Three Techniques to Catch Bait Fish

Bait traps can do what Sabiki rigs cannot.  You can catch large amounts of bait using them, hundreds of fish at a time.  They also work passively; you set them in the water and go about your business while they do all the work catching your bait.

The negative aspects of bait traps are:

1)     They must be left in the water for hours and do not catch bait instantly.
2)     They are more costly than a sabiki rig. A good bait trap can cost fifty dollars.

Bait traps are generally just a strong wire mesh box of about three foot square in size.  There should be a place in the middle of a trap to place the bait, generally a frozen block of ground up fish.

The key is the design of the trap.  Excellent traps are designed so it is easy for the fish to smell the bait and get inside. It must however by many items more difficult for the fish to determine how to move out of the traps once it realizes it has been ensnared by the trap.

It goes without saying that you must set your traps in a spot that holds fish in order for them to work.  Grass flats are perhaps the best place for them to be set.

Cast nets are a third method of catching bait that can be very effective.  They can catch bait very quickly like a sabiki rig can.  They can catch large amounts of bait like a live bait trap except in a very short time span.

Cast nets do all these things but have one somewhat negative aspect. Unlike the methods previously discussed they require a level of proficiency that can only be obtained through practice and dexterity.

When using a cast net you are basically rolling up a net that can be six to eight foot in diameter or greater.  You then have to throw it in a manner that allows the nets to unfold while in the air and hit the water once it is fully spread.  The weighted rim of the net then envelops the net and ensnares the bait within.  If one is unable to cast the net properly it no longer is an effect tool for catching bait.

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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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