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EFTTEX Awards 2017

The EFTTEX Best New Product Awards 2017

The winner of the EFTTEX Best New Accessory Award in 2010, Patrick Sébile, has developed a new weighted rig that is perfect for swimbaits and can be used with a variety of soft plastic artificial baits (grubs, worms, slugs, minnows, shads, plastic eels, curly tails, double tails and more) as well as natural dead baits in fresh or saltwater.

Part of the Sébile Soft Weight System family, the Swimbait Rig uses removable weights made of a tungsten rubber compound that can be twisted on or off over the barb onto the hook shank. It means you can add soft weights to almost double the total weight of the Swimbait Rig.

Each weight you add will stay where you place them. Thanks to this, says Sébile, the angler can easily and quickly change the effective weight, the castability, the rate of fall and the running depth of any bait. And by positioning the weights at different spots on the hook, you can fine-tune the preferred diving angle, the falling motion and the swimming action – on a cast-by-cast basis if need be.

Of all the rigs known to anglers, only the Soft Weight System gives you such flexibility, claims Sébile, adding: “And now we have raised the bar with the Swimbait Rig for artificial and natural bait rigging.

“What will make a huge difference in the number of fish hooked is that the Swimbait Rig hook point is opened up by 15 degrees. With the typical hook point that’s hidden in a soft plastic bait, it is well known that you miss a number of fish. Now, with the hook point angled up and already poking outside of the bait, it is ever-ready and easy to hook even light strikers.”

The 15-degree open wide gap hook point is not meant to be hidden in the bait. The Swimbait Rig has a treble, so it is not made to be weedless. It is designed to fish open water and to probe the outside edges of grass, near trees, brush or rocks, explains Sébile.

A strong hook hanger wire is welded to the wide gap hook shank and a fixed weight is molded permanently on the front part of the hook shank. A strong split ring and treble hook are attached to the welded wire ring.

“If you fish in a place where the bottom is a bit snaggy, then you can clip the downward-facing tine (point) off the treble hook, which will help make your Swimbait Rig more snagless,” he adds. “The remaining two upward tines will nestle closely against the bait’s belly acting like a weedless double hook. In very snaggy areas, you can easily remove the split ring and treble hook temporarily from the wire eye, and reattach it when you’re fishing open water again.”

Both single and treble hooks are manufactured to the highest standards for quality, sharpness and strength on a par with the very best hooks on the market today, adds Sébile. The premium black nickel finish on both single and treble hooks provides dependable corrosion resistance in fresh or saltwater, while the smooth, hard finish helps maintain sharpness and superior penetration. “Sometimes on a light bite, that can make all the difference between the one that gets away and the one an angler can brag about for a lifetime!”

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