Running whole bait is very simple and produces fish all day long. When the bite slows meat rocks.
1. Insert a whole baitfish (herring, alewife, smelt, etc.) into the bait head. (5” to 8” works best)
2. Push a toothpick through the hole on the side of the bait head, through the fish head, into the hole on the other side securing the bait in place.
3. Cut off the toothpick, leaving approximately 1/8” overhang, for easy removal later. *Save the other end of your toothpick.
4. Insert the single hook into the baitfish leaving the treble hanging free near the tail.
5. Pull a slight curve into the bait and insert the other end of the toothpick into the hole of the bait head just in front of the single hook. (This will hold the line in place keeping the curve in the bait). Cut off the toothpick.
6. After attaching the meat rig to a flasher, drop the rig overboard and watch the bait for a minute. (You want a slow roll about the size of a softball). It will become easier to get this roll after a couple of tries.
Now you’re all set to run meat with ease!
Slide hook down 5-6 inches away from the head. Place the head of the baitfish snugly into the cavity of the plastic head.
With bait held tightly into the head cavity, insert the plastic pin into the hole through the bait and out the opposite side hole. Push the pin completely in, making sure that hole is in line with the leader.
Insert hook about 1/2" in front of the tail.
Hold the plastic head in one hand a carefully pull a curve into the bait (towards the hook side.) Curve should be 'even' below the hook.
*If bait does not revolve or for slower trolling, pull additional curve into bait.
*Bait is revolving too quickly or for fast trolling; hold the plastic head with one hand while pulling back on the hook with the other hand. This will put less curve in the bait.
*To obtain the exact roll, slight adjustments may be needed.
In order to hold the correct curve in the bait, the rear line blister acts as a tension device. Tension is accomplished by the point of a toothpick pushed into the hole. When the leader begins to slide too freely, replace the toothpick by forcing out the old one and replace it with a new dry toothpick. Insert the point of new toothpick and break off.
*Always use firm, straight, bright bait, keep moist and cold.
*Keep toothpicks dry.
*Test the action of the bait at the side of the boat.
*Desired action in a slow spiral roll: 1 to 2 revolutions per second.
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