April 20, 2021

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The Chicken Rig

By Mike Iaconelli

 

The chicken rig is basically a weedless version of the Neko rig. It’ll let you fish this deadly bait set up in almost any type of cover no matter how thick or nasty.

The parts I use to build it are simple and straightforward. I start with a VMC Finesse Neko Hook.  I like the No. 1 or 1/0 size with the bait Ill recommend in a minute but you can go up or down depending upon the size of the bait youre using.

VMC Finesse Neko Hook
VMC Finesse Neko Hook

The Finesse Neko Hook is perfect for a chicken rig. Its super-sharp, the shank is just the right length and it has a couple of fluorocarbon barbs on it to hole the bait in place.

VMC Half Moon Wacky Weight
VMC Half Moon Wacky Weight

My weight is a VMC Half Moon Wacky Weight. Its a nail weight with a kind of nub on the end. I generally prefer the 1/16-ounce size, but if Im fishing deeper Ill go as heavy as 3/16-ounce. It just depends. Stick it in the fat end of the Flute and push it into the dimple. Make sure its straight into the center of the worm. Thisll make the weight flat with the plastic.

Berkley Powerbait Flute Worm
Berkley Powerbait Flute Worm

A Berkley Powerbait Flute Worm is my go-to bait. Its fat on one end and has a thin, straight tail on the other. It also has a series of three ribs on it thatll help you rig a chicken rig correctly. It comes in three sizes. I usually start with the 5 .7-inch size and then go down or up as necessary.

My color choices vary. I try to match the hatch as much as possible but I also make sure that the fish can see the bait. They dont have a lot of time to strike it so I want to help them as much as possible.

The Chicken Rig
The Chicken Rig

I thread the hook about two-thirds of the way down the worm and Texas rig it. I use the ribs as a marker. Its important to keep the hook in line with the bait. You can twist the worm around the shank of the hook to help. A perfectly straight, in-line hook placement will give you a natural action and help avoid line twist.

This rig will drop the plastic down at an angle, but no two falls will be exactly the same. When its on the bottom the worm will stand straight up. Just a little rod shake will make the tail wiggle.  Itll look exactly like the real thing.

Im not going to cover tackle right now because so much of it varies by where youre fishing and how big the fish are that you expect to catch. That said, this is a finesse presentation so I use spinning tackle. And, as you know by now, I use Abu Garcia rods and reels exclusively and I never use any brand of line other than whats made by Berkley. Im a professional. I only use the very best.

Abu Garcia IKE Finesse Series Spinning Rod & Abu Garcia REVO IKE Spinning Reel
Abu Garcia IKE Finesse Series Spinning Rod & Abu Garcia REVO IKE Spinning Reel

Its a little difficult to make things clear about the chicken rig in a blog so Ill give you one more tip. Go to my YouTube channel and watch the video I filmed in the shop. Thatll help with the details. (Subscribe while youre there, so you get all the good stuff automatically.  Its free.)

Theres really not much else to say about the chicken rig. Like I said before, its a super effective, weedless version of the Neko rig. Try it the next time you want to fish one in heavy cover. Youll be amazed at how efficient it is under tough conditions.

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Ike In The Shop - The Chicken Rig
Ike In The Shop – The Chicken Rig

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By: Mike Iaconelli
Title: The Chicken Rig
Sourced From: blog.mikeiaconelli.com/2020/01/the-chicken-rig/
Published Date: Fri, 17 Jan 2020 16:00:00 +0000

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