Tandem-Hook Dead-Bait Rig

How to add a trailer hook to a jig-and-bait combination to boost your hookups

Tandem-Hook Dead-Bait Rig
The trailer hook should fit loosely so the bait swims naturally.Illustration by Steve Sanford

When casting or deep-jigging dead baits, eliminate bait-stealing short strikes with a tandem hook. Slide a second hook eye over the jig hook, pointing up, opening the eye slightly with pliers if necessary. Run the jig hook through the head of the bait, and the trailer hook though the body. Make sure the bait pulls from the head so it runs straight.