Hi, I’m Captain Ben Wolfe with Sport FishMichigan. I’ve got a rig that I want to usetoday, and it’s called a Jika rig. Up herein northern Michigan, we have really greatopportunities to fish with tubes, which arevery, very productive. But a lot of our customers,sometimes depending on the wind conditionsand the bottom contour, have trouble feelingthe bottom with a standard rig tube with theweight inside the tube head. So, what we dowith the Jika rig is we modify it a littlebit, and then customers really have no troublefeeling the bottom. All this rig is, really,is just an extra-wide gap worm hook – we puta split-ring on, and then I use a finessedrop-shot rig. What that allows us to do isto change the weights depending on the conditions. What happens when this falls is that it fallsstraight to the bottom, just like that. Thetube is flared, so when we drag it along thebottom, the weight is able to be felt by theangler because the weight is exposed. It doesn’thave the dulling effect that the plastic doesaround the weight if the jig head were inside the tube. To rig this, all we do is a standardTexas rig. This is a really versatile rig – you can fish it in a lot of different applications. Especially just dragging along the bottom,which is so productive up here. The hook isback toward the tail, so when the fish grabthe tail, they wind up getting the businessend of the hook, too. This is the Jika rigthat we fish up here in the Traverse Cityarea. It’s really versatile, and works really well for us. Let’s go fishing! The same areasthat I go looking for anything that looksdifferent: a light spot if there’s a darkerbottom – or a dark spot if there’s a lighter bottom. Those are all the same places thatwe want to cast either a drop-shot rig ora tube, but with the Jika rig, it allows youto feel the bottom better. So, I see a likelylooking spot, I’m going to cast it out past thatand bring it back towards the structure. The thing I love about this is that you can doit with a bait casting rod or you can do itwith a spinning rod. It’s such a versatileoption. I got one here!Nice! On that Jika rig tube. Nice post-spawn fish. Got it rightin the top of the jaw. They’re pretty up here,and so much fun. Let’s get him back. When we cast out to a very specific structure,this is going to fall straight because theweight is down. So it’s going to fall straightdown where we want it to go. In contrast,if we had a tube with a jig head inside, itwould spiral. So sometimes, we could makethe perfect cast, and that spiral takes usaway from where we want to be. However, everygiven day is different. Sometimes, the fishreally respond well to that spiral, sometimesthey want just a straight fall, so we can get right by the structure. They’re so pretty in this water. They don’t like the tube!Thank you, darlin’!For more information, or if you’re looking for a Captain or Guidein Michigan, please giveSport Fish Michigan a call, or check us out on theweb at www. SportFishMichigan. com.