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DYI ecogear ZX assist hook


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i love casting ZX for flatties and under schools of tailor for scavenger fish... one of my best sessions was on casting ZX40 underneath a school of small tailor.

after a bit of researching i started to make my own assist hooks.

palomar knot to the split ring
20lb braid, coloured with red marker

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snell knot to gamakatsu octopus hook, size 8

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brown elastic string from ebay, [use for jewelery]

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1 turn uni knot can be used for the feelers to the split ring, as well as the legs.

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below is DIY , looks exactly the same!

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Nice work, this is how it starts.

Are you making any lures or other bits and pieces?

not really mate, unless you count colouring in your lures with permanent markers/ nail polish... lol

ZX's are great - Do you use two different size hooks as per the original set up when making up your replacements. Sure beats forking out $12 for a pack of two.

Cheers Blood Knot

nah i stick to the size 8, slightly a bit bigger, better hookups.

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i love casting ZX for flatties and under schools of tailor for scavenger fish... one of my best sessions was on casting ZX40 underneath a school of small tailor.

after a bit of researching i started to make my own assist hooks.

palomar knot to the split ring

20lb braid, coloured with red marker

snell knot to gamakatsu octopus hook, size 8

brown elastic string from ebay, [use for jewelery]

1 turn uni knot can be used for the feelers to the split ring, as well as the legs.

below is DIY , looks exactly the same!

mate, that elastic string is exactly what im looking for. i have a few ecogear px40 but the strings are gone on some. any chance you could pm the details of the string and ebay seller???

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not really mate, unless you count colouring in your lures with permanent markers/ nail polish... lol

I've always been worried about using nail polish. Does the smell eventually disappear?

Dave

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I've always been worried about using nail polish. Does the smell eventually disappear?

Dave

Interesting comment about nail polish - I had a zx that had badly chipped paintwork (usually loose them before they get to that stage) . So I re coloured it with black and yellow nail polish and it started catching fish after fish right from the get go. Think there was a post in here somewhere of me pulling a blackfish on it - have bought a dozen or so new ones since but this was still a go to lure. So would not worry too much about the smell of nail polish.

Cheers

Blood Knot

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