Two hook fish rig
This is one of the most desirable ways to attach a two hook rig to a whole fish bait.
Step 1Rig a two hook rig using the sliding snood knot.
Step 2Attach the primary hook at a suitable point in the top back of the fish bait. For larger baits a point midway is ideal while using smaller bait fish, through the tail section is better.
Step 3Pass the point and bight of the sliding hook through the flesh just behind the bait fishes head. Make sure you go from nose to tail so the hooks shaft lies flat along the fishes head. Pull the line up firmly and the rig is complete.
Two hooked fish rig
This is one of the most desirable ways to attach a two hook rig to a whole fish bait. It is suitable for both live and dead fish. You will need to master the Sliding Snooze Knot, however, once having done that you will find this rig the very best. If teeth are lurking, be sure to use a suitable trace. This rig is not suitable for live bait fishing as the line between the two hooks will pull tight restricting, and eventually killing the live bait.
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!