COMMON BAITS AND HOW TO RIG THEM
Rigging your baits better will help you catch more fish. These tips on rigging baits are worth checking out, no matter how experienced you are.
Prawns are one of the most common baits used in Australia and fish absolutely love them. They can be rigged in many different ways and even their heads catch fish. For a natural presentation feed prawns onto a hook from below the tail. Push the hook through the body contours and expose the hook point among the legs and just before the head. For live prawns, you can carefully pin a small hook through the top of the head or tail to allow them to keep kicking in the water. Check out the below clip for additional tips on fishing with prawns.
Squid is a robust bait that lasts longer on the hook. Strips of squid flesh are difficult for fish to tear away from a hook and this is particularly useful in areas where there are lots of small pickers. It’s best to weave a strip on to a hook with two or three folds and then leave a short piece dangling to entice bites. Live squid are dynamite for big fish such as Kingfish and Fingermark. For details on how to rig a live squid check out this guide.
Pilchards are versatile bait for the beaches and estuaries. Tailor, Australian Salmon, Bream and Mangrove Jack are suckers for Pilchards. They can be rigged whole on ganged or multiple hooks or they can be cubed and baited on a single hook. These oily treats will have fish begging for more.
Whether you’re using beach worms in saltwater or earthworms in freshwater the process for feeding them onto hooks is similar. For a natural presentation, push one end of the worm along a hook to completely cover the metal then push through the hook to leave a dangly appendage to wriggle, struggle and entice bites. Alternatively, weave the worm onto the hook with multiple folds for a stronger hold. Here’s a simple visual to illustrate.
Don’t underestimate the value of bread for catching common estuary and freshwater species. Bream, Australian Bass, Mullet and many other species will readily eat bread. It’s cheap and you can get it anywhere. Old bread is fine for berley but fresh doughy bread is best for putting on a hook. Fresh white bread will mould to and grip the hook better and is less likely to fall off. Check out this video for some tips on putting bread on a hook. Don’t worry about a bread punch though; just pinch a small piece. The wrap and squeeze technique is most suitable for Australian species.
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