When casting a small spot,I thread the hook carfully through the bottom of the lip,so it lines up with the "nose holes" on top and usually come out on the top through the "nose hole". Minnows,at least mud minnows are pretty tough so I just come through the top,well in front of any vitals in thier "puter" of course..
If your fishing for Rock the best way to hook live white perch is under the dorsel fin,between the fin and back bone,don't nick the back bone or you will eather injure or kill it. You can also use bunker(live)or 9" croaker or what ever bait you can catch. I learned this along time ago fishing for Musky in Minn. with my dad.
HuskyMD- you can through them out a little ways from the pier or the shore,when PLSP didn't have those rocks lining the bulk head it was great and I use to through them out 50yrds. or better for those Chomper Blues back in the late 70's. But I hear on the coast VA.beach,OBX their catching 8 to 12lb. Blues.
If you are liveling them like they said hook them in the back. You can throw them out about 50-75 yds like trigger said. Also a little secret: Cut a little bit of the tail fin off the fish and some of the dorsal fin. This makes them swim more sporadic. Enticing the larger fish Plus it makes the fish easier to swallow.
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