There are many ways to rig your live bait without hurting them and getting the most out of the baitfish.
The live bait of choice varies, but some of the popular baits are:
- Google Eyes
- Threadfin Herrings
- Rainbow Runners
- Cigar Minnows
All these live baits can be caught in your local inlet or channel markers using sabiki rigs and/or cast nets.
When rigging your live bait for kite fishing, flat lines, or deep dropping, many will recommend you bridle the bait through the eye sockets or nostrils. You can do this by using a rigging needle and sliding the needle through the eyes of the fish. Then take a wax line loop and pull it back through the eye socket.
Attach your hook to the both sides of the wax line loop and make a bunch of twist until it is somewhat tight around the fishes head. Run your hook back through the bottom loop and you are ready to deploy your bait.
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