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Thursday December 14, 2017

"It thrills me to take people live bait fishing on the Indian River Lagoon" explains Captain Richard of Lagooner Fishing Guides. People simply aren't aware of the success a great day using bait like shrimp or live finfish can produce. I Often hear "Those aren't shrimp... They don't look like that! I've seen them in the grocery store frozen and they never have antenae and legs.... ewwwwww!" I chuckle when kids play in the livewell with shrimp while the parent reels in fish and remember the facination I had as a youngster when I caught my own bait with my father.

"Which Live Bait is Best and How Do I Use it to Catch Fish?

As with any method of fishing, presentation is the key to success and live bait fishing can be a challenge for those not committed to keeping their bait in the strike zone. A question that's asked frequently is "Which live bait is best and how do I use it to catch fish? This is a great question and is the one I ask myself each time I put bait in the boat. I'm going to attempt to answer this question with one type of bait in various conditions with this article and you can build on it from there with other baits.

Shrimp are readily available in almost any tackle store and bait shop and for the simplicity of this example I'll ask myself a few questions about the bait, the topography, the fish species and the conditions.

  • A shrimp's normal habit if put on a bare hook and left to it's own wanderings is to find shelter quickly, whether in a grassbed, the mud, oysters, rocks, etc... Using a shrimp in a fashion that allows it to hide from preditors is counter productive and usually doesn't result in a successful fishing day unless the predator stumbles upon the bait.
  • A spotted sea trout lives on shrimp and baitfish and can be found in large numbers over thick grassflats. A popping cork will suspend the shrimp above the grass making it an easy target for sea trout. If you are sightfishing sea trout in the shallow grass beds, simply throw a jumbo shrimp on a hook and present it to the fish in a quiet effective way. Remember, if the trout does not have the shrimp in it's strike zone, then you need to recast until the fish either spooks, rejects or takes the shrimp. A shrimp behind or too far away for the trout to be aware of it's presence is not going to get a strike.
  • Is there wind? Is the water clear or muddy? What kind of current do I have? All of these questions should enter your mind when targeting each species with varying baits. A shrimp may be a great bait in one condition and a poor choice in another. Ask yourself if the conditions are allowing my shrimp (or bait) to stay in the strike zone long enough to be eaten.

I hope this little essay helps anglers when using a livebait, whether it's on the Indian River Lagoon or fishing their favorite fishing hole near home.

Bait Fishing On The Indian River Lagoon

Reviewed by Captain Richard Bradley on Last modified: November 05 2016 13:21:38.

Published by: Captain of Lagooner Fishing Guides©

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