3 Simple Ways To Bridle Rig Your Live Bait To Catch More Fish
By: Joe Simonds on August 3, 2015
This might sound controversial to this live bait post below, but here at Salt Strong we prefer artificial lures over live bait in most (but certainly not all) fishing scenarios.
But it’s not because we think that live bait doesn’t work by any stretch of the imagination…
In fact, we publically admit that given the choice, a fish will usually choose live bait over an artificial lure/bait in almost all cases.
So why do we like artificial bait fishing so much?
Here are a few reasons:
- We can cover so much more ground (aka water) compared to live bait fishing
- We can usually get at least 10x the opportunities (aka we get out bait in front of more fish) compared to fishing with live bait
- We get to our favorite fishing holes faster as we don’t have to stop to throw the cast net, look for bait, etc
However, we do highly recommend live bait fishing for certain situations… like going offshore, trying to catch record size fish, trolling, or kite fishing would be just a few examples of when we would prefer live bait over artificial.
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So in this article, we wanted to show you three of the best ways to bridle rig live bait for certain scenarios. And if you aren’t familiar with bridling live bait, bridling is an easy alternative to directly putting the hook through the back, tail, or nose of the bait fish. This keeps the hook slightly elevated above the live bait.
Why would it matter to have the circle hook slightly elevated above the live bait?
- Because by creating a small gap between the live bait and the hook, it allows for the entire circle hook to remain exposed for a very clean, unobstructed hook-set (helping you catch more fish).
- It is also very important to have a fully exposed hook because so many missed opportunities happen when the hook turns back into the bait (causing it to never set in the fish’s mouth)
Note: This same bridle rig can be used effectively on dead bait as well.
Materials Needed for Bridling Live Bait
- Open-eye live bait rigging needle (aka “Bridling Hook” that you can get at most tackle shops)
- Rubber bands (you can buy these at Walgreens, or just borrow your teenager’s rubber bands from their braces)
- Circle Hook
- Live bait (or dead bait)
- Monofilament or fluorocarbon leader
1. Rigging a Bridled Bait For Kite Fishing
Big thanks to Peter Miller of Peter Miller Fishing for this fishing tip that he uses to catch sailfish while kite fishing.
2. How to Rig a Bridled Bait (Front of Bait)
A big thanks to the guys at RiverToReef fishing in Australia for this bridling tutorial they use for all sorts of fishing.
3. Bridling A Live Bait “Goggle Eye” (Back of Bait)
Big thanks to Judah Clark for this unique circle hook bridling method for “Google Eyes” that has the hook resting a little bit higher up the live bait’s back.
As you can see in the three videos above, all of the hook bridling techniques are similar, yet they all serve a slightly different purpose in terms of how the live bait naturally swims.
Play around with each one and see which bridle setup works best for your fishing needs.
And don’t forget that with smaller live bait, many times you won’t need any bridled hook setup at all.
P.S. – Did we miss anything, or where there any questions that you still need answered in regards to bridling your live bait? Let us know in the comments.
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