First off let me say that The Sink-N-Fool bait is designed to fish on the drop with
NO action imparted by the fisherman. It has all the action it needs to catch fish. Fish it on a semi slack line on a weightless Texas rig or wacky rigged and watch your line very carefully. I only fish these weightless with a floating line so you can see when a fish takes the bait. When you cast in out you will see your line slowly moving away from you as the bait falls. If you see a little tick where your line shoots out faster about 3" or your line starts to go sideways, set the hook.Sink-N-Fool baits fall at about a rate of about 8" per second. Again if you watch your line and you know where you are fishing is 10 feet deep but the bait stopped falling after 3 seconds you know your bait only fell 2 ft in that 3 seconds so set the hook as a fish ate it and stopped the fall.

     The Sink-N-Fool is the perfect bait to "Fish on the Fall" around docks or any type of wood cover. It has more action on a dead fall than any other stick bait on the market guaranteed. This bait can look like it’s doing the Watusi as it falls. This has everything to do with the lures wide flat design, so it has a lot of water resistance and along with the super high salt content it makes this bait dance through the water. Picture a dry leaf falling through the air, as it arcs down, that's how the Sink-N-Fool falls in the water. Also through a special process, I have found away to get more salt in my baits than ANY other manufacturer yet keep the soft and full of action. As well as keep them as durable or a little better then your other popular sinking stick baits.

     I average about 3 to 5 fish on my "Sink-N-Fool" baits and with some creative rigging you can get 15 or more per bait. I always use the Fish-N-Fool Knot to tie on one of these baits because you’re going to hook into some big ole pigs and you don’t want to lose them. If you don't know how to tie the Fish-N-Fool Knot yet go to the knot page and watch the video. I only use a extra wide gap hook (EWG) that has the point of the hook in line with the hook eye. These are the only ones that work well for this or any other stick bait. My favorite is the Gamakatsu EWG Worm hook in a size 2/0, 3/0, 4/0and 5/0. I use the 2/0 or 3/0 for my 5” baits and the 3/0 to 5/0 for the 6” baits. If I want to fish on or near the surface I use a smaller hook and the bigger ones when fishing the baits in deeper water. I fish this on a weightless Texas or Tex-Posed style rigging almost all the time. Some guys have told me that had great success fishing them on the weighted EWG hooks as well.

     The Sink-N-Fool can be fished at different water depths according to how you rig it. I rarely fish the Sink-N-Fool bait with any added weight, except on a drop shot rig or when fishing rivers with current I add a split shot about 18" above the bait. It can be fished Top water, it can be fished as a jerk bait just under the surface, or it can be fish in deeper water, but 90% of the time the fish will eat it fished weightless on the fall.

     First I’ll talk about the Standard Texas rigging method, rigged this way the bait has a natural forward gliding horizontal wiggling that no other bait has! The farther forward you rig the hook the more it glides forward on the fall, the farther back you rig it the more action it has. As long as the hook point is still in the hook slot you can run the hook forward or back to get the action you like. This is one of the few baits that if you put just a little bow in the bait it make for a even larger wobble on the fall, It may cause it to spin on the retrieve, but the fish love this action. I just use braid so I don't need to worry about the line twist. The Sink-N-Fool lure is an excellent bait for skip casting as well. You can get back under docks, willow trees, brush, or anything you can’t cast overhand to. Using a spinning rod just keep the rod tip very low to the water and fling it hard at your target, try to land the bait just before the object your trying to skip under. If you have a good spinning set up with a light braid on it you can easily skip the bait 4 to 6 hops and get back 20 to 35 feet under cover. With this bait is rigged straight on a Texas rig or nose hooked it is a great jerk bait as well, with all the action any fluke has.
                                         
           The Standard Texas Rig                              Wacky Rigged with a piece of surgical tubing  

                

    1. For the standard Texas rig, you put the point of the hook into the very nose of the bait, run it down the middle about 1/2" till the bait starts to curl around the hook bend; and then turn the hook point to come straight out the bottom of the bait. There is a faint line on the bottom of the bait to help you find center. (The top side of the bait has the hook slot)

    Next pull the hook through and turn it 180 deg. till the Z bend in the shank just pops out and it pulls the hook eye and knot inside the nose of the bait. Lay the bait along side of the hook and measure the point that the back of the hook bend reaches to and pinch it with your thumb to mark the spot. Bend the bait up till you can put the hook point in that spot you have marked with your thumb and run it straight through the bait.
2. Now lay the hook point in the slot on the top of your bait. If you did it right it will look like this one on the above left. If your not fishing heavy cover or in the weeds this is all you need to do.
3. If you are fishing the weeds just push the bait forward at the hook point towards the hook eye, put the point of the hook in the bait slightly and pull back just skin hooking the point. Rigged this way it will remain weed less even in heavy cover. For a large wobbling free fall. Rig the bait exactly the same as about but move the hook back in the body about 3/4" and put a little curve like the top water rigged bait has below. This will produce a vertical fall with a ton of action. This is a great rig for fishing vertical ledges or weed lines. The photo above is what the bait should look like properly rigged. The baits shown in this picture are from a side view.

   2. One of the best ways to rig Sink-N-Fools is wacky and you can use up some of you torn up baits that are to bad to rig tex-posed anymore. Simply slide a piece of 3/8" or 1/2" surgical tubing half way up the bait. Then put the hook through the edge of the tubing catching a little of the bait by putting the hook in from the bottom and coming out the top. If your fishing in cover use a weed less type of hook as shown above. I use the owner weedless wacky hook in a 1/0 for fishing weeds or heavy cover and Gammy finesse hook in a 1/0 for fishing more open water. When rigged this way you get 5 times the life out of a bait.

    3. The next rig is how I fish this bait Top Water, but it also works well when the bait is fished on the fall as the curve in the bait makes for a HUGE! wobble on the fall, that can really trigger a fish into striking if conditions are tough. When fished topwater it is a VERY productive way to fish the Sink-N-Fool baits as well. Instead of starting the hook in at the nose of the bait you go in on the bottom side of the nose, push the hook point in about 1/2" and up towards the top of the bait. Now push the hook point straight down till it pops out about the 1/2" in back of the nose of the bait. Then rig the point like as in steps 2. and 3. above. If you have rigged this right it will look like this does below. Then just fish it with a medium retrieve as long as it stays on top It is important to start your retrieve the second the bait hits the water so it doesn't have any time to sink. I keep a high rod tip when fishing this method and give it a little pop with the rod tip on the retrieve, kind of like working a Spook type bait. The Sink-N-Fool will have a zig zag snake like action done this way that them big old hogs just love. I’ve had many monster fish come from over 50 ft away leaving a huge wake behind them to nail this rig. Fish will very often miss the bait when fished top water on the first strike, DO NOT set the hook till the fish takes the bait under the water and you feel the weight of the fish. They will most likely hit it again in a few feet or on the next cast when they miss if you don’t spook them.

You can drop shot the Sink-N-Fool baits with great success as well. I like to fish a whole 5" either nose hooked or wacky rigged or you can just fish the last 3" of the tail of a torn bait and nose hook them. That way you get twice the life from one bait. I like to nose hook them on a good dropshot hook, like the Gammy finesse hook in a 1/0. The proper way to nose hook a bait is to put the hook in from under the bait and bring the hook point up to but not quite out of the nose of the bait. This is how I rig all my Sink-N-Fool Baits on a drop shot and it works very well. This technique is a Smallie killer!! Love this color the "Chartreuse Pepper" for them as well. The Chartreuse Pepper, Green Shad, Bubble Gum and Earthworm are all great small mouth baits.

You can also Carolina rig them if you are fishing deeper water. When I Carolina rig I use a long leader so the bait can still have it's flutter fall fore the last 6 or so feet. I think this is very important that it has a weightless fall before it hits bottom. None of this is set in stone, but if you use these methods you will catch fish. But feel free to try other rigs and let me know what works for you. Please watch the video below for a better understanding of how to rig and fish the Sink-N-Fool on the basic Tex-Posed rig. And Please, email me pictures of any hogs ya get.

Tnx To all ; Rick Lawrence

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