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Spooled1 came up with the following advice on live rigging for large pelagics. He recommends using a bait needle to rig the hook on a rubber band as a bridle rather than using fishing line.

He says: "With a moderate drag setting, circle hooks regularly set themselves better on the strike. The bridle rig alows the fish to swim properly in a slow troll without suffering hook damage through the nostril."

Do a cats paw on a circle hook then hook the rubber band onto the bait needle

http://www.akff.net/forum/hosted_images/bait1_190.jpg

Thread the needle through the soft spot on the eye socket.

http://www.akff.net/forum/hosted_images/bait2_191.jpg

Loop the rubber band on and around the hook and finish off by looping over the hook point.

http://www.akff.net/forum/hosted_images/bait3_146.jpg

The finished rig

http://www.akff.net/forum/hosted_images/bait4_159.jpg

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