In like manner, where do you hook a live minnow? While there are many ways you can hook your minnows, one of the simplest is to hook the minnow through its lower and upper lips. This method allows the minnow to swim and move around relatively freely. However, hooking your minnow through its lip will prevent it from being able to draw water into its gills.
That, how do you rig live bait?
Do you use a bobber with minnows?
Minnows can be fished in a variety of ways. Floating them beneath a fishing bobber is an effective tactic in spring because so many fish are in the shallows and you can allow the bait to swim suspended near cover with this rig. This is a great technique for pickerel, bass, crappies and catfish.
Minnows are a popular baitfish for species such as bass, bluegill, crappie, brown trout, walleye, northern pike, and muskellunge. Minnows are most effective as baitfish when hooked correctly; the correct way to hook a minnow depends on how you plan to fish it.
Fill your container with distilled water or water from a lake or creek right before you buy the minnows or quickly after you do. The water should be cold, as the fish need a cool temperature to stay alive. The chemicals in tap water can kill your minnows, so don't use it to keep the minnows in.
Hook, Line, and Sinker Attach 1 or 2 sinkers, 6 to 12 inches above the hook. This weight will keep your bait or lure down in the water and will help swing it away from shore. A bobber lets you know when fish are biting, because it moves up and down in the water as fish nibble at the bait.
To make a bait swim away yet stay near the surface, hook the jack through the back, just forward of the dorsal fin. Placing the hook through the back, but forward of the tail, causes the fish to swim deep and away from the boat.
Another big advantage to not using a bobber is you'll get more solid hook sets. Believe it or not, bobbers can prevent a direct line between your hook and your rod tip. If you fishing without a bobber, your line will go straight to your hook giving you excellent hook-setting power.
Do Bobbers Scare FishBobbers do not normally scare fish because your line should be suspended at least 24 to 36 inches away from the the hook, so it will usually look like a piece of floating debris. The fish will be able to see it, but should not be scared of it, unless your line has just hit the water.