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Rigging Live Baits

Lip-hooked pinfish for heavy current. (Photo courtesy of FloridaSportsman.com)
Lip-hooked pinfish for heavy current. (Photo courtesy of FloridaSportsman.com)

Learn top-notch methods for rigging live baits

“Where do I hook this bait?”

It’s a good question, and from an expert livebait captain you might get 10 different answers on 10 different days. The biggest factor to consider is the conditions.

If you’re bottom fishing, for example, hook placement should be different on anchor than if you’re drifting in heavy current. It will also vary depending on what you are trying to catch. A Miami mutton snapper that sees a hundred chicken rigs a day probably won’t be fooled by a chicken rig with a live sardine or cigar minnow hooked through the lips on a 3-foot leader.

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