Saltwater Baits, Hook placement and rigs

How to Hook Live Bait - tips and tactics

Hook placement & Baits

present the bait so that it swims in a tree and natural manner

Placing the fishing hook forward in the back tends to keep the bait nearer the surface.

common fishing hook placements:

  • Hook mullet through top back or lip
  • Side-to-side for small-mouth fish
  • Eye-socket or nostril hookup for pilchard
  • Hook in rear underside for more depth
  • Anchovy can be hooked in nose or gill collar
  • First wrap around pin for double hooks

Hook it toward the tail it you want it to swim downward. Placing the hook just behind the fin, on the bottom of the baitfish, as above, will keep the hair struggling nearer the surface, and may also help thwart short-striking fish.

The hook can be stuck through either the tough nose of the fish, or through the bony collar just aft of the gills.

Hook placement in other portions of the bait's anatomy may he necessary because of the nature of the species.

Some of the many baitfish species of the herring family, such as pilchards, sardines, white bait, etc., may be too soft-fleshed to permit a reliable hookup through either the dorsal or the lips. A solution, is to run the hook side to side through the eye socket, just above the eyeball, or in the area of the nostril of the baitfish.

Double-hook rigs

The teeth of a kingfish sharp he will get hooked even though the point of the hook is buried.

If you want to use a double hook when drift-fishing especially for king mackerel and other, which have an uncanny knack for severing the ballyhoo just in back of the single hook. The second hook goes after the bait is completely rigged in the usual way. Note: Do not add the other hook before you rig, or you will be unable to rig. Slip the eye of the second hook over the point of the first one and then press the point of the second hook upward into the bait.

Ways of attaching the second hook

The first method is always to be preferred. -Pry open the eye of the second hook, then press the eye closed again with pliers after the hook is in place. Second way is to use pliers, bend down the barb of the first hook just enough to permit the eye of the second to slip over it and then pry the barb back to its original position with the blade of a screwdriver.

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