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i hit a lake with a  friend last week and he shared a rig that i had never seen before  "seza" rig, a  cross between a  reverse texas and a jig style setup.  its weird but ill do my best to describe it, if some part is unclear let me know.  

first off as forenote, you need to make your own custom weight for this application, this is how i did it.  i took a small gauge wire that i recycled from guitar strings (0.011 gauge) ( the wire must be strong enough as not to bend when you insert it into the plastic bait).  cut off about 4 inches.  i bent the wire to resemble a horseshoe, but the ends remained straight as opposed to the slight outward bend.  i inserted this wire straight end first to the backside of a bullet weight.  as the straight ends came out the tip of the weight i bent them outward as not to pull trough the weight.  (this now gives you a bullet weight with a small wire hoop protruding from the rear of the weight, wire bent at the tip to keep the wire from pulling out.)  

Next the plastic: we were using 4 inch crawfish style plastics.  we pinched off the last 1 inch of the tail  then pointed the hoop of the wire on the weight slightly to insert into the plastic easier and not tear through the sides.  insert the hoop into the bait,  it should penetrate about a 1/2 inch.  note the depth, then remove.  thenfrom the head of the plastic (the claw end) insert the hook (we used 3/0 hooks because of our type of craws) texas style into the craw, however, before inserting the hook throught the tail portion, re-insert the weight so the hook will pass through  the hoop as you bring the hook through. (it may take a time or two to get it right) then rig weedless.  you now have what looks like as reverse texas rig.  ( the line now comes from the head, while the weight remains at the tail giving a more true crawfish image while giving a better hookset postion ( imo)  this is a clever Japanese adaptation of a texas rig.  it worked well for me ( i caught about 10 fish b/t 12-15 inches in 2 hours.  my partner caught double  what i did).  we were fishing timber, and areas covered by floating debris ( a regular t-rig brought down the debris with the bait)  we were also using 10# yo-zuri hybrid, with not a single rig lost!

has anyone heard of this? if so how did it work for you?  

if not please enjoy a japanese secret! i have dubbed it the ITO (Yukihiro Ito) RIG after the friend who showed it to me.

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Back in the early 80's myself and a friend had a bass in a tank in our tackle shop. We took a creme worm and rigged a florida rig screw weight and screwed it in the head of the worm and texas rigged the worm backwards. we watched it in the tank and noticed that the tail was postioned straight up and when you shook the bait the tail wagged. We later used it in spawning beds and worked like a charm. I talked about the rig on this forum on one of my posts. Great name I like it

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how do you texas rig somthing backwards? also would it still be weedless this way?

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About where the egg sack is on a worm start there and turn your hook  over after you push it through and push it back into the worm to make it weedless. You want the bend of the hook about a inch above the screw in weight.

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chris, i have never seen the screw in weights, do they stay put?  

with the rig i mentioned i just like how everything stays together.  however, i would have my doubts on the effectiveness of the rig on larger plastics.  nice to hear your response, thanks.

Kana

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Someone needs to post a pic of the thing on here because I am having a hard time getting it  you are taking a bait like a craw and rigging it from the front texposed with a weight on the back end (butt) of the craw screwed in?

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it sounds like a good idea, but i dont know exactly how to make it.  a pic would be great!!!!

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i want a picture too

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sorry it took so long to get pics.

go to photobucket.com  

in the search area type:  scottkanasugi

you will find 6 pics of ther reverse t-rig as i have described.  sorry about the quality of the pics but you should get the general idea.

the plastic in the pic is a 3 inch craw, i used a 3/0 hook, and the smallest bullet weight i had.  the wire was a sandwhich bag twist tie (yes they work and are dirt cheap!)the line is hard to see coming from the head, sorry.  if you have questions let me know.

kana

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Thanks for the pics, Kana.

That's a craw in that pic? The japanese have some weird looking craws!  ;D

That rig really works, huh? I'll have to try it out sometime.

Thanks again for the tip.

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Its a japanese plastic by ecogear called bug/ants in the 3inch craw.  the scent is extreme, and very durable, but almost 10 bucks for a pack of 6.  i dont recall seeing them stateside.

Kana

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