Conventional wisdom tells us, for a prawn to catch fish, it has to spin when you’re trolling (not backbouncing). Ed McQuary offered me this simple rig many years ago. Since that time, it has produced many, many springers, including the largest I’ve ever hooked on the big water (about 30).
You’ll need a Pro-Cure Bait Threader to work with prawns. Because you have to thread each bait, tie some extra leaders and rig multiple baits. When it’s time to change your bait, cut off the whole leader and tie on a new one with the bait ready to go. I use a 2/0 or 3/0 hook, tied with an egg loop on 20- to 25-pound leader.
1. Begin with a prawn, threader and leader.
2. Leave the prawn folded over and run the threader between the eyes and directly at the point on the prawns back. Exit the prawn to the side of the centerline.
3. Nestle the hook into the prawn’s face, with the hook point facing down, between the prawn’s head and tail.
4. Run a half hitch on the center of the prawn’s body, where you drew the leader through. Place a rubber band (Bob’s Bait Wrap, or dental band) both over the half hitch and on the prawn’s head to secure it for trolling.
You may have to fiddle with the placement of the half hitch to get familiar with this rig. Once done, a nice “old school” roll comes from the prawn. It’s important to let a fish eat this bait. If you try to strike, you’ll miss, as the hook is buried. Let the rod go down and line come off the reel. The fish will seal its own fate. This is a great rig for slow trolling and in the anchor fisheries (with the exception of Bonneville-water is too fast).
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