The best way to keep liver bait on the hook is to get some Bait Baggies off ebay, You can make some awesome baits with them. Hope they come out in stores soon but right now I just see them on ebay. No hassles or problems. You can make up your baits before you go fishing, let them season a few days if you want. I've made liver baits and sardine baits and cheese baits, They are the way to go for bait fishermen. I'll never use anything else.