NATURAL OR HANGING DEADBAITS?
THE usual way of fishing this rig with a deadbait is to suspend the bait under the float and allow it to drift very slowly on a stillwater, or trot down a river.
When doing this I like to use a whole fish as bait, as it looks more natural than sections.
I will hook the bait on in one of two ways – natural or ‘hanging’.
If you want the bait to sit horizontally and look natural, put the top treble into the base of the dorsal fin and the lower hook at the end of the trace into the gill plate.
Attaching the bait so it hangs vertically doesn’t look as natural but it is often really effective – the pike don’t seem to mind!
Start by hooking the top treble through the root of the tail and the bottom treble in the flank of the fish.
This way it will be far less likely to come off during the cast.
A vertically hanging deadbait.
Hook horizontal deadbaits on like this.