Rigging live bait

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How do you guys/gals rig your live bait?

I’ve had stripers steal my live herring and mackerel off my hook the past 3 days so I want to increase my chances of hooking up. 

I’m using a size 6/0 circle hook. For herring I hook behind the dorsal fin and for mackerel I hook between the mouth. 

In the past I never had this problem. I’m waiting for the striper to swallow the bait before I even pull on it but the striper pulls the bait off the line before I get a chance. 

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Just forward of dorsal for macks.   A bridle rig will give you about a 100% hook up ratio.  But you'll probably gut hook a lot of them.


Use a 9/0 circle.  

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