There are many different live bait rigs, but the following method is one I have used quite often all over the world. It's one of the best live bait rigs for marlin and serious anglers should add this to their arsenal. It will work for nearly any live bait, especially those trolling live bait for marlin. For this live bait marlin rig, we generally use a light leader for our bait-catching rigs, so I make sure to have a landing net on board to land the bait from the water. I quickly remove the bait from the net and turn it upside-down, cradling it like a football in my left hand and arm (I'm right-handed, so reverse this if you're a lefty). By turning the fish upside-down, the fish becomes disoriented long enough to get the hook positioned properly on the nose of the bait.