The 20 cm GUNKI G’BUMP is the lure that enabled me to catch the most metre plus fish. Be it guiding or fishing with the mates, this lure just has that little extra something.
This is how I rig it.
Pike just love the G’Bump
I have tried different rigs, but where I fish, 0.5 to 2 metres deep grassy zones, the shallow screw style rig is the most efficient.
It also works really well in deep areas, 6 to 10 metres, all you have to do it let it sink without reeling. The pike will swim up to grab the lure as it slowly flutters to the bottom. A game of nerves and patience that can be highly addictive!
So, let's have a look at how to rig the Gunki G’bump
The gear you need.
Here is the list of things you will need:
- size L Shallow Screw,
- size 4 rolling swivels,
- size 8 split rings,
- wire-cutting pliers,
- eye-shaping pliers,
- split ring pliers,
- Stiff, 0.7 to 0.8 mm stainless steel wire,
- Super Glue.
Size L Shallow Screws, size 4 rolling swivels and size 8 split rings.
You start by shaping the main body of the rig out of one length of stainless style wire to which we will then add hooks.
Once you have shaped the three ‘eyes’, do not cut the off the excess wire as that will be used to stick into the lure.
Do not cut the excess wire off.
A specific pair of ‘eye-shaping’ pliers is essential in order to make perfectly shaped and strong eyes.
A rig like this will resist at least 7 or 8 good sized pike before needing to be changed. All you need is to have 3 or 4 ready and you are good for the day. With a bit of practice, even with cold fingers, it takes less than 30 seconds to change! It is a really cost efficient way of rigging soft lures and the swimming action is just perfect.
Once you have shaped the wire, it is almost finished.
Screw and glue the Shallow Screw into the lure. Make sure that it is positioned as in the photo for optimal rigging. I now glue all of my rigs having lost too many lures due to crazy head shaking pike!
Make sure you position the eye of the screw like this.
Now it is time to add the swivel system and for that you need a rolling swivel and two split rings.
Add the hooks, I use a size 2/0 at the rear and a 1/0 at the head of the lure.
Ready to fish!
Make sure to keep sufficient distance in between the hooks when you make the rig. If they are too close, they will get tangled and that is the best way to lose the pike of your dreams! The first hook needs to be positioned just under the head of the lure. The second one should be no further than the end of the second third so that the lure’s tail will not get caught on it.
Et voilà, you are ready to fish!
Time to go and give this rig a try and who knows, maybe catch the fish of your dreams!
Guillaume LE GARREC,
Fishing Guide in France and Ireland,