Whole pilchard on gang hooks side rigged This is the standard way to put a pilchard on gang hooks and just plain works. To put the worm on the hook, stick the end of the worm though the hook until it hits the end. BAIT FISHING: How to put PILCHARD bait on one hook STRAYLINE rig (3 ways) MaksimSusie. And start off by putting the bottom hook in first, then the middle one, and the top one through the eye of the pillie. BAIT FISHING: How to put bait on a LEDGER/DROPPER rig, pilchard… Whole pilchard on two hook snooded rig. Thick Black pilchard schools from Boca Inlet to Deerfield pier were the norm. When tying a two hook pilchard rig, we have found that keeping the hooks in line further improves both your catch rate and the ability of the rig to hold soft baits or live baits. Only some fake reefs from piles of mined boulders are left in a few spots. where the flesh just begins on the body of the pillie) 2. pull the whole hook through the pillie so that the tail half is 'threaded' on the line just at the point where the tail meets the body. Salting the baits using rock salt combined with freezing has toughen softer baits such as fish & shrimps. I actually forgot to get pics of this, sorry. Years of usage has taught me to put my faith in these 2 products, and when to use them. I feed the hook right through the eye, and then insert the hook through the pille and back through near the tail, then pull the line back to finish up with. When tying a two hook pilchard rig, we have found that keeping the hooks in line further improves both your catch rate and the ability of the rig to hold soft baits or live baits. The point of hook 1 should now be facing the tail end of the bait. Place two half hitches around the tail and the eye of hook 1. In the 70s and 80s, there were shallow reefs all along Boca and Deerfield Beach. Pull it though the barb and clip most of the worm that is dangling off. When I was growing up in South Florida, I used Pilchard Rings ( aka - "Ribbon Rigs" ) to catch baitfish ( Pilchards / Menhaden ) from the fishing piers . Used to use Pilchard rings to catch them and gold hooks. Unique Fishing - Catching Catfish in Muddy Water During Dry Season - Hand Fishing in Mud Water. Personally I use a single 8/0 hook and don't bother ganging for snapper. STEP 4. Many fishermen around the world have realized the benefits of using whole fish for bait. Helpful 1 Not Helpful 2. If you are using crickets, put the egg sinker on. Tailor, mackerel, flathead, bream, sharks and a variety of reef fish will all happily accept them presented this way. Thanks! The Two Hook Pilchard Rig is the complete answer to keeping soft bait fish on the hook. I'll show you how i attach the baits to the hook & how i tie them on. You should be left with a perfectly presented pilchard. Unfortunately, a lot of the best small fish species like pilchards, which are most attractive to other fish, are very soft and very difficult to keep on your hooks. Then insert hook 1 into the skin of the pilchard approximately 2cm from the base of the tail, but on the opposite side. 8:35. Tie on the swivel and the hook to make a slip rig. 2:30. Stylo - the best way to rig the tail half of a cut pilchard is as follows: 1. push the point of the hook through the flesh just in front of the tail (i.e. How to put a half pillie effectively on your hook. Whole pilchard on a single hook This is a bit of a speculative way of getting a whole pilly out fast rather than taking the time to change to a set of ganghooks. How To Use A Half Pilchard for Bait Gary Brown shows you how to use a half pilchard for bait for a variety of species such as flathead, and bream. Camfishing. With smaller pilchards it can be deadly on big bream and flathead. 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