Hard backed crabs, a popular Smoothound bait can prove a little tricky to hook and present well. There are two simple solutions for you as follows

Hooking Crab No 1

I am not as keen on this method as crabs have feelings! But you remove a leg and thread the crab on, making sure the hook point is proud.

Hooking Crab no 2

This is much more crab friendly – simply get your crab and use elastic bands or bait elastic to attach the crab to the hook. The knack is not getting nipped.

The most important element is making sure the hook point is well exposed, allowing for a sound hooking action.

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