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Have You Heard Of The : "Free Rig" ?

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A newer set up for pitching to docks , structure , weed lines, etc.  as well as an alternative for stroking a jig is the : "Free Rig" ... All that is needed is a 1/8th ~ 3/8th oz. dipsy sinker , 8mm bead , hook and soft plastic of your choice : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3Ab1qWTV7Bk .

 

*So , what do you guys  think ?

 

**Hey Glenn - How about a video with your west coast perspective on the Free Rig ?

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How is that different than a non pegged t-rig or a knocker rig? Oh yeah, it uses a different sinker and a bead, gotta have a new "technique" name. Something else "new" that isn't. 

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1 hour ago, BassWhole! said:

How is that different than a non pegged t-rig or a knocker rig? Oh yeah, it uses a different sinker and a bead, gotta have a new "technique" name. Something else "new" that isn't. 

From what I see - you get more distance from the soft plastic  / faster weight slide with the dipsy weight used this way then a bullet weight ... Besides ,  it came from Japan / Korea where fishing pressure is high and you need an edge (Shin Fukae - Bassmaster Elite / MLF Pro has talked about it on video) ... Shin is cool and is obviously a good , innovative stick - if it works for him then it's worth a try . 

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1 hour ago, BassWhole! said:

How is that different than a non pegged t-rig 

That's kind of what I was thinking...I guess to be fair, maybe it gets a little more separation since the line should move with less friction through the dipsey sinker...but that's being generous...and does it come through cover as good as a bullet? Interesting, thanks for posting.

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Let's string some junk up before the hook, and call it something.  What issue does this solve?  What new problems does it create?  It's basically a catfish rig without the swivel stop. 

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@J Francho, lol  those Googans really riled you up didn't they...

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How much does it cost? 

 

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You could bundle it up, start a YouTube channel and charge $9.99 + shipping and handling. :P

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54 minutes ago, J Francho said:

You could bundle it up, start a YouTube channel and charge $9.99 + shipping and handling. :P

Comes with a free roll of Flex Seal Tape® just pay separate S&H...

Hunter Ellis will deliver it personally...

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The bass will totally see that sinker....better use 4lb fluoro and a BFS casting setup.

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Oh my salty people!!!  LOL!  Hey @ChrisD46, go catch a state record with this rig and show these Grumpier Old Men what's what. 

 

What a crowd today!  The Flex Seal Tape was good but I'm disappointed that no one mentioned the Shake Weight.  Now I'm headed out with an 8/0 hook and a bag of chili cheese dogs to catch my PB.  I don't care what you think.  

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4 minutes ago, BigAngus752 said:

The Flex Seal Tape was good but I'm disappointed that no one mentioned the Shake Weight.

It's a family friendly site. 😜

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*I'm just throwing it out there (no pun intended) ... You got the Neko Rig , then the Tokyo rig , now the Free Rig ... I don't know - maybe more separation between weight and soft plastic , maybe you capitalize on that slow ,  trailing drop of the soft plastic the last 12" after the dipsy weight hits bottom .  I have a variety of dipsy weights , soft plastics and extra rod and reels with FC loaded to experiment to my hearts content here in Georgia's 100 degree heat / 70% humidity days  until I go delirious OR catch a personal best Large Mouth or Spotted bass ... You never know until you try it .

 

*J Francho - I'm waiting for the other shoe to drop with Tom chiming in : "Oh ,  we already  tried that technique  up at Clear Lake in the early 1970's ... It doesn't work - send all of your 8mm glass faceted round beads and dipsy weights to me so I can dispose of them properly (lol !!) ... J Francho , A-Jay , Tom , etc. you guys have forgotten more than I'll ever know about bass fishing  - rock on !

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Carolina rig with a bell sinker.... original. Did I see a googan squad ad flash on my screen during that video ?  Made me turn it off 

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13 hours ago, ChrisD46 said:

*J Francho - I'm waiting for the other shoe to drop with Tom chiming in : "Oh ,  we already  tried that technique  up at Clear Lake in the early 1970's ...

I literally LOL'd.

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Looks like a tokyo/texas rig hybrid. Would probably catch fish but I don't see an advantage over the aforementioned rigs.

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Interesting rig - I don't see the purpose of this over a worm weight but I now have a use for all those bell sinkers I have laying around

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Shin Fukae has a university show about the free rig where he explains it in more detail ... *I don't know - maybe you have to be Shin Fukae to fish it well ?

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1 hour ago, ChrisD46 said:

Shin Fukae has a university show about the free rig where he explains it in more detail ... *I don't know - maybe you have to be Shin Fukae to fish it well ?

OK, yes, yes. That is the greatest rig ever invented, and it will help us all catch more fish. Thank you for bringing it to our attention. :)  (everybody else just smile and nod)

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2 hours ago, ChrisD46 said:

Shin Fukae has a university show about the free rig where he explains it in more detail ... *I don't know - maybe you have to be Shin Fukae to fish it well ?

I found the video..its around 5 mins. The premise behind it is to let it fall on slack line next to cover so that it will fall vertically. He said a Texas rig will pendulum away from cover more. Not sure I'm buying it, a TRig falling on slack line falls pretty straight down, especially if you strip off some line on deeper cover. But that was his take. But I do have some Dipsey weights that I drop shot with, I might give it a try. I remember the day I reluctantly tried the Ned rig, it worked out pretty good.. :)

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11 hours ago, BassWhole! said:

OK, yes, yes. That is the greatest rig ever invented, and it will help us all catch more fish. Thank you for bringing it to our attention. :)  (everybody else just smile and nod)

Slow your roll there Bass Whole ! You would probably laugh at stories of the Cali guys hand stitching split shot rigs when people thought they were nuts - yet they produced ! ... Fishing pressure in Japan is off the charts , so these guys coming here operate in a different orbit than we do when it comes to new techniques that look odd to us ... Hey - the drop shot looked pretty darn odd to most of us when it started getting exposure  (except the Cali guys like Tom back when it was called the "down shot" rig ) ... I'll always listen and am willing to try something new which might catch bass !

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2 hours ago, ChrisD46 said:

Slow your roll there Bass Whole ! You would probably laugh at stories of the Cali guys hand stitching split shot rigs when people thought they were nuts - yet they produced ! ... Fishing pressure in Japan is off the charts , so these guys coming here operate in a different orbit than we do when it comes to new techniques that look odd to us ... Hey - the drop shot looked pretty darn odd to most of us when it started getting exposure  (except the Cali guys like Tom back when it was called the "down shot" rig ) ... I'll always listen and am willing to try something new which might catch bass !

LOL. Folks have been "drop shotting" in the salt since like when boats were powered by sails. Something else that wasn't new when it was. 

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13 hours ago, ChrisD46 said:

Hey - the drop shot looked pretty darn odd to most of us when it started getting exposure

Split shot rigs were called "fishing on the bottom."  A drop shot rig was called "fishing off the bottom."  A "Carolina rig" was just a catfish rig with a brass weight and a bead.  Call me cynical, but we didn't need the Japanese to invent rigs, though they are far better at coming up with clever names and marketing them.

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This looks really similar to a lindy or roach rig, except they have a swivel that keep the free slidin sinker a little bit distant from the bait.

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