WHOLE PILCHARD – HEAD FIRST

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Ap­pli­ca­tion Straylining with var­i­ous weights, run­ning sinker rig, bot­tom fish­ing, cast-and-re­trieve sit­u­a­tions sim­i­lar to a stick­bait.

Equip­ment

1 x whole pilchard – re­cently de­frosted 2 x hooks – sized to match the width of the pilchard (6/0 usu­ally a good choice) 4 to 6 foot trace – au­thor’s pref­er­ence is 60-lb sup­ple trace. Lighter fluoro­car­bon trace is an op­tion Sinkers sized to match the fish­ing cir­cum­stances Scis­sors or clip­pers to trim trace

Be­fore pick­ing up the bait pre­pare a stan­dard 2-hook trace as pic­tured. It is es­sen­tial both hooks be fixed, as the bait can­not be cor­rectly pre­pared with a swing­ing keeper hook. The first hook is at­tached with a uni-knot while the sec­ond is snelled to the trace.

Firstly place the point of the first hook on the lat­eral line of the pilchard, about three cen­time­tres in front of the tail. Push the hook firmly through the spine line of the pilchard un­til the hook point and barb are clear on the other side. Ro­tate the hook to sit neatly against the bait with the eye of the hook at the head end of the bait.

The sec­ond snelled hook needs to be pushed through the bot­tom jaw of the pilchard ver­ti­cally all the way up through the pilchard’s head. The ideal line is to have the hook pass al­most touch­ing the front of the pilchard’s eye socket, as pic­tured.

To fnish load the trace for the ap­pro­pri­ate sinker for the ap­pli­ca­tion (it may not re­quire a sinker at all), tie to the main­line.

NOTE This rig fishes well in all con­ven­tional ap­pli­ca­tions and is par­tic­u­larly well suited as a quick and deadly cast-and-re­trieve bait tar­get­ing king­fish around struc­tures like chan­nel mark­ers and buoys.

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