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QUICK GUIDE TO HOOKING MINNOW LIKE A PROFESSIONAL

Minnows are a very valuable bait because of their rapid wiggling action. It is also this wiggling action and slippery nature that can make them very hard to put on a hook. Take a look at this Quick Guide to Hooking a Minnow Like a Professional for helpful ideas on setting a minnow on your hook.

HOOKING THROUGH THE HEAD

Hooking a minnow through the head is perfect for when you intend to cast multiple times. Pass your hook through the bottom of the head just under the lips and pierce the top of the head. The fish hook should be completely upright and allow the minnow to move naturally.

HOOKING THROUGH THE SPINE

Hooking directly through the spine in the middle of a minnow’s body is another very effective way of hooking your minnow. Hooking through the spine will prolong the life of the minnow making the minnow that much more effective as bait. It is important you don’t hook the minnow directly through the spine. Hooking the minnow through the spine will paralyse the minnow and reduce its effectiveness as bait.

HOOKING THROUGH THE TAIL

When you are not intending to cast your line more than one and intend to leave your minnow in the water, hooking through the tail is a very easy method. The minnow will be able to swim around when hooked through the tail. Hooking through the tail is perfect for drift fishing.

TAKE CARE OF YOUR MINNOW

You’ve taken care to keep your minnow alive while setting up your hook. Now it is time to take care when you are casting into the water. If you are not careful the shock from hitting the water can kill the minnow.

Keeping the temperature of your live bait bucket the same as the water you are casting into is also very important. A large temperature change will shock the minnow killing it.

 


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Bill Matthews
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Bill is as green friendly as they come. He's travelled the world, loves kayak fishing and camping.