Here is a variation of my previous double hook strip with wire leader. I use monofilament or fluorocarbon leader when I’m targeting dolphin, tuna or billfish. The double hook also offers some protection from an unexpected fish with teeth, like wahoo and kingfish.
I’m going to refer you to the previous tip to see how to make the double hook sets from the appropriate sized Mustad hooks. Building the hook set is the same and so is the rigging. It is very forgiving if you are new to rigging baits compared to a ballyhoo and it will last much longer in the water.
You also gain the benefit of the bait holding up to multiple bites until the hook finds the spot.
Bait Rigging Tip
First tie or crimp your mono leader to the double hooks. Either one works well, but crimps do better for heavier mono. I usually crimp anything over 80-pound test because the knots start to get bulky.
Now lay the hooks alongside the strip and make note of where the second hook needs to pass through.
I always put a sea witch lure in front of the strip bait and the hair hides the shank of the lead hook and the rigging.
Not all fish make good belly strips. My favorites are dolphin, little tunny(bonita), mullet, and cobia. I always save the bellies from these fish from previous trips and salt them and freeze for the future. Here is how to make the strips: