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Squid Jig Design - The Yamashita Jig

This squid jig is made by Yamashita, Japan.

Yamashita squid jig
1) Here you can see a complete yamashita squid jig and the underlying plastic body with its two halves.

Jig body
2) The halves of the jig body are clear plastic. You can see that the swivel for fishing line attachment is moulded into one of the halves. Also, note the small round plastic plugs where the feather are attached at the sides of the jig body.

Jig body
3) The two halves of the jig body fit neatly together.

Jig body
4) This is a top view of the two halves of the jig body and shows how they fit neatly together. Also note the small depression where the eyes are attached.

Topics for discussion

1) Hollow plastic body
The hollow plastic body explains why the yamshita squid jigs are quite slow sinking. I personally prefer slow sinking jigs because I tend to fish fairly shallow areas.

2) Jig Hooks
As with the Tsuriken squid jig, the Yamashita jig uses heavy nylon fishing line to attach the squid hooks to the stalk on which they are assembled. However, the needles used have a needle point on each end (and are bent in half). Also, the yamashita hooks form a full circle whereas the Tsuriken hooks only form a half circle.

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Last modified: 21 March 2005