View Full Version : Quick Strike Rig Refresher Course

11-16-2006, 06:58 AM
With winter upon us, I though I would once again go through the process of making your own Quick Strike Rig.

First of all, a quick strike rig is a minnow harness, usually made with treble hooks, that allows you to be able to immediately set the hook on a tip up, rather than the traditional method of waiting for the fish to run in hopes that it will have the entire hook in it's mouth when you set it.

Now, how to build one (how I build one)

1) The Tools
A pliers with a flat surface and a sharp wire cutters that makes clean cuts are all you need.
http://www.mophomanners.com/lsfpics/quick-strike 006.JPG
2) Material List
Leader wire (I use 8-12 inches of 15-20 pound surf strand wire), 2 crimp sleeves, one swivel, 2 treble hooks (sizes 6, or 8), a spinner clevis, and to make them Minnesota legal, you must add 2 beads and a spinner blade (which isn't in my picture here).
http://www.mophomanners.com/lsfpics/quick-strike 001.JPG
3) First Step
Slide a crimp sleeve on to the wire, add your swivel, double up your wire and crimp. Add your beads and spinner to the wire and slide them down to the swivel. A rubber snubber bobber stop might be handy here, as your spinner must remain with in 3 inches of your treble hook (a small split shot would work as well). You can start from the other end with the treble, but then you have a better chance of hooking yourself somewhere down the line.
http://www.mophomanners.com/lsfpics/quick-strike 002.JPG
4) The First Treble Hook
Some people like to make this permanently in place, some people string their wire right through the eye, I like to use the clevis, just make sure you have a heavy enough clevis for that occasional monster gator. By leaving the hook able to slide on the line, you can adjust it to the size of your minnow.
http://www.mophomanners.com/lsfpics/quick-strike 003.JPG
5) The Final Hook
This one crimps on, just like the swivel. Your quick strike is done! No leaders needed.
6) Hooking the Minnow
It has been my experience the Pike like to eat their prey, head on. There for, I put the back hook near the dorsal fin, maybe even a little closer to the head, and the other hook goes in the tail, so that the minnow is swimming away from the rig and looks nice and wounded. Also, by hooking the minnow this way, the hooks are already aimed the right direction when you set them.
http://img138.imageshack.us/img138/2351/quickstrike20003av4.jpg (http://imageshack.us)]

You can also use quick strikes for walleyes. I use either mono or fluorocarbon, rather than leader wire and tie the hooks on rather than crimp. I would also go with a size 8, 10, or even 12 hook.

Andy Johnson
11-16-2006, 07:24 AM
Great info Haywood! I might have to give a try at making a few.

11-16-2006, 07:29 AM
You can buy them a lot of places, but if you use them in Minnesota, they "MUST" have the spinner on them to make them a legal lure and a lot of the ones in the stores weren't made in Minnesota and don't have the spinner blade on them.

11-16-2006, 08:01 AM
Want to make me about 20 of them?

11-16-2006, 08:04 AM
For $8.00 each, sure. Heck, I will make you 50 of them at that special price.

Give a man a quick strike rig, he will lose it, give a man instructions how to build his own and he will still end up asking you to make a few for him.

John Pearson
11-16-2006, 07:42 PM
great info Haywood!! I might have to try it!! Thanks


Andy Nyhus
11-16-2006, 09:27 PM
Great info Haywood! With this setup does the minnow stay alive and swim?

11-17-2006, 07:01 AM
Depends on how deep you stick the hook in him. You can get away with useing a lot smaller treble hooks this way and I am usually using pretty big minnows.

11-17-2006, 07:29 AM
Thanks for posting this again Haywood