BAIT FISHING: How to put bait on a LEDGER/DROPPER rig, pilchard… 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. Only some fake reefs from piles of mined boulders are left in a few spots. Thick Black pilchard schools from Boca Inlet to Deerfield pier were the norm. 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. Pull it though the barb and clip most of the worm that is dangling off. 2:30. Camfishing. If you are using crickets, put the egg sinker on. Salting the baits using rock salt combined with freezing has toughen softer baits such as fish & shrimps. 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. 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. I'll show you how i attach the baits to the hook & how i tie them on. 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. I always used to make my own, as a kid. STEP 4. BAIT FISHING: How to put PILCHARD bait on one hook STRAYLINE rig (3 ways) MaksimSusie. Personally I use a single 8/0 hook and don't bother ganging for snapper. Recently, I discovered that they have been declared to be a "gill net", theoretically "illegal", and not available in stores anymore. How to put a half pillie effectively on your hook. You should be left with a perfectly presented pilchard. 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. To put the worm on the hook, stick the end of the worm though the hook until it hits the end. Thanks! I actually forgot to get pics of this, sorry. The point of hook 1 should now be facing the tail end of the bait. 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. 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. Unique Fishing - Catching Catfish in Muddy Water During Dry Season - Hand Fishing in Mud Water. Helpful 1 Not Helpful 2. Place two half hitches around the tail and the eye of hook 1. Whole pilchard on gang hooks side rigged This is the standard way to put a pilchard on gang hooks and just plain works. In the 70s and 80s, there were shallow reefs all along Boca and Deerfield Beach. The Two Hook Pilchard Rig is the complete answer to keeping soft bait fish on the hook. And start off by putting the bottom hook in first, then the middle one, and the top one through the eye of the pillie. Tie on the swivel and the hook to make a slip rig. With smaller pilchards it can be deadly on big bream and flathead. Many fishermen around the world have realized the benefits of using whole fish for bait. Whole pilchard on two hook snooded rig. Tailor, mackerel, flathead, bream, sharks and a variety of reef fish will all happily accept them presented this way. 8:35. 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