How do you mount mackerel as tope bait?

Or a question for you all. When you mount a mackerel flapper as bait for tope how do you hook it? I tend to thread the hook down through the mouth and out of the belly. Most times the hook stands proud but on occasion the point turns back into the belly of the mackerel and leads to dropped fish.

Is there any merit to just hooking the flapper through the top lip in the same way that a live bait would be hooked?

Your input would be greatly appreciated. If the weather holds as forecast for Saturday I plan to have a day targeting tope in Cardigan Bay.



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