- Remove the bonito fillet and trim to a teardrop shape.
- Evenly shave off most of the flesh, leaving the skin intact, and then cut a quarter-inch channel down the long center of the fillet, carefully removing most of the meat without puncturing the skin.
- Fit a 10/0 (or 9/0 for smaller baits) Mustad 7691 hook in the desired position on the longer end of the teardrop, and make a small incision for the barb to pass through on the centerline of the belly. The hook eye will not be inside the bait but sitting right on the top edge when folded over. Stitch the hook in place.
- Starting at the head, fold the bait in half, and begin a series of cross-stitches along the back of the bait, leaving the tail section unstitched.
- Crimp a 6-foot 300-pound-test monofilament leader to the hook, then slide on an octopus skirt to snugly cover the head of the bait.