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Gary’s Chicken Rig

As the creator of one of the most successful and duplicated baits ever to hit the industry, Gary
Yamamoto could have easily packed it in, collected his money, and retired to a life of leisure never to be heard from again.

Fortunately for us, it doesn’t look like anyone told that to Gary. At the age of 70, he’s still out therecompeting on the FLW Tour, making promotional appearances, and designing new products.

His latest innovation is both a new bait, and a new way to rig it; and it was responsible for his fifth place finish at the FLW Rayovac event on the Upper Mississippi River held September 18-20.

The foundation for Yamamoto’s new rig is the all-new 7.75 inch kut tail worm, which will hit retail shelves in coming weeks.

After that, in typical Gary Yamamoto fashion, he rigs it backwards, wacky style, and adds a nail weight.

So, you’ve got the following;

Backwards
Wacky
Weighted
Kut Tail,

Or BWWK rig, which kind of sounds like a chicken… I am officially petitioning GYCB to be called the Chicken Rig.

The Upper Mississippi is also the stomping grounds of GYCB pro and FLW Tour veteran Tom Monsoor, and as expected, Monsoor also had a strong showing in the Rayovac, finishing 18th .

I recently got to spend a day on the water with Monsoor, and although we caught fish on several baits, he was most eager to show me “Gary’s newest trick”.

How to Rig

“The key to the rig” said Monsoor, “is to use a straight shank hook. The straight shank allows the hook the line up properly when rigged in the middle, creating a great action on the fall.”
Monsoor recommended a 4/0 straight shank hook, threaded through the worm just below where it starts to narrow down. Push it all the way through, then reverse it and tex-pose it through the fatter side of the worm.

Next, go to the hardware store and get yourself a box of drywall screws. Screw one in the fat end, and voila, you’ve got yourself a chicken rig.

How to Fish

Monsoor didn’t make the final day’s cut at the Rayovac, but because Gary did, he went out as a
spectator and watch. In the process he got a tutorial from the master. “The bait fishes really simply, you just cast it out and work it with either a lift and drop technique, or a twitch almost like a wacky rigged Senko.” Monsoor said.

In the Rayovac, Yamamoto used the rig most successfully on manmade structure like bridge pilings, docks, and seawalls. Monsoor has since used it effectively on many pieces of similar structure, but also on rocks, riprap, and normal sand drop offs. “About the only place it may not be an ideal presentation is in heavy vegetation. It’s spiral fall and center hooking point would hang up too much on the vegetation. Pretty much everywhere else is a go though.”

Yamamoto throws the rig on spinning tackle, a 7 foot medium or medium heavy rod, 30 pound braid and a 16 pound leader. Conversely, Monsoor fishes the rig on baitcasting tackle, a 7 foot 2 inch Lews rod and a high speed Lews reel spooled with 16 pound Sugoi fluorocarbon.

“Gary was working that thing on a spinning rod and had great success. He was basically flipping it along heavy docks, pilings and all kinds of tough stuff and it worked great. I like a baitcaster when I can, and have had a bunch of success fishing it that way too. You can really pick your poison.” Monsoor said.

Try it Out

When you talk about wacky rigging, anglers immediately think finesse. Yamamoto has turned that all on its side with the chicken rig. It’s large profile and vibrations will trigger strikes from actively feeding fish, and it’s erratic fall will generate strikes from pressured fish. It also comes in a big enough package that you can fish it on standard baitcasting tackle.