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Old 04-28-2009, 04:11 PM   #1
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how would you rig a cig to troll on a little trolling rig. since they dont have the beaks like ballyhoo how would you keep them swimming straight?
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Old 04-28-2009, 04:32 PM   #2
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Default RE: rigging a cig for trolling

if you got it to swim straight for ten feet it would be washed out. get a plastic one....
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Old 04-28-2009, 04:51 PM   #3
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Default RE: rigging a cig for trolling

They do wash out pretty quick. But I've hooked em behind a 1oz bucktail jig w/ a stinger treble for kings before. Seemed all white or chartreuse worked the best.

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I have luck keeping them upright two ways. One way is to get a jighead with a very short shank hook designed for use with ribbonfish like those made by sea striker. Several local shops including ours carry them. You just rig a stinger to the jighead like you would a regular stinger rig. The other way is to punch out the eyes of the cig like you would a ballyhoo and attach a small egg weight with floss (below). You run the floss through both eyes and then slide both tag ends through a 1/8-1/4 oz. egg weight beneath the throat of the cig. Bring the tag ends back behind both gill plates and tie the tag ends together on top of the head with a series of square knots. This way only takes about 30 seconds longer once you've practiced it and usually is the best way for me to keep one from spinning. I'm slow in the shop so I drew this very rough sketch, don't make fun of me.

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Old 04-28-2009, 05:42 PM   #5
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Since it's fairly easy to get them live(edit: in the right season!), just put a hook through it's nose...slow troll them and they'll swim right along with you. People use that method alot for kings, but it works just as well around grass/floating debris for dolphin, etc.
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Default RE: rigging a cig for trolling

specslayer, were you talking about live cigs or just dead ones?
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Default RE: rigging a cig for trolling

either, i know if i can get live ones id just hook them through the nose but i was mostly just wondering about dead ones.
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Thats kinda what I thought, cause what I showed will make them dead in no time!
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Old 04-28-2009, 06:13 PM   #9
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This is what I use when using frozen/dead cigar minnows. Works pretty good....





Poke a hole in the top of the minnow about where the "clip" would keep the head in the corner, then stick the "clip" down throught the hole and bottom of the gills and secure on the main line. Then insert hook into the belly. You can add a trailing hook if desired. Then slide the skirt over.



This has worked well for me surface or down rigger trolling....
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Old 04-28-2009, 06:36 PM   #10
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The good ole "safety pin rig". I like that one too, don't know why I don't use it more often.
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