The Bait Release Rig – also called Baitfish Release Rig in my book Pike Fever – is made to maximize thye landing rate by creating maximum exposure of the hooks enabling you to use smaller and better penetrating hooks compared with rigs where the hooks are set directly in the baitfish. This version of the rig I developed in co-operation with Mr. Pike/Zebco Europe.
On this rig the hooks are dangling freely under the baitfish. It can be used for many purposes but is especially well suited for trolling and mid water sub-float paternoster tactics. For trolling the front single hook is mounted in the upper or lower lip of the baitfish and the small singlehook in the rear end of the rig is mounted fx in the anal fin, so the hooks dangles 1-2 centimeter under the bait. Often it is an advantage to set this hook in the root of the fin, where the hook often will get the most solid grip. Never set hook through both upper and lower lip on a live baitfish, because it will inhibit a free waterflow over the gills causing the fish to die quicker.
For sub-float paternoster, the baitfish is mounted with the larger single hook in the tail and the smaller single in the head of the baitfish. When mounted this way the live baitfish will tend to swim away from the main-line + breaklink to the lead, and thereby reduce the risk of tangle on the set-up.
The rig is tied on white coated Ghost Wire from Mr. Pike – a color that gives the best counterlight camouflage, when seen from below where the pike normally attacks. Or in other words – this white wire is the most “invisible” wire giving the best and most elegant presentation when fishing in the open midwater or surface. The rigs is availabe with hooksizes from 8 – 2 where the biggest are used for the largest baitfish.