When Using Cut Bait Is It Better To Cut It In Chunks Or Strips For Saltwater Fishing?

When using cut bait is it better to cut it in chunks or strips for saltwater fishing?

You may be wondering about how to cut your bait.  Is it better to go with chunks of bait for your fish or do they prefer strips? Let us talk about that.  This question really does depend on the type of fish you are after and the kind of bait you are using.  The following list should help you decide if you want to strip cut your bait or chunk it!

If you are using bloodworms and fishing for small bottom fish (such as sea mullet, croakers, or spot) bloodworms work well.  You should cut them into inch long pieces and simply lace them onto your hook.

Squid works well when fishing for almost any fish, and they can be cut into strips or chunks and used quite effectively.  Squid strips are particularly effective bait for flounder and gray trout.

Another good bait is jumping mullet.  This bait works well when filleted and cut into strips.  The strips work best when cut to fit your hook size.

The real trick is to keep your bait as fresh and natural looking as possible.  For example, if you are fishing a squid popular area with cut bait, be sure to us a chunk followed by a strip hanging off the end to mimic the appearance of your natural bait in the area.  If you are fishing murky water where the fish hit on practically any bait they can smell, rather than relying on sight, a chunk bait usually stays on the hook a little better.

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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