Livebaiting - how do you approach ?

Planning some boat missions in the coming time and this lead us to discuss bait options, primarily livebaiting, and better ways to do it. 

I've always hooked my liveys through the shoulder and tail with a two hook rig, or just the shoulder for a single. I'm wanting to really work out if the same approach is gonna work fine if I add weight to the rig down to the hook or even add a swivel ? All thoughts welcomed . . . 

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I have always

Mon, 2017-08-14 06:43

 Hooked them through the lip they stay alive longer and dont un hook them self


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depends on method of fishing

Mon, 2017-08-14 07:25

 From the stones i use 1 hook through shoulder under balloon or slide. Shallow water boat- usually unweighted and a single hook through shoulder or if fast current is present i like to hook through the nose to let the current hold the bait straight and alive alot longer. If fishing deep i always use a bridal rig with a ball sinker sitting just above the nose, works a treat for me. Hope that helps a lil

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 If slow trolling or dropping

Mon, 2017-08-14 07:51

 If slow trolling or dropping from a boat I always bridle rig. Bait needle and pull an elastic band through the eye socket in front of the eyes then couple of half hitches onto the hook.


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Multiple options

Mon, 2017-08-14 07:57

And depends on the species you are chasing. For example tailor attack from behind so mouth hooking the livey better, but other fish, eg coral trout go head first, in which case I hook the livey near the tail fin.


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 Cheers fellas, some good

Tue, 2017-08-15 16:27

 Cheers fellas, some good points there.