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Trolling with Bait and Cut Bait:
Bait Rigs: Whole Bait

     Saturday, November 18, 2017
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Whole Bait

The Whole Bait herring rigs are popular on the west coast. To make a whole bait rig you will need bait and two hooks tied to a leader (the hooks can be fixed or with the middle hook tied as a slider).

Whole Bait

Thread the first hook thru the "slit" between the lower jaw and through the roof of the baits mouth, coming out between the nostrils.

Whole Bait

Follow with the second hook.

Whole Bait

Next thread the first hook through the top of the eye socket.

Whole Bait

Follow with the second hook.

Whole Bait

Insert the first hook through the bait between the tail and the dorsal fin. Insert the second hook through the back of the bait.

Whole Bait

Tighten the leader to place a slight bend in the bait. Always tune whole bait rigs at the side of the boat to insure the proper rolling action. The proper action is a tight roll and pause that simulates a wounded bait fish rolling over and trying to retain its balance.



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