The Pike Wobbling Rig rig I like to use, has a size 8 double hook for securing the deadbait and a treble at the end to hook the Pike.
For most of my Pike wobbling, I like the hooks to be three inches apart. Generally right for mounting Smelt, Roach and deadbaits of a similar size. A little weight in the form of a swan shot or two can be added to help sink the bait, especially on the river. I make my own Pike traces as described in my article – How to tie a wire trace for pike fishing.
Hooking the deadbait
Pass the large side of the double hook through the mouth and out of the skull or eye socket of the bait. Then hook the smaller side through the lower jaw for an extra purchase. Deeply impale the barbed point of the end treble hook into the flank of the deadbait. I find the bait will stay on the hook for maybe ten casts, even quite hard cast, when mounted this way.
Some anglers prefer a trace with two treble hooks. Others use a large single hook pushed up through jaw and skull. So long as the bait stays on, I don’t suppose it really matters.
How to wobble for Pike
The wobbling rig is used to imitate the movements of a distressed fish. When casting out, allow the bait to sink to the bottom. Retrieve the bait at irregular intervals using erratic movements. Certainly try bringing the bait up in the water and letting it flutter back down. Also jerk the bait or move the bait in any way that emulate a fish in trouble. If all goes well, a Pike will be fooled into taking the bait believing it to be an easy meal.
Adopt a methodical approach moving along the bank trying all likely spots. Cast all around each swim to actively search for a Pike. If a hungry Pike is present, there is a good chance it will take.
Wobbling for Pike is a good way of covering a lot of water, using a proven method, that frequently catches Pike.
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