hooking sardines

SC McCarty

Well-Known Member
There have been a lot of small sardines at Hueneme. I have been attempting to use them as bait with little success. I hooked the first one above the anal fin. It stayed on the hook, though the front 3/4 of the sardine was bitten off. Later attempts had poor fish survival. I tried through the nostrils, an around the pectoral girdle, with the same results. My last attempt was under the dorsal fin. That fish stayed lively for more than an hour, but did not attract ay attention at various places along the pier.

What are your preferred methods of hooking sardines?