Surf Fishing in Southern California - SC Surf Fishing

How to Properly Rig a Grub

The MORF (Motoroil w/ Red Flake) grub is possibly the best artificial lure to use while surf fishing in Southern California. We'll talk a little bit about how to rig it up.

There are many ways to put that grub on your hook and they will all catch fish to some extent. Here's my favorite way and the reasons behind it.

Point the hook away from the tail.

Hide the shank - try to have as little of the shank showing as possible. Not too many natural baits have a piece of metal sticking straight out of its nose.

Point the hook away from the tail - That tail is going to be whipping all over the place in the surf zone. Keep it away from the hook point as much as possible. Notice how the bend in the hook is going in the opposite direction of the bend in the grub's tail. That will help the tail from getting stuck on the hook point.

Set the hook so it exits near the tail - Sometimes the perch are finicky and will hit the grub short. The closer it is to the tail, the more likely the hook is going into the fish's mouth. I've tested this numerous times by fishing with a friend who was nose hooking the exact same grub. We were getting a similar number of bites, but I was getting them to stick more.

There are definitely other rigging methods out there but I like this one the best. Let me know on the discussion page below if you think that other methods work better for you. I'll be happy to introduce it in another article.

Update - About nose hooking! - I've been experimenting more with the nose hooking method since I wrote this article. I've been using an Owner Mosquito hook (size 6) and hooking a 1.5" Kalin grub through the nose. There is a huge benefit to hooking grubs this way that I wasn't aware of. You go though about 1/3 of the amount of grubs than you would with the traditional method!

I've always been irritated by the number of grubs that get destroyed during an outing. I would easily go through about 10 on a good day (if not more!). Since switching over to nose hooking, I've been averaging 2 to 3 grubs per session.

You do want to make sure that the fish has really taken the grub before you set the hook when nose hooking. The difference in hook up ratio has not been as different as I originally thought. You do need to be aware and not try to set the hook on the tentative strikes. Experience will teach you when, and when not to, set the hook. A few adjustments in this area and I think that you can hook into just as many fish using the nose hooking method, and save a bunch of grubs in the process. I'm going to be exclusively nose hooking grubs from now on.

Article written by:
Tom Ito (aka Catfish)

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