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How to Guide a Live Bait

A free-lined live bait generally goes where it wants

January 19, 2018
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Live bait generally goes where it wants, but you have some control. Illustration by Steve Sanford

A free-lined live bait generally goes where it wants, but it can be steered. When fish are lying down in the water column and you don’t want the encumbrance of a lead weight, hook the bait low and forward. It will resist the pressure of the line and swim away while the hook placement guides it into the depths.

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