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Upgrading the Head start Ballyhoo system for Billfish  Rating:  Rating
 
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 Posted: Sat Nov 3rd, 2012 07:00 am
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This is a unique system and I can see the advantages of a quick and effective rigging method for half beaks and other bait fish. I've seen them used for Mossbunker and apparently will work for Mackerel.

Off the shelf though, these are fitted with poor quality hooks and I don't trust the chains. The chains may be ok for general game fish but certainly not for bill fish. I want to use this for billfish, so I came up with this idea to rig with better quality hooks and rigging.

Bits and pieces I used:

250Lb carbon coated wire.
1.7mm copper sleeve
1.7mm double copper crimps
6mm beads (5mm would be better)
Heat shrink
250Lb swivel so I can pre-rig and simply clip it on. This is probably not necessary though.
Hook of choice. I'm going 7/0 Mustad 7732



Simply use the crimp to attach the hook one side.
On the cable, slide one copper sleeve on then the bead and another copper sleeve. But instead of crimping, I used the cutter of my pliers instead of crimping tool to just compress the centre of each crimp. Just enough so it doesn't move but I can wit a little force slide them up and down. This will allow the right length to be adjustable.




Fit the swivel if you choose and add a little heat shrink over the crimps.



This is how it fits.




 

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 Posted: Sat Nov 3rd, 2012 08:01 am
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This is a sleeker version.


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 Posted: Tue Nov 6th, 2012 06:25 am
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Excellent post Bennie. Thanks.

I really like the simplicity of the rig. How would you rig it up though and where can one get those bait swimmers?


Nic.

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 Posted: Wed Nov 7th, 2012 04:25 pm
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skipS192 wrote: Excellent post Bennie. Thanks.

I really like the simplicity of the rig. How would you rig it up though and where can one get those bait swimmers?


Nic.

Hi,
I recently imported some for me and other on the forum. I do however believe that there is tackle shops in Jozy that may have, not sure but I think Mias?

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 Posted: Thu Nov 8th, 2012 07:42 am
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Good post Bennie, the big question is - how fast can you pull them??

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dugongboy wrote: Good post Bennie, the big question is - how fast can you pull them??
Pretty quick. We pulled one at around 7 knots.

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Photobucket is now asking for payment for hosting. this is why the images are not showing.

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benniejordaan wrote:
Photobucket is now asking for payment for hosting. this is why the images are not showing.

so, whats wrong with you!!!
pay up or change pics!!!

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SL should pay up not Bennie...haha Photobucket isn't going to last long if its having to resort to extortion to turn a profit..

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Load of BS. Now I can barely access those photos.

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