Protecting fish bait

How to stop wear and tear of soft rubber bait
Author: Marquito und Schnöki, Insel Fehmarn, Germany
The soft rubber bait that even laymen know is part of a basic fisherman equipment. In addition to the hook on the lead head, fishermen like to add a little treble hook to the bait - to increase the fishing quota if the fish only nibbles on the bait.

Existing problem with wear and tear

The little additional hook is attached to a short string. To avoid that the treble hook just flaps around in the water, fishermen used to pierce one of the three hooks into the tail of the bait. Unfortunately, the predatory fish rips out the hook when it bites, which damages the material and soon the expensive bait is no longer usable, because a tattered fish doesn't attract a predator anymore.

Solution

I was able to solve this cost-intensive wear and tear problem with a super magnet! I embedded a small disc magnet S-04-03-N into the body of the bait, which keeps the loose treble hook in position until the predatory fish grabs it. The hook comes off without damaging the material.
Magnet inside the bait
Magnet inside the bait
This does not only protect the soft material, it also has another advantage: All three hooks of the treble hook hang loosely and can dig into the fish mouth without any rubber material in the way.

Inserting the magnet

A sharp knife can create a small indentation for the magnet. Push the magnet with some adhesive into the opening so the elastic material encloses the magnet. The tighter it sits the better it stays in place and protects from water entering and the resulting rust.
Position of the small disc magnet
Position of the small disc magnet
In this example, "Pattex Superglue Ultra Gel" was used because it stays elastic after it dries.
Most of the time some adhesive bubbles over and thereby automatically seals the opening. If not, apply some adhesive to that effect afterwards.
Check the spot from time to time to avoid rusting.
If you are handy and able to apply a thin adhesive layer, you can use small magnets. If you want to be on the safe side and apply adhesive generously, you can use larger magnets. They still have enough adhesive force through the thicker adhesive layer. For larger hooks (e.g. pike fishing) you should use stronger magnets.

Additional application area

But the magnetic rubber bait can do even more: You can almost offer the bait free-floating in the water if you attach a small corkscrew. In order to achieve a very natural swim position, the bait needs to be well balanced, whereas the magnet functions as a small keel weight!
Good luck with copying this application and tight lines!
Note from the supermagnete team: If you want to benefit from this magnetic bait for a long time, you need to make sure that the magnet is embedded absolutely waterproof, otherwise the neodymium magnet will start to rust over time. An alternative could be ferrite disc magnets, which are rustproof but significantly weaker than neodymium magnets.

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