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Old 11-27-2006, 04:57 PM
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I was planning on using some frozen spanish sardines for bottom fishing, how do you guys recommend me rigging them up?
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I usually just hook 'em through the eyeballs and drop it down. You'll lose some to bait stealers, but overall I've found it to work best for me.
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Thanks sandshaker. Where do run for bottom fishing up where you are?
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Gulf coast out of Cedar Key 15 miles and out, St. Augustine I usually troll out at the ledge which is around 50-60 miles out.
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I forgot to mention, i wasnt planing trolling the sardines i was just gonna drift or anchor over the reefs. Would i still rig them through the eyes?
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Through the eyes for bottom fishing. Don't troll them. All I was saying is that I don't usually bottom fish on the east coast.
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Im from PA but visit my aunt in Hobe Sound and when we go fishing out of Jupiter the boat rigs them using a double hook;1 hook through the eye of the other hook, one hook through the body and the hook that is tyed to your line would be through its head.
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Another reallly good trick is using an anchovy or herring head holder like they sell in the pacific NW...you can run your line through the head holder and tooth pick the head of the bait inside...they come in a variety of colors and just plain clear plastic...they work very well for trolling and standard bottom fishing and you'll find that fish can't steal the bait as easily as the tooth pick through the cranium really holds the bait on well...they can be used with a combination of single or double trebles or single hooks...
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Here's the best advice anyone can give you. Visit your local tackle shop a buy a copy of the "Sportsmans Best: Snapper & Grouper" book out of the Florida Sportsman series. It comes with a DVD that does a great job on describing baits, how to rig them, tackle selection, ... It's $19.95 for for the book and DVD. Money well spent.

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i hook mine behind the eyes in the gill plate they seem to stay on the hook a little better.when i use them bottom fishing i take a piece of squid and run it up the beyond the hook and on the line.this will allow the smaller fish to eat while the big grouper can eat the sardines.
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i never thought of that tommy, sounds good
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1. Through the eyes.
2. One deen through the eyes the add 1 squid to the hook (a combo)
3. One squid on the hook. Add one deen through the eyes. Then add another squid. (a deen samich).
4. Pull the head off a squid (save this to add to a live bait). Stick a deen up all the way into the body of the squid so that the deen head is at the end. Then hook through both guessing where the deens eyes are. (pig in a blanket, AKA deen in a condom).

If the fish want small baits, go with #1. If they want bigger presentations, try 2-4. If they want bigger yet, butterfly that vermilion snapper you caught with #1. Drop that down and hold on....
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for drifting, I use a 3/4-1.5 oz jig, add second hook to jig,

put jig hook up through the head from bottom, then lightly hook second hook under skin wher it falls on the sardine..this works on king, snapper, grouper...
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evernic, what would the second hook be,(single or treble) and you mean setting up the rig like a kingfish rig?
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I use same size as jig hook, point of jig hook through eye of second hook, like mustad 7007 hooks,,yeah kinda like kingfish rig..no treble hooks though..seems to scare bottom type fish, maybe..just learned this way on tortugas trip and used it for years.
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regardless of where you hook'em try to keep them frozen. the pick off artists have a much harder time with a "popcicle"
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I usually rig my sardines with a saltine cracker, a slice of onion and a splash of tabasco sauce.
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