There has been some scattered discussion concerning the pros & cons to using live bait to catch these toothy critters. So, to start this discussion again, I will include a pic or two to show the riggs that do the least amount of damage to the target critter.
This particular rig is used by Frank and who knows how many others. The idea is to hook the fish BEFORE it is swallowed. Materials that are used are: a saltwater treble (Gamakatsu 4x strong, 3/0), a saltwater bait hook (Gamakatsu 4/0), steel 6" leader and a 2" bobber. If you look closely you will see I have included a florocarbon leader (40#). When Frank uses this rig he doesn't use this leader, but ties directly to his braied line. The bobber is placed about four foot above the bait fish. Take notice to the direction of the bait hook which is put through the nose (not brain) of a 6" to 8" perch or bluegill or sunny. The treble is then hooked through the back end of the bait near the backbone. It is then cast out about 40' with the bail left open if using spinning gear or the clicker on if using a bait caster. This will allow you to work another rod for crankbaits or whatever...Just watch the bobber or listen for the clicker! I hope others will provide input to this topic and ideas will be shared.
LM since 2005 Bushwacker Deputy Sherif
from S.E. Pa.