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How To Properly Rig a Big Hammer™ Swimbait
Step 1) Start by holding the jig head up to the swimbait as if it were rigged. Note where the hook should come out of the back of the swimbait.
Step 2) Using the point of the hook mark the back of the swimbait where the hook should come out.

Step 3) Hold the jig head up to the swimbait again, this time slightly forward. Note where the hook should enter the front of the swimbait so that the top of the swimbait is flush with the top of the jig head.

Step 4) Push the hook into the front of the swimbait slightly. Turn the swimbait so that you are looking directly at the back of the bait. Looking at the swimbait from this direction will help you rig it straight.

Step 5) Slide the swimbait on the jig head and stop just when the hook starts to come out of the mark you made in the back of the swimbait. If possible, do this in one motion as stopping and starting may cause crooked rigging. It is best to try and grab the swimbait where the hook has already gone through. This will help crooked rigging due to squeezing of the swimbait while rigging.

Step 6) Make a mental note of the distance between the back of the bait keeper on the jig head and the front of the swimbait. Remembering this distance will allow you to skip Step 2 the next time you are rigging a swimbait on that size jig head.
Step 7) Continue to push the swimbait on to the jig head. If you are planning to glue the swimbait to the jig head stop when the back of the jig head is about 1/8 of an inch from the front of the swimbait. Add a drop of glue and finish rigging.

Often customers ask, is it a good idea to glue swimbaits to the leadheads...
Plastics Without Glue - Your plastics tend to slide down the leadhead on a regular basis, sometimes with each cast.  This equals far fewer stirkes and fewer fish caught for the day.  Before glue became popular, we would just slide the bait back up, cast it out again, reel it in, and push it up again.... (never ending story).
Why the plastics slide without glue - This movement is from normal water drag, fish strikes, structure, etc...  Most of the time, when you plastic slides down, fish will not strike.  If a fish comes off, you usually will not get that second strike with a plastic that has slid (it just doesn't look natural).  So, basically you are wasting a lot of time and casts reeling in a non-natural looking bait. 
Reasons Why To Use Glue:
Your bait will last much longer
Your bait will look natural and not slide down the leadhead
You can throw it in/near structure without loosing the natural look of your bait
Your bait will continue to swim naturally after that first strike & hopefully get the fish on the 2nd strike!
Remember - the bigger the bait, the more likely your bait will slide.
Most importantly, fishing with a "natural" looking bait certainly beats fishing with a plastic that instantly slides down your leadheads...
We recommend and stock Zap-A-Gap as well as Tac-Glue.  One bottle will last you a very long time... This is a great & cheap investment for anyone that uses plastics.

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