Skirted Treble Hooks
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Posted 25 December 2008 - 04:49 PM
Can't see exactly how it's done, but you can buy a rubber skirt holder called a "Cone Head" from Staminainc.com that does the same thing. It's designed to hold a skirt so you can run it down your fishing line in front of a jig or other lure, or in this case, slip it over the treble's shank.
Posted 25 December 2008 - 05:22 PM
I think that skirt is actually on the lure and not the hook. I have an off brand crankbait with the skirt on the tail and the lure itself has a jig-like collar molded right into the tail of the lure. That looks like it's on a long hanger or something though.
Northland Tackles on piece skirts work pretty well for skirting larger trebles easily. Tying your own with hair is pretty simple also.
Posted 25 December 2008 - 05:32 PM
The old lure called the "Hula Popper" has had a skirted tail for 50+ years. I agree that the skirt is on the bait and not the hook. Looks good to me.
Posted 26 December 2008 - 03:02 AM
Years ago I have made a few knock-offs of a small commercial topwater , that is supposed to attract the fish simply by rocking it on the surface to get the skirt pulsating .
Since the lurebody was turned on a lathe , I simply shaped a small round extension on the rear to push on the skirt and it worked pretty well .
If my memory serves me right , the old "Hula Popper" , that 21xdc mentioned , has such an extension on its tail as well .
When using screweyes(longest ones possible) to attach the rear hook , you might as well assemble a Plaster of Paris rivet head(eventually extend bore for the screweye to pass , when using smaller rivet) with the sreweye passing through , I have thought about that before , but never put it to practice .
After the lure is completely done , you can just push on your skirt onto that rivet head before hook assembly.
Make sure , that the potruding portion of the rivet head is long enough for your skirt to fit on .
You may cut the rivet shank to approbiate length or either countersink it a bit into the lurebody , glue in screweye and rivet with epoxy glue thoroughly !
The skirt won't fit over the wide rim of the rivet head , to minor its diameter just firmly chuck the rivets shank(before eventually shortening it !) into a drillpress and take a smaller file to remove a good portion of the outer diameter of that rim , just leaving it sufficiently small to prevent the skirt from sliding down .
File against turning direction , smoothen with a fine file and sandpaper .
good luck:yay: , diemai
Edited by diemai, 26 December 2008 - 03:14 AM.
Posted 26 December 2008 - 07:28 AM
Plaster of Paris rivets!
Genius never sleeps!
Posted 28 December 2008 - 01:46 PM
My dock frogs use them to look like legs.
I used the umbrella skirt things.
Posted 28 December 2008 - 02:37 PM
Actually, I saw the buzz bait rivets (minus the shank) in several tackle supply catalogs as a spacer to keep buzz bait blades separated; that should save the effort of having to remove the shank for each application.
Another possible means to add a skirt between a hard bait and a treble hook would to add a skirt body on a through wire connection. You would be able to replace the skirt by just taking the hook off; it could even be done on the boat if needed.