Mussel and crab baits need to be "tied" to the hook if a cast of any distance is required.
By far the most effective method is by using fine baiting elastic, available from most tackle shops. The mussel should first be placed on the hook by passing the hook through the tongue and circular grizzle of each mussel.
Baiting elastic is then wound around the bait quite tightly to form a cocoon around the bait. Make sure the barb is left uncovered. Crab should first have the hook passed in and out of the leg sockets and body before wrapping.
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