You are allowed 6 hooks on your sabiki because it is a bait rig. If you were to use it for perch, it would be illegal. This info is coming from a DNR guy. The sabiki I picked up the other day has a size 5 hook on it and the mainline is to heavy if you ask me. Backcast has the light line ones last I knew.
I've posted on this topic before, and at the risk of repeating myself; Michigan regs permit 2 lines and 4 hooks. There is no rule against 4 hooks on one line. I wrote the DNR on the issue, and only received a phone call from a sgt. in law enforcement. She shared that sabakis were not crawler harnesses, nor covered by the unlimited hooks in designated smelt waters. As a rule the most frequent violation on the piers is not too many lines (though most sabaki users generally use too many lines), it is too many hooks. If you wanted to be catching alewives and fishing salmon at the same time; it would be legal to have one live alewife in the water; and be jigging a three hook sabaki.
A 2 hook sabiki will work almost as well as the 6-8 hook models and lower the risk of tangling and injuries from those tiny hooks.:rant: It's also much more cost effective to buy a 6-8 hook sabiki and cut it in half to make 2. Another trick is to use small sections of those foam pool noodles to store sabikis. It stops them from getting tangled and helps cut down on the number of hooks in your clothing.
Gander Mountain in Grandville had them yesterday I didnt notice what size but they did have them. A new bait shop on M-104 has them, and Shoreline Service in Muskegon has smelt rigs which are pretty much the same thing except they have 4 hooks.
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