Since many boats don't have huge live wells, hair hook
no more than a dozen baits.
Once you have them chummed up you can either break out the castnet or catch them with a hair hook
. Sometimes the hair hook
will be your only option as they will be too skittish to throw the net.
Well, from sabiki hair hook
to pitch rod circle hook, that little sardine was sucked down in what seemed a matter of seconds.
Chum them to the boat then castnet or hair hook
as many as your livewell can comfortably hold.
Use 4-to 6-pound tackle, a hair hook
rigged with a small cork above, and a tiny piece of fresh shrimp to catch them one at time.
You can't horse a big mullet on a hair hook
, however, so keep the reel's drag fairly loose.
A cane pole, hair hooks
and doughballs made from Wonder Bread was the ticket to one bream after another and another.
Minnesota requires an attractor on this kind of rig and I sometimes put the tiniest blades I can find on the leaders or I just use hair hooks
. With small #6 trebles, I tie the 40-pound to split rings, then run the hooks on.
Those feisty mangos pulled so hard I was surprised the "hair hooks
" didn't straighten out.
You can also catch your own with hair hooks
and breadballs in farm ponds and grove lakes if you have access.
For those who prefer diving in the morning, there is the alternate game plan we've developed: clean the scallops in the boat, ice properly, and use the leftover scraps as pin-fish bait, catching them on hair hooks
or baited sabiki rigs.
10 sabiki rigs or just hair hooks
with small squid or shrimp pieces.