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Don Moorman, Swimbait Trophy Bass Hunter, shows us the Double Hudd Rig (continued)
 

Moorman has been fishing this rig since the 6 inch Hudds were introduced and has caught many quality fish on a number of different lakes. Though not designed specifically for targeting multiple fish the rig is so effective that there have been multiple occasions where Moorman has actually hooked and landed fish on both Hudds at one time.

 


Key to this rig is the use of two Hudds with different fall rates, notice how they are marked on the tails 

He explained that the first fish is set on just like any other swimbait fish, but with the weight on the line it really isn’t possible to set properly into the second fish so when you feel the weight increase, know that another fish and keep that rig moving back to the boat as quick as you can! How many times have you hooked a bass on any bait, and seen followers trying to snatch that bait away from your catch? This rig is designed to give those chasers something to eat, and we can imagine nothing beats a double hookup on a single rod.


Schooling Hudds! With the double rig the swimbaits can be fished slow and deeper or fast and higher up. The faster they are retrieved the tighter they swim together

All of the rod’s on Moorman’s deck were GS-C-711H Okuma rods (7’11” Heavy Power), and he was using them to toss everything from single 6” Hudds to the massive 3:16 Armageddon. “As long as the rod can toss them, it’s all good. I’m more worried about getting that big fish in than the finessing the baits. As long as I can finesse them some I am more worried about being able to deal with the head shaking of those big fish and an underpowered rod just won’t help you deal with that.” Moorman said.


Don's bait gets slapped by a small female

Moorman commented, “You know when I first started fishing swimbaits I thought the rod grips were so long, but now, just recently I’ve been thinking a few extra inches would be nice on these rods.”

 
A shot through the polarized lens shows the point extending outwards and a long shallow area. Don parks the boat alongside the shallow point and casts the rig out towards the deep and retrieves

Moorman continued to work the bank and as we came around the corner of a point he positioned the boat closer and closer to the bank and pointed outwards. “I land a lot of swimbait fish by positioning the boat shallow and casting out deep crawling my baits back towards the boat.

 
A close up of the hardware

I learned this by seeing big fish chase bait from out deep up towards the shore where they’d just smash’em! Big fish like to use the shallow water and trap the bait against the bottom.” Moorman then worked us along the shore up towards a point and followed the point out into deeper water then stopped and explained in this situation, he likes to fan cast a variety of baits starting with Hudds to target the bottom, then topwater baits including some self modified 3:16 modified 2-ups and stock Baby Wakes. The 2-up is originally a sinking bait, but Moorman has modified a few of his by taking them apart and removing the weights to make them floaters.


Not exactly one of Don's trophy catches but at least the skunk is off the boat

Next Section: Sling those swimbaits!

 

 

   

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