How To Keep Your Live Bait In Place With This Simple Hack


Here’s a situation that happens often (and can cause you to lose fish)…

Your bait is swimming around looking lively and tasty, then the hook point gets buried into them, essentially double-hooking them.

This can keep you from getting a good hook set when you get a bite and it can even kill your bait.

So in this video, you’re going to learn a simple trick to keep this from happening and keep your live bait in place and alive.

Check it out below!

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Once your hook point gets buried back into the baitfish it’s a lot harder to set the hook properly, so you’re less likely to catch fish.

And this may kill your bait pretty quickly depending on where it re-hooks into the baitfish.

So this is a cheap, quick method to prevent this and you probably already have everything you need.

Here’s what you’ll need for the hack:

  • Rubberband or Surgical Tubing (anything that is elastic)
  • Scissors

And then you simply do this:

  1. Cut a small piece of the elastic
  2. Put that on the hook
  3. Hook your bait as normal
  4. Slide the elastic down the hook to the bait so that it’s snug and keeps the bait from sliding up the hook


live bait hack

If you happen to find your hook continuously rehooking your bait while it’s swimming around then this is a great solution.

Have you tried this live bait hack before?

Do you have other tricks to keep your live bait in place?

Let me know down in the comments.

And if you know someone who has the same problem when using live bait, please TAG or SHARE this with them!

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Richard Fiorentino
2 years ago

Hey Tony – Ever try this with Fish Bites?

Justin Silverman
2 years ago

If you are worried about scents on the rubber bands, consider this… wild-caught saltwater aquarium fish (the herbivorous/omnivorous kinds) will gladly eat broccoli! Try using rubber bands from the veggies you buy at the grocery.

If you want to go to the extreme, organic veggies will certainly be free of pesticides and other chems… but I really wouldn’t worry about that.

Last edited 2 years ago by Justin Silverman
Gerald Dexter
2 years ago

Yes, Tony I have been using that trick for a long time, But most people do not!

Chad Steverson
2 years ago

Another idea would be to use a small piece of fishbits in place of the rubber band.

Mark S
2 years ago

Thanks for the tip Tony! I lost a Snook just the other day because of that. I will definitely include some rubber bands in my box moving forward.

Jean Long-Thomason
2 years ago

Great tip.

John B.
2 years ago

Great simple tip and will certainly give a try —- making the move to Florida in October. At this time I will definitely become a member of Salt Strong Nation. Currently love receiving videos etc. — save most of them to a fishing file for referral / review. Previously have just spent two months in Florida and have tried to fish as much as possible.

Lyle Crafton
2 years ago

Good idea, never had a problem myself but handy to know. Another trick for the toolbox

Gregory Thebeau
2 years ago

I love the tip. Does the rubber impact the target fish olfactory?

Bill Poletti
2 years ago

How about using fish bites pieces as the stop?

Gregory Thebeau
2 years ago
Reply to  Bill Poletti

I like the fish bites idea. However after being in the water a bit, it will likely lose some of its holding integrity.

2 years ago
Reply to  Bill Poletti

Makes more sense because it adds fish attractive scent.


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