Catching Bait

How can I catch my own bait ?

It is very easy to catch your own bait if you have the time and proper equipment. Using freshly caught bait will certainly improve your catch ratio and help the pocketbook as well. There are three common methods for catching bait, each with different advantages over the other. If you don’t wish to buy and equipment at all you can catch bait with a rod and reel. I live to use a small hook topped with a piece of shrimp. It works best with a chum bag over the boat to attract bait fish. You can then simply catch the baitfish by putting your hook in the slick created by the chum. A sabiki rig is an excellent tool used to catch bait. This rig ties to your line and contains anywhere from five to seven small jigs with gold hooks. The size of the hooks varies depending on the size of bait you are trying to catch. You simply find a location that holds bait fish and cast the rig and retrieve slowly. You will often catch more than one fish per cast. Using a cast net is another approach. A cast net requires practice to be able to throw it effectively. Once mastered, you can catch several dozen fish in a single cast. Finally you can also use a fish trap. These traps are generally about 24″ long by 12″ high. They are baited with chum and simply allowed to sit on the bottom and collect bait fish.

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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