Stiff Bottom Bait (Print)
Stiff IQ Fluorocarbon is essential in tying this unique presentation.
Cut 10 inches or so of the fluorocarbon and tie a hair loop in the end.
Thread on your chosen hook bait and secure it with a hair stop.
Now slide a Longshank X hook onto the link.
Slide the hook up the link until it sits just under the bait, like this.
Making the first turn away from the eye closeure, begin to whip the hook on.
Whip right up the shank, knotless knot style.
Once you've whipped 18 or so times, whip three times back along the barrel of the knot, securing it.
Push the IQ back through the eye and complete the knotless knot. The three extra whips prevent the knot from springing apart.
This is how the rig should now look.
Mould some Dark Matter putty around the mono, two inches from the hook eye.
Double over the other end of the link and slide a swivel on, like this.
Form an overhand knot using the doubled loop - this is the beginning of the palomar knot.
Take the loop over the other eye of the swivel and pass the swivel though completely.
Thoroughly moisten the knot and tighten it down.
That's the stiff bottom bait rig done.