At the ICAST 2012 Show in Orlando, Florida we brought in a display tank to show off the amazing action of the Savage Gear Sand Eel Slug. This tandem rig produces darting lures that faithfully swim in opposite directions of one another to create the image of a small school of bait in complete fear.
Rather than try to describe the action, have a look at the video as narrated by Mads Grossel, Savage Gear founder and lure designer: Click HERE To Watch Video of Twin Sand Eel Slugs
Since the show, the questions have poured in as to how to rig the twin rig. Here are a few basic instructions on how to get this rig ready to roll, or dance as the case may be.
There are really only three ingredients to this rig, the Sand Eel Slug, Darting Jig Head, and Leader Line. The first is the Savage Gear Sand Eel Slug. These come in a variety of sizes. 4”, 5 ½”, 6 ½”, and 8”.
The second, and probably the most important ingredient of this rig, are the Sand Eel Slug Darting Jig Heads. These Darting Jig Heads come in sizes to correspond to the Sand Eel Slug that you choose.
The third item is your leader line. You can choose whatever brand, color and pound test you’d like. The key here is to match up your line with the fish species, water clarity and conditions. Given the versatility of this rig, you will probably find applications for line strengths from 2lb up to 25lb or more. In any case, begin with a length of line that is approximately three feet long. This should give you ample room for knots.
Now to the steps involved in rigging.
- Choose a Sand Eel Slug and Darting Jig Head to match.
- Mount your Sand Eel Slug onto your Darting Jig Head.
- I suppose you can do this prior to mounting your Sand Eel Slut to your Darting Jig Head, but at this point, go ahead and tie your mounted rigs to your leader line. You can use whatever knot you choose.
- With the lures tied to each end of the leader, you will want to tie a loop in your line about two-thirds of the way between your rigged baits so one is on a longer leader than the other. I generally tie an overhand loop. But a figure-8 loop, or any other the dozens of other loops out there will work as well. The key here is to leave some distance between the rigs. This is what keeps them from getting fouled up.
- By step five, you are done! From here, you can attach this rig to your main line using a loop-to-loop connection or whatever knot you’d like.
You can cast this rig, vertical jig it, or even use it under a bobber. Practice control of the action with the rig just below the water where it’s visible. In this manner you can quickly learn to gauge the timing and sharpness of the rod action to bring the sand eels to life. Beginning with a longer leader provides more separation and travel of the lures when twitched and a shorter leader length tightens up both the lures and the action.