You can hook them through the eyes and fish just the head or you can hook them through the tail and fish them live.
There are actually several different ways to your shark bait but I’ve only shown the method I prefer.
Here’s a picture of a very nice bluefish rigged up as shark bait.
If you notice I’ve got 2 hooks on this rig of stainless steel leader.
The bigger the bait the more hooks you need. This bluefish is around 18″ so 2 hooks were needed for good coverage.
I feed the hooks through the mouth and out the gill. Place the first hook (closest to the main line) just below the gill.
Then place subsequent hooks 1 - 2 inches from each other. If you’re using a piece of cut bait you’ll only need a single hook
The next step to rigging your shark bait is critical!
Make sure you bring some wax covered twine or zip ties. This method is used for two reasons.
Its a little more tricky since you’ll need everything setup before you catch your first piece of bait.
You’ll need a single hook leader and you’ll probably want to use a circle hook.
The best place to hook a shark for live baiting them is probably aft of the dorsal fit on the top side.
This should keep him alive for quite a while and give him an injured look which is sure to attack the big boys.