Kob Trace and Bait Presentation (Pilchard & Chokka Wrap Bait & Skinned Mullet)

Kob Trace and Bait Presentation (Pilchard &amp Chokka Wrap Bait &amp Skinned Mullet)by Brett Harrishttps://kingfisher.co.za/ckfinder/userfiles/images/Top%20Kob%20Bait%2001.jpgWhat you are going to need:Hook snoot line between 30 &ndash 60 Lbs2 x Swivels (Main line swivel slightly larger than sinker swivel)Plastic Bead (Used between main and sinker swivels)6/0 &ndash 8/0 Hook (pictured 8/0 Claw Hook)1/0 Trailer hook (pictured Kendal 1/0, eye bent back)Foam floatTooth pickSinkerCottonul>https://kingfisher.co.za/ckfinder/userfiles/images/2.jpgMy favourite baits combo has to be Chokka and Pilchard wrap. A very close second would be and skinned Mullet.PilchardMulletChokkahttps://kingfisher.co.za/ckfinder/userfiles/images/3.jpgMy completed trace looks like this. I use this sliding trace in calm or deep water and simply make a fixed trace when fishing shallow or turbulent waters.https://kingfisher.co.za/ckfinder/userfiles/images/4.jpgI like using the Claw hooks because they have a nice wide gape and a long and very sharp spade. I do sharpen the spade slightly to give it a needle sharp point. A good tip it to check this constantly whilst fishing as they will often bend or blunt during a session. They also feature the bent back eye which gives the hook that little bit more action when setting the hook.The foam also seats nicely onto the bent back eye on the hook and allows the tooth pick to come through at an angle to secure the chokka better. I don&rsquot like using a lot of foam and only put enough on to float the bait without becoming the bait!https://kingfisher.co.za/ckfinder/userfiles/images/5.jpgWhen using chokka try to find the freshest bait. If it is pink its sour and the fish with the exception of Barbel and flat fish will by the large leave it alone! Also find BIG chokka, these have thick flesh and contain all the essential oil which attract fish.Tip, I don&rsquot like wasting bait and till cut my chokka into large tubes keeping the rest frozen until and if I need it.https://kingfisher.co.za/ckfinder/userfiles/images/6.jpgWhen using chokka never throw away the guts. These are always used as added attractant and I will often beat these into the chokka with the mallet. The acid sacks and stomach sections I often bind onto the completed baits.https://kingfisher.co.za/ckfinder/userfiles/images/7.jpgTrim the edges of the chokka and shape a long pointed &lsquotea drop&rsquo piece to be used as bait.https://kingfisher.co.za/ckfinder/userfiles/images/8.jpgIts important to mallet the chokka to get all the oils released. These oils are what attracts the fish once released into the water. Chokka have two distinct sides, mallet the chokka on the fleshy side with the skin side on the bottom. I do not mallet the two tails that I have cut as these would become soft and make an easy meal the the small toothed brigade! Also don&rsquot mallet to close to the tails as this will help the little critters to tear the tails off your main bait.https://kingfisher.co.za/ckfinder/userfiles/images/9.jpgYour chokka is now read to go onto the hook and to be wrapped with bait cotton.https://kingfisher.co.za/ckfinder/userfiles/images/10.jpgAlways wrap your bait with the flesh to the outside and skin to the inside. I have put the hook through the hard part of the chokka between the two cut tails.https://kingfisher.co.za/ckfinder/userfiles/images/11.jpgI use a lot of cotton on the chokka as this is my base bait and I don&rsquot want the tiny tooth brigade pecking it off before it has the chance to attract the kob. I also make certain that I wind a few good turns of cotton around the bottom of the bait and between the two tails and around the hook. This prevents the bait from slipping down into the gape of the hook. This essentially locks the bait in place on the shaft of the hook. I also wind a lot of cotton to where the tooth pick lies this again locks the bait in place.https://kingfisher.co.za/ckfinder/userfiles/images/13.jpgChokka is now ready to have the cutlet of pilchard added. I have also not introduced the trailer hook into the bait yet.https://kingfisher.co.za/ckfinder/userfiles/images/14.jpgI like to use the tail section of the pilchard, back bone and all. I simply cut the tail off at an angle and then cut the body just short of the stomach. You can use any part of the pilchard for the &lsquodressing&rsquo.I only use the pilchard as added attractant and in most cases the peckers chomp this off in minutes. I do believe that it starts a small bait ball under the water as the little critters attack the pilchard. This I believe also helps attract the Kob.The competed bait with the trailer hook is not read to go looking for kob!https://kingfisher.co.za/ckfinder/userfiles/images/15.jpgMullet are also firm favourite bait. They contain large amounts of oils and are a very attractive meal to many fish. I like to peel the skin off mullets as this constantly allows the oils to be released into the water. Mullets also have very thick skin and large hard scales and this will often deter a pick up if left in their natural state.https://kingfisher.co.za/ckfinder/userfiles/images/16.jpgBefore I peel the skin off I clip off the two pectoral fins as the skin will often tear into the flesh if they are left on. I make a shallow cut just behind the gill plates and go right around the body. Using needle nose pliers you can simply peel off the skin, scales and all.https://kingfisher.co.za/ckfinder/userfiles/images/17.jpgThe mullet completely peeled off and ready to go onto the hook.https://kingfisher.co.za/ckfinder/userfiles/images/18.jpgcut the mullet in half at an angle just in front of the anal fin. This includes the guts of the fish into the main bait.https://kingfisher.co.za/ckfinder/userfiles/images/19.jpgThread the hook through the body of the mullet twice. Once from the body section and out just before the head. The second time through the body and out through the skull between the eyes.Cotton the bait up and down the body and lock the hook in place by turning the cotton around the hook and back over the bait. This again locks the bait and ensures that the bait does not slip down over the gape of the hook.https://kingfisher.co.za/ckfinder/userfiles/images/21.jpgUse the left over section of the mullet and cut the two fillets from either side. These again contain stax of oils and add more flesh to the bait.https://kingfisher.co.za/ckfinder/userfiles/images/22.jpgThe completed mullet bait ready to go hunting Kob!!https://kingfisher.co.za/ckfinder/userfiles/images/23.jpgThe two completed Kob baits!Happy HuntingTight Lines,Trophy (aka Brett Harris)https://kingfisher.co.za/ckfinder/userfiles/images/24.jpg

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