Assembling Double Assist Hooks


In the response to the requests from some of our readers, I made a video to show how I assemble my double assist hooks for slow pitch jigging.

I really recommend to make your own assist line. It’s cheaper. You can make different lengths of assist line to suit your jigs. I make 3cm, 4cm, 5cm. And sometimes you come shorter in the end but that’s OK. It comes handy sometimes to have 3.5cm and 4.5cm.

Assembling is pretty simple with the hole in the eye of the hook. Without the hole in the eye, it’s takes time and skill, also some tools, to tie with a bobbin knotter. Fly fishermen can do it easily, but I don’t trust my skill. But if you can do it, you can make tighter smaller neater knots.
For most of us, it’s only worth if the eye of the hook has a hole.

PR Knot to assemble the double hook

If you have a vise and a bobbin tool, this is much better assembling.
It’s simply stronger than the other knot, just like PR Knot is. It also keeps the positions of the hooks much better intact.

I’m still practicing this assembling and a lot of things can go wrong. But this is what I was taught.

A.S.S. Assist Line

asslineAssist line with fluoro core from Angler’s Support Service. ASS is a member of Team Sato. They make what Sato Sensei invented and this is one of them. PE braided with fluoro line running through it. So it’s firm and supple.
Slow Pitch utilizes a lot of small actions, and the head of the jig goes up and down many times. You’d want to have this firm assist line in the HEAD hooks. It will avoid tangling up with the leader.

I use PE15 for light tackle with hook size #1 and #1/0, PE20 is my standard with hook size 2/0 and sometimes 1/0. PE30 is a long shot when going for a big one with 3/0 hook.

The price is per 5m.

  • PE15 fluoro core: JPY1,156
  • PE20 fluoro core: JPY1,480
  • PE30 fluoro core: JPY1,836

Assist line with the TAIL hooks can be without fluoro running through. It will be softer, and this makes it easier for the fish to swallow it and for you to hook up better. Plus, it’s cheaper than fluoro cored PE.
If I see the tail hook tangling with the leader, which does happen sometimes with a sliding jig like Spunky, you can switch the tail assist to the fluoro cored as well.

The price is per 5m.

  • PE15: JPY648
  • PE20: JPY875
  • PE30: JPY1,134

gpringThe best solid ring to be connected to leader is GP Ring from Decoy. A seamless one-piece solid ring with tremendous strength. Polished to perfection to be leader friendly. The unique shape hosts the leader knot to settle and delivers the direct impact to the hook. #4 is the standard size.

  • GP Ring #3 300lb 12 pcs: JPY540
  • GP Ring #4 400lb 12 pcs: JPY540
  • GP Ring #5 500lb 12 pcs: JPY540
A.S.S. seamless ring

assringSeamless solid ring from Anglers Support Service. This ring is made by the columnar polishing rod. Non-welding seamless ring makes it so tough to break. Perfectly rounded metal has no corners to damage the line.
The ring you use doesn’t have to be this, I don’t think. But I would not trust a welded ring. It has to be punched one piece of metal.

  • 6.0mm Ring 50 pcs: JPY1,350
  • 7.0mm Ring 50 pcs: JPY1,350

Hooks with ring eye

DECOY Pike Type-R

pikerDecoy Pike Type-R. I personally love this hook. Pike is originally designed for the hooking ability to catch anything near and for the penetration ability to reduce risks of unhooking. Pike is the most popular hook for slow pitch jiggers in Japan. Type-R is a thicker, stronger model. It’s also got an eye, making it easy to tie.
Normal Pike hooks up better because it’s lighter, easier to be swallow. But it’s an eyeless hook. You need to tie it by whipping by a bobbin tool. Fly anglers should be able to do it with ease, but I find it very hard and I don’t find my tie trustworthy. I’m settling with the stronger Type-R.

A little more expensive than normal Pike. The price is the same but there’s 1 less hook in a package.
Size #2/0 is the standard for double assist hook for slow pitch jigging.

  • Pike Type-R #1 7 pcs: JPY540
  • Pike Type-R #1/0 7 pcs: JPY540
  • Pike Type-R #2/0 6 pcs: JPY540
  • Pike Type-R #3/0 5 pcs: JPY540
  • Pike Type-R #4/0 4 pcs: JPY540
  • Pike Type-R #5/0 3 pcs: JPY540
A.S.S. Anaaki Hooks

anaakihookThis is the standard jigging hook from Angler’s Support Service. It’s got an eye and the hole is made by punching out the metel. It does not have any edges to damage the assist line. Also the hook is bent in a way Sato Sensei bents his hooks. The hook point is pointing directly to the eye. Good to penetrate and hard to get snagged. Very economical price and very good cost performance.

We sell in 50 pieces. If you look for affordable and easy assemblable hooks, these are the ones.

Go shopping →

  • A.S.S. Anaaki #20 50 pcs: JPY2,970

Hooks with flat eye

DECOY Pike (normal)

pikeVery light and strong, the most popular slow pitch jigging hook in the market.

  • Pike AS-03 #1/0 10 pcs: JPY540
  • Pike AS-03 #2/0 8 pcs: JPY540
  • Pike AS-03 #3/0 6 pcs: JPY540
CULTIVA Jigger Light Shiwari

jiggershiwariTaff Wire technology made it possible to produce such a light and strong hook with such a refined shape.
Shiwari means that the hook point is pointing toward the tip of the hook, just like Sato Sensei bends his hooks. The angle and the straight point promises the better penetration.

  • Jigger Light Shiwari #2/0 9 pcs: JPY540
  • Jigger Light Shiwari #3/0 8 pcs: JPY540
  • Jigger Light Shiwari #4/0 7 pcs: JPY540
  • Jigger Light Shiwari #5/0 6 pcs: JPY540
  • Jigger Light Shiwari #6/0 5 pcs: JPY540
CULTIVA Jigger Light Hold

jiggerholdTaff Wire technology made it possible to produce such a light and strong hook with such a refined shape.
The Hold series focuses on holding on the fish. The point is angled to catch a fish, and once it’s penetrated, it will not let it go. Ready for a big game.

  • Jigger Light Shiwari #2/0 9 pcs: JPY540
  • Jigger Light Shiwari #3/0 8 pcs: JPY540
  • Jigger Light Shiwari #4/0 7 pcs: JPY540
  • Jigger Light Shiwari #5/0 6 pcs: JPY540
  • Jigger Light Shiwari #6/0 5 pcs: JPY540

nicproSato Sensei’s idea met the Japanese craftman. Sharp and strong by the specially tempered metal. The thin wire minimizes the water resistance in motion, and the round section avoids tearing off the fish flesh.

  • Nic Pro #20 10 pcs: JPY486
  • Nic Pro #22 9 pcs: JPY486
  • Nic Pro #24 8 pcs: JPY486
  • Nic Pro #26 7 pcs: JPY486
I hope you find this article informative and helpful to you!

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  1. Carl Hurley
    Carl Hurley12-01-2013

    This is very helpfull thank you totos I will now need some hooks solid rings pe flouro core etc as well .ha maybe I will just send you my credit card and you just keep sending me everything I need ? I have to say this is the best fishing site . I would like to come to your fishing workshop but do not think I can get time off work carl

    • Totos

      Hi Carl.
      I’m glad the video helped. It’s really nice to assemble your own hooks. You can make the assist line as long or as short as you want. And the other thing is that you can use PIke. This thing really bites!
      Too bad you can’t make it to Okinawa Workshop. Hope to go fishing with you someday!

  2. Mark crewe
    Mark crewe12-01-2013

    Hi Totos
    Fantastic video, I like how you tie the hooks with the knot in the line first. I haven’t seen it done that way before but it makes for a quick and easy strong knot. I have used a lot of different assist cord but the one you use in the video seems nice and supple which can only help when tying knots, think I will have to add that on my next shopping list. Anyway once again brilliant video it really helps us guys out that don’t speak japanese.


    • Totos

      Hi Mark.
      I know what you mean. This is an easy lazy knot. But it’s good. This is how ASS standard hooks are tied. The only possible problem is that the assist line is easy to get twisted. You just need to keep adjusting the direction of the hook point as shown in the video.
      This assist line is firm and supple. Because slow pitch utilizes a lot of sliding and falling, it keeps the hooks away from tangling up with the leader, and keeping the hooks easy to be swallowed and hooked at the same time. The rear hooks don’t have to be fluoro core, but it can.

  3. Werner

    Hi Totos San, great demo video. I’ve been tying assist hooks myself for a long time and though they work fine, the ones you tied look so much better! I especially like how you use the jig to straighten and even out the length of your double assists hooks before tying on the solid ring, gives me a new perspective to doing this. Gonna try it tonite when I get home ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Totos

      Hi Werner.
      Glad you found the demonstration helpful. Thank you for dropping your message! Enjoy!

  4. Daz

    Good stuff, I picked up some handy hints and……..he has a voice.
    Nice to hear you mate.

  5. Totos

    Hi Daz.
    You can’t stop teasing me, can you!?
    Yes, I have a voice. I just didn’t have a mic and a quiet room to myself before. I happened to have them that day.
    Guess I should put out my voice more to the world huh?

  6. Ben

    Yes, such is the mystique of our favourite Japanese jigger! We are growing accustomed to that big wide grin of yours as another amberjack hits the deck, but the voice has been left to the imagination! Now back to the video – an ice cold beer was missing from your desk Totos, I’m sure Daz will agree. We will show you these Aussie tricks when you visit us…

    • Totos

      Here comes the other Aussie!!!
      OK OK OK, I will come. And you can save those tricks for me!

  7. Arfan

    I’ve was wondering, is there a reason why they use such tiny solid rings? I mean, does it have its benefits or something like that? What kind of split rings are you using? I can’t find any small split ring with heavy poundage around my place…

  8. Totos

    It’s “the less metal in your system, the more contacts you get.” principal. But personally I don’t think you have to push so hard. I’d just use the least metals that I feel comfortable setting up with.

    I use HOT’S Toughness Split Ring as recommended by Sato Sensei. It’s considered the best for its strength and the tightness of the split.

    No.4 / 90LB / 100 in a pack
    No.5 / 100LB / 80 in a pack

  9. Joel

    Very Nice Totos ๐Ÿ™‚

    I was following yr video step by step …. clear as water thanks ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Totos

      Hi Joel.
      I’m happy that it helps you. Do you like the Pike hook?

  10. batt

    hi Totos
    i would like to know where i can order the pe20 flouro core and pe20


    • Totos

      Hi Batt.
      Thank you very much for your interest.
      I can help you buy anything on this post with 10% handling fee.
      The shipping will be by EMS of Japan Post.

      Contact me to tell what you need and I’ll send back the quote.
      You can pay by credit card or PayPal.
      Thank you!

  11. batt


    Can i pls have your e-mail?


  12. Tony Tan
    Tony Tan06-06-2015

    Hi Totos
    Indeed, yours is the best site for blurred anglers like me… Of course in time to come, I will get what I need through you.
    I am new to slow pitch / slow fall jigging as I had done popping and fast jigging before. So I got myself a cheap rod Major Craft Crostage B63/5SP to try out with my 5 years old Accurate 870 NXC gear ratio 6:0 : 1, the size is smaller than Ocea Jigger2000P NR. Look suitable to start learning how to slow pitch with a few Hearty Rise 140 and 170 gm slow fall jigs.
    I didn’t want to spend so much money yet but I hope you can advise me the suitability of this setup and any area of improvement to be successful.
    Thanks and best wishes.

    • Totos

      Hi Tony.
      Thank you very much for reading my site.
      So you have set you up to start slow pitch jigging. That’s good.
      Well, you are asking for my advise but you haven’t stated your problems. Haven’t got any yet? Well, if that’s the case, go out there and try it out!!! Ask the ocean. But the ocean answers only when you get the fish. It won’t tell anything otherwise. If it gets too long to wait for the answer, ask me.
      Good luck!

  13. Gary

    Hi Totos,
    The information on your site is extremely helpful! I’m trying to assembly my own assist hooks. Not sure if you’ve answered this question already, but may I ask what type of line are you putting in the bobbin tool? Do you use the same line to tie different size hooks?

  14. Angel A.onso
    Angel A.onso07-28-2015

    Hello Totos,
    Thank you for the great videos! Was wondering what kind of thread you use on bobbin tool? I have heard that PE thread is not good for this because it has no stretch and holds poorly. What are your thoughts on this? Target species is grouper and must have very strong attachment to assist cord.
    Thank you,
    Angel Alonso

  15. Totos

    Hi Gary and Angel.
    For PR knotting the double hooks, any PE0.8 to 1.0 is good. I use my used PE line from light casting game when it’s available.
    The best in the market is ASS bobbin thread, PE0.8 8-ply 5.8kg. Many pros use it.

    Angle, you are worried that PE line may not be suitable for this. Well, for PE to leader connection, the best knot is PR knot. The knot loses virtually 0% of the line strength. I’ve never had line break at PR knot myself too.
    PE knot is indeed weak for friction, but in PR knot, the tension will not be put on in the direction to break the whipped thread. You know what I mean? If it were whipped perpendicularly to the direction of the tension, it would be very weak. But it is whipped ALONG the direction of the tension.
    Anyway, trust PR knot with a PE line.

  16. Yunus

    How long you cut the Assist line? 90 Cm?

    • Totos

      It depends on how long the assist you want at the finish. And that’s determined how big the jig you are putting it on.
      Snelling requires more cord than PR knot.
      You just need to try and see for yourself.
      Good luck.

  17. Aileen


    Can I just have your advice about using the bobbin methods on hooks with eyes? It’s tough to find hooks without eyes here. Tried to leave a “contact me” to liaise via email but it keeps telling me that my email is not recognised.

    • Totos

      Hi Aileen.
      Sorry about the contact form not working for you. You can try ‘info’, following
      (Sorry the way I write it. It’s for the spam.)

      I’m not clear what you are asking. You can’t find hooks with ring eyes, but you want to know how to PR Knot with hooks with ring eyes?

  18. doolyb

    Hi Toto, i would like to thank you for this great site! i am going for a fishing holiday to Norway in July and have decided to try the slow pitch there thanks to inspiration from you. i bought myself an ocea NRHG 2001 as you have suggested but i have a very cheap rod at the moment because i need to have 2 piece rod for travelling but haven`t found anything good yet.

    Well actually my main question is how do you stop line twist without using a swivel? i mean every drop the line must twist alot with the dancing lure and together with lack of levelwind doesnt that make a terrible mess of the line on the reel? i will be jigging in up to and over 100 m but i am worried i will make a mess of the line. queston 2 : do you have any videos where you show how to control the line distribution on the reel while jigging and fighting the fish?

    Thank you soo much and best regards from Switzerland!

    • Totos

      Hi Doolyb.
      First of all, swivel doesn’t really prevent line twisting. And with or without swivel, you don’t make a mess by line twisting. Believe me. Just don’t worry about it.
      About the leveling the line load, we guide the line with a finger or a thumb to level the load when you retrieve back up the jig. We just don’t worry about it when we are fighting a fish. If you need to level the line load during the fight, you can tilt the rod in a way that the line is on the right side of the rod guide, then you will get it loaded on the right side of the spool. Tilt to the other way to get it loaded on the left side.
      Good luck!

  19. hibikifishing

    Excellent tutorial as always Totos. May I know how you tie the ASS Anaaki hook? I noticed that there is a hole in the flat eye. Do you thread the assist cord in that hole? Thanks.

    • Totos

      Just like in the first video with Pike Type-R with the ring eye.

  20. Christian

    Good evening totos sensei. I have another question, from the videos i watched, i rarely see slow jigging hook using skirt. Do you have any idea why?

    • Totos

      Hi Christian. I think SPJ anglers like simplicity. We try to use the natural free swim of the jig and try to avoid any possible things that may restrict it. And we believe that movement is the main attraction.
      But in the first video, Sato Sensei talked about skirts and that sometimes, in some conditions, for some targets, skirts can be effective. But after that, no one has seen him use skirts. I think SPJ was in its infancy back then. Not so many jigs and weights were available.

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