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Disguise your hook

When using Shrimp (prawn) as bait it should be put on the hook with the tail end first, so that the body of the shrimp curls up in the shape of the hook.

Fisherman mostly put the shrimp on the hook head first, but that causes the shrimp to fall off more easily. Fish normally do not mind if the shell is left on, although some people prefer to de-shell the shrimp. De-shelling the shrimp take up valuable time, and tend to make the shrimp soggy. Try to keep the hook entirely in the shrimp when threading through. It is advised to take the head off, as it makes the prawn too big with the head left on. The prawn heads can be used for attracting fish by chumming.
Octopus tentacles should thread over the hook, as in the case of prawn. By threading the bait over the hook, it forms a good disguise for the hook.
An excellent bait to use is squid, as it is difficult for nibbling fish to get it off the hook. Further more squid is easy to put on a hook. Try to disguise the hook when threading the squid over the hook, and use
some of the softer parts of the squid as some fish might not like the harder parts.
Mullie, small fish or any white bait should be hooked with at least three hooks to prevent it from sliding off the hook.
The preferred bait of most fishermen is pilchard. Here it is important to put the bait on the hook with the skin on the inside and flesh on the outside. Put the hook through the skin in order for the bait to stay on the hook.

 
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