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I have searched for info on this but am a little confused. When I rig my tipups with smelt, should I use a treble hook attatched directly to the wire leader? Also I heard of guys using a second single hook attatched to the smelt. Thoughts? I know lots of you have more experiance with pike than me. Thanks.
 

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With dead smelt, I have always used what's called a swedish hook. It's huge, and you basically thread the smelt on so it hangs level like it was swimming. You might want to try doing a search about this, I can't remember the title, but we discussed this a couple of weeks ago. I think the title was something like " anyone ever use dead smelt for pike"

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if you set up a quickstrike rig just right, bottom hook through the bottom lip, second hook through the back just beyond the dorsal (or close to it, depending on bait), it should hang horizontally.

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Make sure you break the air bladder next to the spine when you hook them . Usually isnt a problem when you use the swedish hooks . I always carry some #4 & #6 finish nails with me to stick in their mouth to level them up in the water . Also works to break the bladder . You'll know when its not broken because they want to float up when you put them in the water .
 

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mustad makes swede hooks you want i believe 1/0 size the total length of the hook is about 6 or 7 inches thread the smelt from back to front leaving the hook inside just behind its head
 
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