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    Default Two hook drift fishing rig

    Some have suggested something like a 12-16oz leadhead on the bottom and a herring or fly a few feet up the mainline off a 3-way swivel. Here's my question. Sounds very effective - you're sorta covering 2 bases at once - but is getting 2 fish at once ever a problem ? I wonder if you have a nice fish on one hook all that zipping around might bring in another one and stress all the tackle. A 20# halibut on the jig and then a 10# coho hits it on the way up seems like something would have to give.

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    I`ve never had a problem with the double hook-ups...that`s what the reels drag is for. I run a leadhead with a J hook or smaller jig about 16"s up...while the actual double hookup is rare it can happen. Personally I`ve never picked up two different species at the same time. DO it and have fun.


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    caught a big yelloweye and a 35 lb halibut at the same time on a two hook bait rig = FUN! Also caught a 100 lb halibut in the mouth and tail at the same time on a two hook rig, the hooks spanned about 4 ft so it felt pretty weird and awfully heavy...and didn't feel any lighter when the mouth hook pulled loose and I fought him by the tail...this in a 14 ft boat! So, it was fun and multi species or double hookups on the same fish are possible!

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    Awesome pic doc. Thanks.

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    My buddy fishes a double hook rig. Has caught two halibut at a time on more than one ocasion. I have seen him with tangles and snarls because if it as well. For me i will stick with the single rig

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    I used to run a 2' length of 300# mono with a 4/0 swivel with a 10/0 on 80# to which I'd put a grub, hoochie or small gulp bait, and then the other end had a 4/0 corkscrew swivel to which I'd put a jig. I don't recall ever getting a double, but the 10/0 hook did take quite a few rockfish and a silver salmon.

    I haven't used that rig for years, for two reasons. Many of my jigs now sport two hooks, so I'd be illegal with the third hook. The other reason is I had a well founded fear that I'd grab the 300# leader to get a halibut or lingcod on board, and it would sound driving that 10/0 hook through my hand. I fortunately never had that happen, but IMHO the risk of it happening is too great to offset the few extra fish you might catch. Fish a productive area and a single jig will take all the fish you could want. Fish a non productive area and that second hook won't improve the catch rate.

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