Hello fellow anglers,
Some of you may have heard about a new rig that you can purchase called the "Tokyo Rig". This is another interesting way to present baits closer to the bottom. It is like a modified drop shot with how the weighted wire keeps the bait up off the bottom a few inches to keep it out of the mud or other debris.
With this new rig, I thought I would share how you can make your own. You probably already have the necessary terminal tackle to make one. A EWG 3/0 or 4/0 hook, a split ring, a barrel swivel and some wire. In the example below I mention Looped Spinner Shaft. Here is the link where you can purchase 25, 6" pieces. LOOPED SPINNER WIRE
NOTE:(I have also thought about making a finesse toyko rig with a 1/0 wacky hook)
I didn't have the wire mentioned above, but I did have an old Alabama rig that was busted. So I cut off one of the wires from that (which is pretty much the same as spinner wire) and used that to make my weight wire.
As for the weight on the bottom of the wire, that can be easily changed out based on your preference. You can also add beads, jig rattles, or brass "clankers" to the wire. You will see a lot of guys take two bullet weights and face them opposite so that it is less likely to get hung up. To be honest, I think the bend on the end of the wire that keeps the weight on is more likely to get caught on something.
I have thrown this around with a nice creature bait like a craw or lizard and have had success with it. Please let me know if you have any questions or share your own experience/tips with the Tokyo rig.