How to Hook Live Bait for Fishing (Top Fishing Games)


Who couldn't use some tips for fishing with live bait? It seems tome that any angler worth his or her salt should always be interested in making themselves a more effective angler? I know this is certainly the case for me, and in this article I'm going to reveal some great tips for fishing with live bait that will help you catch more fish as soon as you implement them. Through many years of fishing I've realized that the biggest key to fishing with live bait is that your bait appears as natural as possible. There are some basic principles that should not be ignored when using live bait.

When fishing with live bait, it is desirable to have a much shorter hook shank for two reasons. First, a short shank allows the live bait to swim naturally, and second, the shorter shank means the hook is more complicated for feeding fish to detect. Long shank hooks with live bait draw fewer strikes.

The type of hook used affects the appearance of the bait. If the hook is too big, the weight and thickness of the hook will inhibit the natural movement of the live bait. The live bait is quickly tired due to the load of the hook. In addition the large hook prevents the live bait from wriggling naturally. The sizeable wound created by the large hook also kills the bait in a short time due to the shock.

A large hook is also highly visible, and cautious predator will be quick to note that the outline of the bait fish is quite dissimilar. It is also a fact that the metal of the hook reacts with saltwater and creates an electrical field in the water. It is possible that the predator senses these unusual differences and might be put off.

On the other hand, a small hook can be hidden well, sometimes too well. The predator might take the live bait in its mouth and swim off but when it feels the weight in the line or the strike by the angler, the bait could be pulled out of its mouth without the point of the hook penetrating anywhere in the mouth of the predator. This is due to the small size of the hook keeping the point of the hook buried in the body of the live bait. Even if the bait has been swallowed into the stomach of the predator, it is possible for the predator to regurgitate the bait out, with the hook still embedded in the bait, unless the angler is fortunate enough to have the hook torn free of the live bait and get a hold within the jaws of the predator.

Therefore, the size of the hook should match the size of the live bait. Too big a hook, the live bait may not be taken, too small and chances of getting a hook up are lessened.

In my opinion I prefer to use a short shanked hook for live bait as there are fewer hooks exposed. Basically I use the gape width between points and hook shank as my guide for choosing hook size for the live bait. The thickness of the gape should be approximately the similar or slightly smaller than the thickest cross sectional width of live bait where it is hooked. As the live bait is hooked up lower or above the thickest portion of the live bait where it is thinner, therefore the hook point will expose. The point to hook the live bait varies with the situation. Normally while fishing offshore there will be a strong current. I normally hook the live fish just behind the neck at the shoulder just before the dorsal fin. This allows the fish to swim in nature facing the current, thus staying alive longer. This method applies whether I fish with a balloon rig near the surface, mid water or just off the base.

If I’m fishing the bottom near the coastline in areas of nil or very slow current with a running sinker rig, the hook is placed at the underside of the fish, behind the caudal fin near the tail. At all times makes sure the hook position is not pushed plane against the body of the live bait, especially when the leader is pressed flat against the body of the live bait, as if the live bait was in the mouth of the killer. This will ensure that the point has a good chance of sinking into the mouth of the game fish, when it takes the live bait in its mouth.So plan you next trip accordingly, choosing the right hook application for your particular outing. Successful catches are most often determined by the terminal tackle you use, and the most important part of that terminal tackle is the hook. Choose wisely and fish often.



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