Catching bait

Is there a better way to catch bait fish?

There are three excellent methods to catch bait fish. The amount and size of bait fish you are seeking will determine which choice is best for your situation. Sabiki rigs are excellent for catching small amounts of bait very quickly. A sabiki rig consists of several small jigs with golden hooks. It is either cast into the water and retrieved or vertically jigged over the side of a boat, pier or seawall that has schools of bait fish near. These rigs come in various sizes. Small sabiki rigs are used to catch pilchards and other tiny species. Sabiki rigs come a variety of sizes to catch other species like pinfish. I have even caught game fish like Crevalle Jacks that weigh several pounds on these rigs. If you have time to wait bait traps will catch the largest amount of bait. These traps are generally made of wire and can be quite large. You put bait inside the trap and the fish swim in to feed until the trap is lifted. The key concept behind these traps in the entrances. They are made in a manner that makes it easy for the fish to enter the trap but very difficult for it to leave. You can easily catch dozens of fish if you have several hours to wait. The cast night can give you the best of both worlds. You can catch large amounts of bait in a short period of time. Unlike the above methods however use of a cast net requires skill that is only achieved through practice and is not the best choice for a beginner who needs results quickly.

Daniel Eggertsen
Dan Eggertsen is a fellow saltwater fishing enthusiast to the point of obsession. :) He's been providing solid advice on saltwater fishing since 2004.

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