Fin Junkie Tackle Haywire Rigs
The Haywire Rigs, from Fin Junkie Tackle, are eight-arm umbrella rigs designed to simulate a school of shad in a more natural manner than your standard umbrella rigs. Following the initial craze of the umbrella rigs, anglers began to desire something new, something different than the uniformity provided by your typical looking umbrella rig. Fin Junkie Tackle, a company of fishermen themselves, engineered an umbrella rig that more accurately mimicked the schools of shad bass feed upon. Their Haywire Rig utilizes 8 wires of varying lengths in order to present a more realistic school of baitfish, more tightly concentrated than the 5 wire - distinctly spread versions. This modification gives big fish an easier target to focus on as they can now almost guarantee they will get at least one of the shad from the tightly formed bait ball.
What's really neat about the Haywire Rig is that anglers can now place their hooked baits at the back of the formation - this has been the more productive setup for a few reasons. First, the hooked baits are now easiest for the fish to get allowing more hook-ups on strikes. Additionally, because the larger swimbaits are in the back of the pack, it gives fish more incentive to attack what appears to be an easy meal of the bigger shad as stragglers behind the pack. Some anglers have also said they believe it creates a two-tiered feeding cycle as if the larger forage were preying upon the smaller triggering an instinctual feeding of nearby predators. Whatever the reason, the 8-wire design has become the most popular for fishermen across the country.
When rigging the Fin Junkie Haywire Rig is very important to use a particular setup to get the best results out of the technique..With that in mind, the first 5 wires extending from the head are all going to be dummy baits - attached using the Owner CPS Spring Locks or Picasso Dummy Heads if you desire your rig to sink quicker or be fished deeper. As you examine the Haywire rig, you'll notice the wires are staggered, start with the first two small wires: we suggest rigging the immediate 2 wires with smaller baits such as the Keitech 2.8 Fat Swing Impact. The next three are best fished with a slightly larger bait - sticking with the Keitech brand and using the 3.8 Swing Impact Fat model. Lastly, your three remaining wires, the furthest from the line tie, are your actual baits with hooks - we like the Keitech 4.8 Fat Swing Impact for these. The Keitech baits swim well at any speed and are very conveniently sized for this presentation.
The Fin Junkie Tackle Haywire Rig is a great choice for all of your umbrella rig fishing. We also offer a bladed version of the Haywire Rig for those who desire more flash to the presentation.
Haywire Rig Accessories
As mentioned, here is the optimal setup as we would rig the Haywire Rig.
- Owner CPS Spring Locks - Medium (5)
- Strike King Squadron Swimbait Heads - 1/4 - 3/8oz (2)
- Keitech 2.8 Fat Swing Impact - (2) - Dummy Baits - No Hooks
- Keitech 3.8 Fat Swing Impact - (3) - Dummy Baits - No Hooks
- Keitech 4.8 Fat Swing Impact - (3) - Rigged