Bait Selection

What baits should I use to catch Florida saltwater fish?

When fishing for saltwater fish in the state of Florida there are a variety of baits to use. The correct bait can change depending on the time of year and location you are fishing. The species of fish you are angling for of course also has a great impact on your choice of bait. A large lively shrimp is the most widely used bait in Florida. You can catch just about anything on a shrimp. The most common catch will be snappers but you can also pull in Flounder, Trout, Snook, Redfish and even Tarpon in excess of one hundred pounds using a shrimp for bait. I like to hook the shrimp once through the tail; many other anglers hook them through their upper body. Generally this bait will not be in the water long enough to make a difference when you are in right spot. For larger fish the preferred bait of choice is a live pinfish. Pinfish resemble the bluegill in many ways. They have the same body shape and sharp dorsal fin. They are excellent bait if you want to eliminate Snappers and other smallish fish from your potential catch. I have caught dozens of various shark species using pinfish. You can also catch large snook, redfish, jacks and many other fish using the pinfish for bait. If you are targeting a very large Tarpon or Permit then a large blue crab makes excellent bait. Sometimes when more conventional baits fail using a lively crab will entice a very large fish to strike.

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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