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"Free lining" live bait question

bro24bro24 Posts: 7 Greenhorn
Heading to St. Andrews state park in a few weeks, planning on hitting the jetties. From what I have been told and read one way of not getting snagged every cast is to free line a live baitfish or shrimp. How would you rig this? Thanks.


  • GermGerm Posts: 1,704 Captain
    just a hook and nothing else. no weight or flat.
  • JettyparkJettypark Posts: 1,969 Captain
    Mainline>Uni-knot>leader>knot>hook... No hardware and only use the strongest/smallest hook possible... I use circle hook and
    they hook themselves went they take off with your bait...You will get snagged if you let the baitfish take off without feeling and
    feeding him line... try cutting off the dorsal/anal fins and cut the tail some on your baitfish.. again this will depend on the size of
    the bait fish...once you feel a pick up... give him line, wait a moment point your rod towards the fish and in one motion sweep your
    rod... That's it... good luck
    aa13.gif"A ship without Marines is like a garment without buttons"
  • haydenfox!#$haydenfox!#$ Posts: 2,406 Captain
    Certain baits are gonna go straight to the bottom no matter how you rig it. Pinfish are one of those baits...
  • Chewdog2121Chewdog2121 Posts: 469 Officer
    If you get constant rock-ups, try suspending with a light cajun thunder style cork and adjust your leader size below the cork according to the depth of water, or try switching up your hook placements (tail hook, nose hook, shoulder hook etc.) The fish will swim different according to how they are hooked. As the previous poster said, smallest hook you can get away with according to the size of the bait, and straight leader to line, and a hook. Just add bait and hang on!
  • bro24bro24 Posts: 7 Greenhorn
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