Gone Outdoors

How to Rig a Mister Twister

by Keith Dooley

Mention the words Mister Twister to many people and images of a soft-plastic grub-shaped bait with a tadpole-like tail come to mind. Used by anglers for years, Mister Twister soft-plastic curly-tail grubs have been responsible for untold numbers of game fish being caught. However, the Mister Twister line of soft-plastic baits also includes minnows, frogs, worms and salamanders. While there is also a hard-bait line of lures produced by Mister Twister, the beloved curly-tail grub is still a perennial favorite of many anglers.

Attach a 1/8-ounce or lighter long-shank jig-head hook to the end of your fishing line with a Palomar knot. Begin forming the Palomar knot by feeding six to eight inches of line through the eye of the jig-head hook.

Form a loop three inches from the eye, hold the loop in place with your thumb and index finger, and feed the end of the line back through the eye of the hook. Place the free end of the line alongside the main line to form a doubled line.

Tie an overhand knot with the loop and doubled line. After tying the knot, do not tighten it down and pull the loop down and over the bend of the hook. Moisten the knot with saliva or water and pull down tight. Trim excess line from the knot with scissors.

Hold a Mister Twister curly-tail grub in one hand and the jig-head hook in the other. Place the jig head alongside the plastic grub so that the nose of the bait is even with the base of the jig head. Notice where the bend of the hook lies in relationship to the bait. Place your thumb at this point as a guide for rigging the bait.

Turn the hook so that the point and barb are on top. Position the point at the nose of the grub. Insert the point of the hook into the body of the bait to the point where your thumb is located. Turn the hook up and out the top of the bait. Slide the grub forward until the nose rests against the base of the jig head.

Items you will need
  • Fishing rod with matched reel
  • Monofilament fishing line
  • Mister Twister curly-tail grub
  • 1/8-ounce jig-head long-shank hook
  • Scissors

Photo Credits

  • spinning with jig bait on the river beach image by Kokhanchikov from Fotolia.com