Tokyo Rig 101 | Understanding the Basics

Jul 01, 2022 Fishing Tips

Bass fishing is hugely popular in Japan. Most tournaments take place in the same three lakes which commonly see over 1,000 contestants per event. Many of whom fish from shore in fairly clear, heavily pressured waters.

Bass quickly become educated to the wiles of an angler, and creativity is at a premium for those seeking to separate themselves from the crowd. It is from such competitive fire that the Tokyo rig was forged.

The Tokyo rig consists of a swivel which is connected to an EWG style hook via a split ring. From the ring hangs a short piece of wire to which a weight is attached. This rigging creates a separation from the weight and the lure--usually a creature bait or craw--rigged weedless on the hook.

Considered a power technique, this rigging method allows an angler to present the bait in heavy cover but still imparts a delicate, free-flowing action to the lure. For this reason, lures that have inherent flotation are often used on the Tokyo rig.

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