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Smelt are one of the most versatile of all pike baits. When ledgering or poppin-up fish with upper treble in the tail of the bait and the lower treble in the top of the body. When fishing sink and draw, or in rivers, fish 'head-up' the trace, with the top hook through both jaws and the lower hook in the flank. When fishing on a float paternoster or drifter, fish with the top treble just on front of the dorsal fin and the lower treble under the chin.
A must-have bait in every pike anglers cool box. Large smelt are ideal for pike and specimen zander.
These small estuarine fish have accounted for a huge number of pike and zander over the years and have several things in their favour:
Tough skin means they can be cast long distances and even used for wobbling and sink-and-draw style fishing
Unique 'cucumber-like' smell, that predators find irresistible
Pale colour stands out well and can be seen from distance, also perfect for dyeing with our Bait Dyes.
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