Using Prawns for Bait article.
Using Prawns for bait are easy to collect and one of the deadliest baits that you are ever likely to find. If you think about it, prawns or shrimps are found just about everywhere around the British Isles, they are abundant, most species of fish like them, they are full of scent, they have an unmistakable look and yet most anglers dismiss them or have never tried them as a sea fishing bait. Collecting prawns or shrimps is not difficult at all, though you do need a decent net. You can find them around rocky pools, try to stay away from rock pools with masses of floating weed about it and you want to be looking for pools that don't completely dry out as the tide recedes.
Prawns will attract the attention of the likes of wrasse, bass, black bream, whiting, pollack, coalfish, gurnard, flatfish, rays especially thornbacks, plus other species. A live prawn kicks and flicks through the water attracting all the fish in the vicinity to investigate what is going on. They are one of the best effective baits available if fished properly.
A couple of methods employed to present them on a hook is to use a thin wire type aberdeen hook about size 3/0, you will need to vary the hook size depending on what fish you want to catch. A larger hook obviously hampers the prawns swimming ability, so it's a case of hooking power against natural presentation, you will need to be the judge.
If float fishing, then insert the hook in the first segment above the tail from underneath the prawn and push it right through, that will allow the prawn to stay alive for quite some time and let it 'swim'. You could go as high as the fourth segment but my preference is just above the tail. Any approaching fish will make it more lively and you will have a better chance of attracting the fish to the bait.
If fishing on the bottom and casting with any sort of power at all then mount the prawn on the hook by pushing the hook through the first segment above the tail, pull the hook right through, insert the hook back through the same segment and pull right through, reinsert the hook through the fourth or fifth segment and pull right through, insert the hook back through the same segment and pull right through, insert the hook through the segment just behind the head but making sure you miss the black spot. If you do go through the black spot you will instantly kill the prawn!
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