How To Rig the 7 Prong in California

Just the other day, I saw a picture of a 6 lb largemouth bass with a 14” trout in his gut… WOW!!! We all know bass are very greedy and will take the chance to eat the biggest meal possible at any given moment. The Sniper and the Outlaw are the first umbrella rigs with the capability of having 7 baits in one cast. That is a remarkable step in catching more fish and bigger fish. The real question is this, “How do you rig a 7 prong and still be legal in states where you can only fish 3 hooks like California, and not lose fish?” Well folks, let me tell you I’ve found a way to maximize the bites to landed fish ratio. The key it to put grubs on the front prongs, and realistic skirted ones on the back of the rig. Naturally fish ambush a school of bait upwards, or take advantage of the stragglers on the back. They will eat the bottom two baits or the middle one ever time! Let me share with you what I’ve found:

First you need to find your favorite color of grubs. Mine is a 4” salt and pepper grub. These are going to be placed on the four shorter prongs on your rig; these will not have hooks on them. The best way that I’ve found to keep these attached is to place a hitchhiker on the nose of the grub, then clip them straight onto the four prongs. On the three longer 6.5” prongs, you want to place on your favorite swimbaits. For me, it’s a combination of two things. I like to throw a 3/8- ½ oz. Vibe on the middle prong in a shad or bluegill color with a Hollow Body swimbait or a Sweet Beaver trailer. On the bottom two prongs, I throw a ¼ – ½ skirted swimjig with a 4” hollow body swimbait trailer. The weight of the jig heads depends on how deep you are catching your fish. I fish the ¼ oz when fishing shallow and the ½ when fishing deep. Before I know where the fish are, I go with a 3/8oz on the back three and then adjust from there. Also keep in mind, if your rig is not swimming straight, you want to put heavier weights on the bottom two weights to keep the rig running true. After clipping on the baits, your rig is complete. All that’s left to get out on the water, make long casts, and set the HOOK!!!