Making assist hooks

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yak64
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Tue Dec 13, 2016 10:59 am

There seems to be a wealth of information on utube etc. on how to make your own assist hooks. I am looking at making small jigs 30g, 40g & 60g, so could be a holiday project....But I was wondering...

Is Kelvar cord the best option for attaching and what breaking strength is best?
Where is best(read quality and a good price) to purchase this cord from?
What type of hooks and size is recommended for the above size jigs.

Thanks for your help
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Thu Dec 15, 2016 5:57 pm

since i have to deal with coudas frequently i go with kevlar. weight wise i think i ordered 100lb last time, seems to work fine.

dunno bout hook size for your jigs but i am using 5/0 to 7/0 think they are live bait hooks.

got the cord from marine-deals. jig star, something like $10 for 4m of it.
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Thu Dec 15, 2016 9:16 pm

I've made assist hooks with cheap cord from Bunnings and it's fine. If baracoutta are a problem, you might get a bite off, but that's not necessarily a bad outcome :) I'm going to give some spare 100lb test braid a go for smaller jigs. Definitely more bang for your buck than kevlar cord.

As for hook sizes, for those size jigs, I'd go small. 1/0 or 2/0 livebait hooks. Look at what's on slow jigs of that weight, they are about this size.

Here's a pic from the archives. Bunnings cord, shrink tube and some crappy Black Magic hooks.

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Thu Dec 15, 2016 10:05 pm

For slow pitch jigs I use the heaviest cord that will go through the eye if the hook
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yak64
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Fri Dec 16, 2016 10:57 am

Thanks everyone for taking the trouble to reply... some good pointers and useful info... cheers

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Thu Dec 29, 2016 2:56 pm

Just to throw another one in the mix...

I use kevlar for my big jigs but for the small pitch jigs etc I've been using cheap 100lb braid. I haven't lost a fish yet BUT I tie my own assist hooks and I use cheap 1/0 and 2/0 Live Bait hooks now these hooks are sharp but they don't seem to last very long and honestly unless you wash and protect them after your fishing session when you come to use them next time they will be all rusted up so I now use cheap hooks, cheap braid to tie them and simply throw them away during clean up at the end of the day. ...
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Thu Dec 29, 2016 6:59 pm

I just realised I can use some heavy braid to fix all my ailing venetian blinds.

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