alone has your attention. Where would one use such a rig you may ask. Well here is the Answer. When you are fishing a dam that has water grass you are going to find that you lose fish in that grass.
Most fishing RIG’s have two Hooks, this is standard rig basic’s. Now what happens is that you always have a trailing HOOK. One hook is in the fish’s mouth and the other is dangling along for the ride back to shore. Now this Trailing HOOK is the main culprit when it comes to the loss of your fish in the grass.
You Need to understand that keeping the tension on the line between you and fish is very important. Once you have no tension the fish can easily eject the hook. Now your trailing hook will become snagged up on the grass. You feel there is Problem and walk into the dam keeping the tension on the line. But what you are actually doing is keeping the tension between you and the grass. The other hook that the fish is on is now the trailing hook and he will in most cases eject the hook.
To overcome this from happening you need to insure that the trailing HOOK is out of the way. The BABY SHOES SLIDING RIG does this in the most simplistic way. Take a look at the Picture of the rig and note what has been used in the construction.
WHAT IS NEEDED?
1x BARREL SWIVEL
1x GUMMY STOP.
Rule of thumb for rig building is as follows. If your main line on the reel is 12 pound and your LEADER LINE is 20 pound. Use 20 pound line to construct the LEAD runner. The LEAD RUNNER is the line between the 2x swivels that the SINKER slides up and down on.
Place a bead above and below the sinker on the line. This will protect the knots when the sinker slams against the swivels. Now when it comes to the HOOK LINKS ( the Line that the hooks are attached to) you must select a POUNDAGE that is under your mainline. So go for 10 pound hook link line.
Method in my madness. I am in the Business of catching FISH and not in pumping led into water. If you become snagged up and need to pull hard on the line to get it released, then the hook link line will break and you will still have your sinker. I would much rather lose 2 hooks than a whole rig. This is also a SAFETY RIG and again I would rather have a fish with one hook in its mouth and not a whole rig trailing behind it if there should happen to be a failure on my leader.
Take a piece of 10 pound Line and tie your hook onto one end and slip a bead onto the line. Now feed the line through the first eye of the swivel. Slide your gummy stop onto the open end of the line and pull it down about half way. Now feed the open end of the line through the 2nd swivel loop. Feed another bead on and tie your hook on.
GUMMY stops can be purchased at just about any tackle shop.
Now you will notice that the gummy stop holds the line nice and firm so the line does not slide easily through the swivels. This is important! Once you have a fish one the line the line will get tension and one hook will be pulled up towards the sinker. While the other hook is in the fishes mouth.
The Gummy stop will prevent the other hook from becoming snagged as it will not be able to slide down. It also holds the hook in a position so that it won’t hook onto objects under water very easily. Now you will be able to bring the fish through the water grass without a trailing hook snagging up.
Friends this concludes the BABY SHOES SLIDING RIG. Till next time……
Tight Lines. JB