Everything you need to know to build, modify and fish the Tokyo rig

3 Reasons the Tokyo Rig will Change Bass Fishing

Spring 2019


Add any weight(s) of your choice to the rigid wire and make an “r” bend with pliers to secure the weights.

With the Tokyo rig, the bass bites the bait and the weight is held out of the way its mouth. No chance of the weight hitting the mouth, forcing it open and causing a lost fish.

WIRE: Below that, on the welded ring is a rigid wire. On top of the wire is a built-in two-way swivel that lets the wire spin 360 degrees. “The wires vary in length,” said Iaconelli. “The VMC Tokyo rig is a nice middle-of-the-road length – probably about four-inches; but you can modify to a shorter length, depending on how you far up you want it to sit. Just take a pair of nips and cut it to your desired length.”

WEIGHT On the end of the rigid wire is an open end to add a weight “This is where it all opens up,” said Ike. “Traditionally, here there is a Tungsten worm weight. But you can put whatever weight you want, and you can rig it however you want. You can put one weight with the point

up or face it down, depending on the cover. You can put two opposing each other so there is a point up and a point down. You can put two with bead. You can use a Tungsten barrel weight or a Tungsten football head. You can use anything that has an open end to thread on as a weight.”

WEIGHT TIP: Once you pick your weight(s), use needle- nose pliers to make to put a bend-back in the wire and secure the weight in place.

“The beauty of the rig is that you can change that weight setup on the fly,” added Ike. “Maybe you’re fishing shallow in the morning and you have a 1/4-ounce weigh on; but as the day goes on, you want to get deeper, you just unbend the

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