The Shot On The Hair Rig is basically a bottom bait rig with a small shot added to the hair to allow a pop-up hookbait to be used. This completely alters how the rig to reacts to how it would with a bottom bait. The hookbait is allowed to move more naturally due to it’s bouyancy and the length of the hair. The shot on the hair allows you to either critically balance or overweight the pop up hookbait. The nature of supple braid allows the hookbait to be picked up with minimal resistance and the pattern of the hook means the point hangs low below the hookbait helping it to grab hold. The simplicity of The Shot On The Hair Rig makes it easy to tie and it minimises the bulky components such as shrink tubing used on some rigs.
For the purpose of this demonstration I used the Korda Supernatural Hooklink, a Korda Kurv Shank Hook and a No.4 split shot. The shot size is determined by the size and bouyancy of your choosen pop-up, the bigger and more bouyant the pop-up the larger the shot. I found a No.4 shot to work perfectly with a 14mm Richworth Pineapple Hawaiian Pop Ups although it varies between different makes and types of pop-ups.
Cut 14″ of Korda Supernatural from the spool and tie a small overhand loop knot in one end.
Thread on your choosen pop-up and secure in place with a bait stop.
For this version of the rig pinch the shot onto the hooklink below the pop-up. This will give you a slow sinking hookbait which is almost critically balanced. We will show you an alternative version of this rig, which has the shot positioned differently, soon.
Thread the Korda Kurv Shank Hook onto the hooklink passing the braid though the back of the eye to the front and position the bait about 6mm from the top of the hook.
Now whip the hooklink up the shank of the hook 6-7 times and then pass the hooklink through the back of the eye to the front to finish the knot.
Double over the other end of the hooklink.
Then form a loop with the doubled over section of the hooklink.
Now pass the end of the doubled over section around the bottom and through the back of the loop created in step 7.
This creates the figure of eight, if you get this eight shape then you have done it right.
If you struggle with tying the knot then try this method. Alternative Figure of Eight Loop Knot.
Now gently tighten down the knot and trim the tag end.
The rig is now complete and ready to be attached to your lead setup.
The rig is best fished of with a small Dynamite Stick or PVA Mesh Bag thread down the hooklink over the hook to avoid tangles.