Here you see how we have inserted the main hook just to the side of the pillies gills and pushing the point up through the head. This helps to keep the pillie intact. The keeper hook is inserted further down to give better bait presentation and to hold everything in place. Wrap some bait elastic or cotton around the whole deal for further security if desired.
Here is a pilchard cut in half. Try to make a diagonal cut to expose more flesh and blood juices. Insert the hooks in the same manner as above and wrap bait elastic to hold everything securely.
Next time you go out fishing, try this awesome cocktail bait concoction. Here I have first threaded on a fresh mussel passing the main hook through several times, then I threaded on a small pilchard tail (just hooked through once) and then threaded on a strip of squid. The squid helps hold the other baits on the hook. Lastly, use the keeper hook to hold up the mussel on the shank of the main hook. Wrapping with bait elastic will ensure everything stays in place.