IGFA (International Game Fishing Association) Rules Explained

Gap Between Hooks On Rigs

QUESTION:

Hook Spacing

We like to fish two-hook rigs on big livebaits when targeting trophy-sized wahoo and dogtooth tuna. I know that I can only use single hooks (no trebles with livebait), and that both hooks must be firmly embedded or attached to the bait, but what about the distance between the two hooks? How far am I allowed to space them from each other?

ANSWER:

You are correct that the IGFA permits the use of two single hooks for a single rig, and you are also correct in that the IGFA requires both hooks to be firmly embedded or attached to the bait. Regarding the distance between the hooks, IGFA rules state that the “eyes of the hooks must be no less than a hook’s length apart and no more than 45.72cm (18 inches) apart.” Please keep in mind that the rules pertaining to live or natural bait are different than they are for artificial lures with a skirt or trailing material. For these types of lures, the eyes of the hooks must be no less than a hook’s length apart, and no more than 30.48cm (12 inches) apart.

IGFA Rule Book: Rules Explained:

Gap Between Hooks On Rigs

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This question ran in ISSUE 117 of BlueWater magazine: MAY / JUNE 2016

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