Bait Fishing: How to put bait on two hook strayline rigs

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This tutorial will show you how to put bait on a two hook strayline rigs.

Bait presentation in strayline fishing is so important, it can make a world of difference to your fishing success – especially when the fish are being “shy” (being really picky about what they will eat).

The two hook strayline rig is something you’d use when you want to present larger bait. Any long slim bait is a good candidate for this fishing rig. They’re also good when you’re getting lots of bites but not really getting hook-ups. Sometimes two hooks can make improve your hook up rate on the fish.

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Three ways to put bait on two hook strayline rigs:

Here's a couple of ways to put bait on two hook strayline rigs.  We'll show you:

  • Whole pilchard
  • Whole jack mackerel (yellow tail)
  • Whole squid

How to put bait on two hook strayline rigs

Whole pilchard

How to put bait on two hook strayline rigs

Whole jack mackerel (yellowtail)

How to put bait on two hook strayline rigs

Whole squid 2 hooks

Whole pilchard

STEP 1:

With your two hook strayline rig set up and your bait ready to go, start with the fixed hook closest to the swivel and put it through the head of your bait, through the soft piece at the front of the eye. That will provide your tow point.

How to put bait on two hook strayline rigs

1st hook through front of eye

STEP 2:

For the second hook (at the end of the trace) you’ll roll the hook into the back of the fish, around the gut section in the middle. Remember reverse the hook and roll it in leaving plenty of hook and barb exposed – with the shank of the hook (the long bit) buried in the flesh.

How to put bait on two hook strayline rigs

2nd hook rolled in around middle gut section

STEP 3:

Pull the line tight. The line between both hooks should be fairly straight along the bait, not loose and baggy.

How to put bait on two hook strayline rigs

Whole pilchard head first

Whole squid

STEP 1:

Push the fixed hook through the top of the bait, the opposite end to the squid head. Don’t pull it all the way through, you want the bait sitting on the hook, support the weight of the bait.

How to put bait on two hook strayline rigs

Top hook whole squid bait

STEP 2:

Using the bottom hook, pass it through the mantle and then the head so that the point of the hook comes out through the eyes of the squid.

How to put bait on two hook strayline rigs

Bottom hook whole squid

STEP 3:

Straighten the rig, make sure the line is not loose between the hooks and that’s a good straight bait.

How to put bait on two hook strayline rigs

Whole squid 2 hooks

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Whole jack mackerel (yellow tail)

 

Fresh bait is awesome. Mackerel is really good big snapper bait and you can also catch kingfish with it. Bonus!

Follow the same steps as the pilchard above.  

How to put bait on two hook strayline rigs

Whole jack mackerel

Sinker

You can either have it loose, running up the line or you can pin the sinker to the bait. Pinning the sinker keeps it nice and close to the bait which is where you want it. Its role is to help the bait float down naturally through the water past those hungry fish.

The amount of weight you use depends on the weather and water conditions. The aim is to use enough weight to float the bait down past the fish to the bottom (if it lasts that long!)  To find out more about how much weight to use check out our video How to catch fish using a strayline rig.

 

How to put bait on two hook strayline rigs

Sinker above the top hook

Now you’ve got your two hook strayline ready to fish, go out and catch some dinner!

Next videos:

Here are the next bait fishing videos in this series.  Click on a link below to go straight to the next tutorial.

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