How To Create a Stinger Hook Rig

Short strikes occur all the time, by adding a stinger hook to your lures you will eliminate the short strikes and help to put more fish in the boat. Stinger hooks are created by attaching a short section of Dacron, Kevlar or Spectra braided material to a hook which creates a loop that is a lure. Stinger hooks can be added to almost all. By adding a stinger hook to the eye of the jig you can catch more of those short strike bites. J style hooks are traditionally used for stinger hooks but most hooks can be used if matched to the lure they are to be used on. Below is how I create a stinger hook rig, I used an 8/0 hook for illustration but the steps are the same for all sizes of hooks.

Here's How I Do It

Step 1: Begin by assembling the equipment needed. To create this stinger hook rig we are using: Eagle Claw L1182 hooks in 8/0, 500-pound Spectra and Kevlar braid material (from Western Filament), Solid rings, 335-pound Wolverine Triple ring split rings, Donnmar cutting pliers, Big iron jigs, Super Glue, Heat shrink tubing and 30 inches of  7Strand #4 single strand wire folder to create a wire loop
Step 2: Cut a 12 strand of the Spectra or Kevlar braid material (I am using the Kevlar material because it is yellow and shows up better in the photos) and fold in half. This will create a two to four inch loop depending on how you tie it to the hook. Vary the length of the braid material to get the correct length of looped material for your lure. I personally like the stinger hook to be no longer than 1/3 of the total length of the lure that I am adding the stinger hook to.
Step 3: While holding the ends of the braid material together create a standard Overhand knot.
Step 4: Bring the loop through the circle again, this begins to create a Double Overhand knot.
Step 5: Pull the ends of the braid material until the knot loops roll over but do not cinch it down tight, allowing the knot to stay open.
Step 6: Insert the eye of the hook into the open Double Overhand knot with the open loop facing away from the hook point.
Step 7: Use pliers to tighten the Double Overhand knot onto the hook shank and slide the knot up against the hook eye.
Step 8: If the hook eye is large enough, insert the braided loop through the eye of the hook.
Step 9: Add a liberal amount of Crazy Glue (Follow all safety instructions provided by the manufacturer and ensure that you are in a well ventilated area) to the Double Overhand knot this will seal it and lock it in place. Allow the Crazy Glue to dry thoroughly.
Step 10: Cut a section of heat shrink tubing that will cover the Double Overhand knot and at least that same length beyond the hook eye. Using a low heat source heat the heat shrink tubing until it no longer shrinks. ** Follow all safety instructions provided by the manufacturer and ensure that you are in a well ventilated area. ** Your stinger hook is now complete. You can add it to the front eye of a lure or store these out of the sun and attach as needed.
Step 11: To attach the stinger rig to the front eye of a lure, insert the loop through the eye of the lure.
Step 12: Bring the hook through the braid material loop that you just inserted into the eye of the lure.
Step 13: Tighten the loop by pulling the hook as tight as possible. This will create a cow hitch around the lure eye. You can also add the stinger hook rig to hook shanks using the same method.
Step 14: Here is a big iron jig with a stinger hook attached. This is a large jig for large fish but the steps are the same no matter how big the lure is.

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The High Points.....

  • Cut the dacron/kevlar material
  • Insert the material into itself
  • Tie the rig onto the hook shank
  • Add a split ring and attach the rig to a lure