How To Hook Live Pinfish & Pigfish Like A Pro
By: Joseph Simonds on March 23, 2020
Do you know the best way to hook live pinfish and pigfish?
To give yourself the best shot at catching fish, your bait needs to look natural, and how you hook it can make or break your presentation.
There’s no one perfect way to hook live baits — it all depends on the current and how you’re fishing them.
In this video, world-record holder Capt. Peter Deeks is sharing two ways to hook live baits in two different scenarios.
These tips work for all types of baitfish, including:
To learn the best way to rig live bait to catch more fish, watch the video below.
How To Hook Live Pigfish & Pinfish
Capt. Peter Deeks usually hooks live bait one of two ways:
- In the back, near the tail
- Through the lips
Hooking live bait through the back
When you’re fishing your bait with the current and you want your baitfish to swim, hook them above the spine and near the tail.
This allows them to swim naturally and it makes them aerodynamic so you can cast them far.
Also, be sure to hook them close enough to the edge of their body so that the hook can tear out easily when a big fish bites, but not too close to where if you cast them far the hook will rip out.
Hooking live bait through the lips
When you don’t want your bait to swim far, or if you want it to swim straight down, hook your bait under the chin and through the lips.
Two examples of this would be if you’re fishing docks or bridges.
Another time you would hook them this way is when the current is really ripping and it’s not possible for them to swim with the current.
Hooking them through the lips will let them face into the current, whereas hooking them in the tail in this situation will cause them to tumble around in it.
When hooking live bait, you need to get it in front of feeding fish and make it look natural.
If you’re fishing on the flats and letting your bait swim around, hook them in the back near the tail.
And if you’re fishing docks or bridges and want your bait to swim down, hook them through the lips.
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