Soft bodied fish baits
This technique helps holds soft baits together.
Step 1Some bait fish are naturally soft. Defrosted baits can suffer badly from the problem. Pickers can make using some bait?s nigh impossible unless you take some action to reduce the problem.
Step 2Embed the hook in a suitable position. The one shown here is ideal for smaller baits.
Step 3Using hosiery plastic (Bait Mate) commence binding from the furthest end from the hooks placement. Bind both leader and fish.
Step 4Continue binding right the way along the fish body to the hooks bight.
Step 5the binding back to the start point, snapping the elastic free.
Rigging soft bodied fish baits
Bait presentation is sadly overlooked by too many fishermen. Today the lure making industry make a fortune out of lazy fishermen. Rigging baits in place of presenting a lure will, in 100% cases, out fish the lure.
A well rigged squid makes the very best flathead lure. Small well presented squid, worked as a lure, will catch more bream than lure or standard bait! In fact catch more fish than any lure or standard bait.
Small Bait fish too, can be rigged and presented in place of a lure. The first couple of try’s may seem fiddly, however, once you set yourself with the right equipment and have some practice under your belt, you’ll out fish everyone around you and never look back.
With much smaller baitfish such as hardyheads, herring, minnows, galaxids, gudgeons and smelt, you may need to use a fine two hook rig. Use a sliding snooze to have the secondary hook sliding. Place the secondary hook through the lip and the primary through the tail. Tweak it and you’ll quickly get it set to swim well. Split-shot or small bean sinkers can be used to add weight. Simply place the weight between the two hooks and use hosiery elastic (Bait Mate) to hold them snuggly in place.
Intertwining the shaft of a hook through a bait, takes away its natural action. Before long the bait will quickly gather around the point of the hook, which is just what you don’t need. If the bait is large enough to thread, quite often it is better to opt for a two hook rig.
I once fished alongside a gentleman that used a three hook sliding snooze rig when fishing with Pipis, cockles and goolwa off the beach. The hooks where small but I never saw him miss a fish and not once did he have to strike to hook them up. I on the other-hand, using a one hook rig, I had to worked hard for a third of the fish he took home!