How to Bait a Pipi on a Fish Hook

How to Bait a Pipi on a Fish Hook
Pipi are clams that are commonly found along sandy beaches or along sand bars off the coast of New Zealand. Highly prized for the flavor and closely regulated by fisheries management, pipi have a creamy white flesh that is used in many recipes including soups and chowders. Using the line of thought that if people like them, then fish probably do to, pipi can also be used to attract and lure various saltwater game fish. Rigging pipi on a hook is a simple process that most anglers can easily accomplish.


Difficulty: Easy

Things You’ll Need:
  • Clam knife
  • Pipi clams
  • Bait holder hook
Step 1
Use a clam knife to pry open the two halves of the clam shell. Work the edge of the knife around the center of the clam shell until you are able to pull the two halves apart.
Step 2
Remove the pipi clam meat from the shell with the knife or a spoon. Work the edge of the knife or spoon around and under the meat of the clam until you are able to pull it completely away from the shell.
Step 3
Hold a bait holder hook in one hand so that the point, barb and bend of the hook are accessible. Insert the point of the hook through the pipi clam. The clam meat will typically be elongated, so inserting the point of the hook through one end is a good place to start and will allow for more control when baiting the hook.
Step 4
Push the point of the hook through, gathering as much of the clam on the hook as possible. The goal is to cover the hook at least just beyond the bend and onto the shank if possible.
Step 5
Adjust the pipi clam so excessive amounts of the meat do not hang from the hook. Placing as much of the clam as possible on the hook can greatly increase the odds of a good hook set when a fish strikes the pipi clam bait. Insert the point of the hook just under the surface of the clam meat so the fish does not mouth the hook point and release the bait before the hook can be set.

Article Written By Keith Dooley

Keith Dooley has a degree in outdoor education and sports management. He has worked as an assistant athletic director, head coach and assistant coach in various sports including football, softball and golf. Dooley has worked for various websites in the past, contributing instructional articles on a wide variety of topics.

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