SportFishing and Charters Forum - hooking live bait w/ rubber band?
THE HULL TRUTH is the world's largest FREE network for the discussion of Boating & Fishing. Whether you're researching a new boat, or are a seasoned Captain, you'll find The Hull Truth Boating & Fishing Message Forum contains a wealth of information from Boaters and Sportfishermen around the world.
01-14-2008, 06:42 PM
anyone w/ any experience? saw it on a fishing show never showed how to do it though.
01-14-2008, 06:49 PM
i personally use the rubberband. its simple and effective. u need a rigging needle. put it through the bait, and wrap it around the hook..takes a little practice.
Ice Cream Man
01-14-2008, 06:55 PM
You can also use a Ballyhoo pin rig with a rubber band...........ICM
01-14-2008, 07:20 PM
I prefer rigging floss to the rubber band, but I am mostly referring to live lining decent size bluefish for giant bluefin, I've had the rubberband loosen as well have it draw the hook to an awkward angle which I dont like, but I've never tried it on smaller bait like blue runners or goggle eyes
01-14-2008, 07:59 PM
any more directions on how to do this particular style of live baiting. im thinking of using flouro seaquar for this with mainly shad as my bait for stripers. thanks
01-14-2008, 08:26 PM
small electrical ties, waxed line or spectra are my choices as the bands are not strong enough for large fish.
They will knock the bait loose from the hook on lots of ocassions.
01-15-2008, 01:45 AM
Papacoolbreeze - check out this link to a video that shows you how to do rubber band bridle rigging.
Ice Cream Man
01-15-2008, 05:13 AM
If your fishing for Stripers the Ballyhoo pin rig is not the right choice.......
Gamakatsu 5.0 - 8.0 thin wire Circle hook thru any part of your bait ( live or dead ) would work well without a rubber band......ICM
01-15-2008, 06:22 AM
Ditto on the small zip ties, it is quick and easy, no knots, and holds the hook tight.
01-15-2008, 03:43 PM
Rigging floss with the hook twisted a couple times and run back thru works great.
05-29-2008, 01:55 PM
Captain Fred Archer
05-29-2008, 05:28 PM
Been bridling both live and dead baits, almost exclusively with circle hooks, for decades now. I love the rubber bands for most applications, but especially for the smaller live baits, which I bridle through the nose, not the eye sockets. There is far less trauma to the bait that way, plus you can't get "picked", or cast a bait off, and if you have to troll or move the bait some, the rubbier band lets the bait stay under and swimming a lot longer and faster, instead of skipping, like on a regular bridle..
Here are some examples, plus the newest, hottest thing I''ve seen for bridling ever, the Quick Rig Bait Bridle.