BALANCE A BOTTOM BAIT: STEP 1

Drill three quarters of the way through the bait.

BALANCE A BOTTOM BAIT: STEP 2

Do it carefully, to avoid splitting the bait.

BALANCE A BOTTOM BAIT: STEP 3

You now have a bait ready to be plugged with cork.

BALANCE A BOTTOM BAIT: STEP 4

Push a cork stick into the bait.

BALANCE A BOTTOM BAIT: STEP 5

Trim the cork flush with the bait.

BALANCE A BOTTOM BAIT: STEP 6

This is how your hook bait should look - the cork is barely discernible.

BALANCE A BOTTOM BAIT: STEP 7

Pull the piece of cork out and thread it onto a needle.

BALANCE A BOTTOM BAIT: STEP 8

Slide the cork back into the drilled-out bait and thread the hook bait onto your rig.

Balance a Bottom Bait Mechanics

The best way to make your hook bait appear the same as one of your freebies is to neutralise the weight of the rig, giving the bait natural movement. As Darrell Peck demonstrates right here, the easiest way to do this is to drill out and plug your hook bait with cork.