Typical Mistakes When Rigging Live Or Dead Cut Bait
Time and again, fishermen make these same mistakes when rigging cut bait.
You’ll only cost yourself more on bait and you’ll lose out on fish you could’ve caught.
Correct these cut bait mistakes to hook into more fish!
Typical Mistakes When Rigging Cut Bait [VIDEO]
You first need to have a way to cut the bait using either shears or a baitknife.
In this case, I’m using frozen mullet but this technique can apply to other kinds of finfish we’d be using for bait.
Before doing anything else, cut the tail off of the fish.
If you leave the tail on, it may cause your bait to spin in the current which is unnatural for a hungry fish.
With regards to using mullet, you should cut them in about 2-3 inch sections.
The mullet used in the video above was large enough for 3 sections (tail, belly, and head).
Don’t throw away the heads!!
That is one of the best baits to catch redfish.
When you go to rig the mullet on the hook and pull the hook through the top of the bait, make sure to remove the scales from the hook point.
The scales cover and hide the hook point basically hindering you from hooking into any fish at all.
You want to make sure you rig your baits up so they appear streamlined in the water.
That means you want to hook the bait through the narrow end to have the back end facing out.
That way it is not spinning as much in the current.
Another common mistake is some anglers will actually bury the hook point into their bait and leave it there.
The line of thinking is “If you hide the hook, the fish won’t see it and you’ll catch more fish”.
However, that is not so true.
You want to have the hook point fully exposed.
Make sure you are using the RIGHT hook size for the bait you’re fishing with.
You don’t want to match the hook to the size of the fish you’re after, but rather to the size of the bait.
When it comes to inshore fishing, I don’t go bigger than a 6/0 hook.
I find that a 4/0 to 5/0 circle hook gets the job done for many sizes of cut bait.
Cut bait is an excellent way to reel in some really nice redfish this fall.
But be sure not to make any of the mistakes I outlined above or else you could be losing out on fish and losing money on bait.
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