How to Hook Live Anchovy Bait

by Quinn Marshall
Anchovy are as effective as they are smelly.

Anchovy are as effective as they are smelly.

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Live bait is arguably the most effective fishing bait that can be used. A live anchovy, when hooked properly, can swim around and create a commotion while hooked, attracting the attention of nearby predators and luring them in. A properly hooked anchovy can live for an hour or longer while hooked, while a poorly hooked anchovy will either be paralyzed instantly, rendering it useless, or will bleed out and die of shock within minutes.

Mouth

Step 1

Grasp the live anchovy's sides firmly.

Step 2

Insert the fishing hook's tip beneath the anchovy's mouth and pierce it through the fish's bottom lip into and out of the top lip.

Step 3

Cast the anchovy gently; a strong cast could cause the anchovy to tear free of the hook.

Spine

Step 1

Grasp the anchovy just behind the gills.

Step 2

Locate the anchovy's spine by rubbing its sides.

Step 3

Insert the hook directly beneath the spine. Piercing the spine will cause paralysis, while piercing the body too low could result in organ damage and quick death.

Tail

Step 1

Hold the anchovy firmly.

Step 2

Lift a scale from the middle of the tail using your fingernail.

Step 3

Insert the hook through the exposed part of the tail and out the other side.

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