Baiting is one of the most important skills that you need to learn, if you want to be a successful fisher. This is especially important if you are undertaking deep sea fishing, where you need to be able to hook your bait while keeping the bait alive. Only living bait will attract the best catch in the ocean. Here’s how.
- Hook types. First of all, you should understand the types of hooks that can be used for baiting and for fishing. The type of hooks will determine the type of bait that you can add to the hook, and the type of fish that the hook can catch. Also consider the line that you will be using for fishing, since some hooks only work best with certain types of lines. Also consider the type of deep sea fishing that you will do. If you want to catch big deep sea fishes, you will need to use stronger line and generally larger hooks, which will also require larger baits, for instance.
- Bait types. Next, determine the bait types. There are different types of baits that can be used. Usually, the baits that are used for deep sea fishing are real and living fishes. When you are fishing for smaller fish in calm and shallow waters, a worm will usually suffice as bait. In the great seas, however, a worm will not be noticed by even the smallest of fishes. If you want to catch larger fish, you will need to rely on larger bait. Usually, anchovies are used, although herring and other fish can also be used. The bait that you will use will also depend on the type of fish that you want to catch. If you want to catch very large fish, for instance, you may need to use bait that is as large as a foot in length.
- Positioning. Next, you should also familiarize yourself with the positions where you can place the hook in the bait. Usually, the common positions that are used are the gills, the nose, the belly, and the back. Each type of bait will require certain types of hook positioning.
- Bait size. Hook positioning depends generally on the size of the bait. For instance, the smaller fishes such as the anchovies should be hooked at the nose or near the gills. This will allow the fish to live and swim under the water, and attract your prized fish. Keep in mind, however, that the dorsal fin should never be damaged while hooking the fish. Otherwise, the smaller fishes used as bait will not be able to swim. Larger fishes can be baited at the back or in the belly, since they are generally stronger. Small fish will usually die when hooked at the belly or at the back.
Once you have determined all of these factors, you can at last take your bait and hook it. When hooking makes sure that you do as little damage to the bait, in order to keep it alive longer and keep it strong. Also make sure that you do not hook the bait until you are going to cast the line, since doing so earlier will cause the bait to weaken.