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Squid Jig Design - The Tsuriken Jig
This squid jig is made by Tsuriken, Japan.
1) First I removed the brown thread that was wrapped around the base of the jig. This thread helps to secure the cloth covering.
2) Next I removed the eyes, which are stuck on with glue.
3) Next I removed the cloth covering. This material is like a fine netting and is transparent.
4) Because the cloth is transparent, the white and pink body of the jig is quite visible through the cloth.
5) The cloth has been removed. You can see the top half of the jig body is painted pink.
6) I removed the lead weight. This was jammed tightly in the hole in the base of the jig.
7) After the lead weight was removed, I found another smaller piece of lead inside the jig. This is an interesting feature. It allows for fine adjustment of the weight and balance of the jig.
8) The small "second" weight is removed from the jig.
9) Next I removed part of the jig body to reveal the line attachment ring.
10) The fishing line attachment ring has been removed.
11) There is a third piece of lead that slides into the body, just beneath the centre of the jig eyes. Presumably the position of the three lead weights adds to the balance of the jig.
12) Next I removed part of the jig body to reveal the squid hooks and the white stalk to which they are attached.
13) The squid hooks have been removed from the jig body.
14) The squid hooks are attached to the white stalk with very thick nylon fishing line.
15) I am removing the fishing line that holds down the jig hooks.
16) There was 8 needle points to each row of squid hooks. Here you can see I have removed two of the needles.
17) One row of hooks has been removed.
18) The Tsuriken squid jig is fully dismantled.
Topics for discussion1) Three lead weights
The fact that there are three separate lead weights may be useful in balancing the jig.
2) Squid hooks
The squid hooks only have a needle point on one end. This presumably makes the jig cheaper to produce. I am a little unclear on how they wrap the fishing line around the needles to keep them in place. Perhaps there is some machinery available to automate this process. I presume that the needles are already bent into shape, before they are attached to the white stalk.
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