Live bait always trumps fresh (dead) or artificial baits. One technique that has been used frequently in other areas where fresh live bait is not available is the Hook, Line and Threader system.
This technique involves placing a hook into a live species body without harming it. And has been used by many anglers around the country with mixed success.
The system uses a stainless steel threader or needle, notched on one end, inserted in the mouth of the live bait fish and pushed completely through the organ cavity and out through the anal opening. Then a leader, looped of one end and attached to either with a double or treble hook, is then connected to the notched end of the needle and is slowly and very carefully pulled back out of the mouth of the fish. In essence, using the organ cavity as a path from anal opening to the species mouth.
Once loop end of leader is through the fish’s mouth, it is attached it to the main line on the fishing rod.
The threaded bait could then be fished by free lining in the current or with a split shot weight allowing it to sink.
If done carefully, the placing of the looped leader and hook assembly does little to no harm to the fish. And most of the time, the fish or crustacean will survive in the water for quite a while.
The Hook, Line and Threader can be used on almost any species of bait fish and many different crustaceans. Insertion technique will vary so the angler should be creative.
Does it work in your region? That’s anybody’s guess. Could be one of many gadgets anglers purchase each year that hook more anglers then fish or could be that magic technique which can produce more action and results.
These devices are typically found in both brick and mortar stores and on the internet. Give it a try and let me know how you do. For more information go to: http://www.hooklineandthreader.com/
Until Next time – Tightlines – Capt. Tony