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The Pitbull Tackle Crowbar Baiter is a traditonal style salmon trolling hook, used by salmon fishermen up and down the coast for generations. This style of hook is a popular choice when rigging up dead baitfish such as anchovies or herring. The crowbar style hook allows for a clean bait presentation and creates a consistent spinning action as the bait is trolled through the water. The Pitbull Tackle Crowbar Baiter retains the same shape and dimensions as the original design, but improvements were made in the construction and design of this hook. The Pitbull Tackle Crowbar Baiter utilizes a razor sharp, stainless-steel Diamond Point™ hook which offers ultimate strength and corrosion resistance. Each package also includes a pin-and-wire wrap used for rigging (see rigging details below). If you troll bait each salmon season check out the Pitbull Tackle Crowbar Baiter to help you put more fish in the boat.
Start by laying out the baits which you intend on rigging. Rigging multiple extra baits right off the bat will help if you are replacing baits often. Letting the baits thaw in a brine before rigging them will greatly help the durability of your baits. Once they are fully thawed, take your first bait to prepare to rig. (The bait is rigged by starting from the anus/vent area and threading the hook all the way through the fish and out the mouth. The metal loops on the end of the hook shaft should be just slightly protruding from the baits mouth, and the hook should be exiting the baits side with the hook point down.)Start by piercing the side of the baitfish with the front end of the hook. Carefully apply pressure and push the hook through the center of the bait. The ultimate goal is to have the flat surface on the front of the hook exit out of the bait's mouth without breaking the skin. Once the hook has gone through the entire bait and the hook is fully enclosed (the only part of the hook exposed should be the round bend and hook point), twist the hook point down towards the underside of the fish. This will cause the bait to slightly bend or curve. To secure the hook within the bait, use the included pin and wire to wrap the mouth closed and keep the hook in place. The wire at the top of the hook (now inside the baitfish's mouth) has two loops. The front most loop is where you will clip the bait into your leader. The next loop back from that is where the pin should be fed through. Take the pin and poke through the bottom of the baitfish's jaw, up through the mouth, through the second loop on the hook, and out the top of the head. Now simply take the wire and wrap it around the head. This will secure your hook in place and keep the mouth of the baitfish closed. The small rigging pins oftentimes fall off when fish are hooked up, so Pitbull Tackle also offers replacement Pin-and-Wire 10 Packs to ensure that every angler can be properly prepared. Simply repeat the process on the desired number of baits and you are ready to fish.
WARNING: This product can expose you to chemicals including Di(2-ethylhexyl)phthalate (DHEP) and lead, which are known to the State of California to cause cancer, and birth defects or other reproductive harm. For more information, go to www.P65Warnings.ca.gov