Category Archives: Live Bait

Catching fingermark with squid at night

Catch and rig live squid for Fingermark Golden Snapper

Live squid as bait is one of the best ways to catch fingermark (Golden Snapper) but can be a little tricky to rig up. In this post we use a squid jig to catch some live squid as bait for our fingermark session.   A cast net or scoop net can also be used when…

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Big mullet catch big barra. However finding these models can be testing and presenting them correctly is the key

Accepting change, Live baiting isn’t cheating!

Guest writer and Ryan Moody Fishing Ambassador Ben Weston (Westo) has some sage advice on being an all rounder fishing for barra, by downing lures on occasion and using live bait. Accepting Change, Live Baiting isn’t cheating   The bitterest pill I had to swallow after completing the Barra Basics (BB) course, was accepting that…

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Cast nets for catching bait

Cast nets for catching bait

  I have been using cast nets for catching bait for over 30 years now and they’re a quick and easy way to fill your live bait tank with livies. Most people use the standard bottom pocket net and for sure, that’s my net of choice for most applications in north Queensland. Shallow habitats such…

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fishing with live bait using circle hooks

Live baiting for barramundi using circle hooks

The advantage of using circle hooks when live baiting for barramundi, threadys or fingemark over your traditional J hook or suicide hook, is more often than not the fish is hooked in the corner of the mouth. If your intention is to release the fish, circle hooks or half circle hooks like the Eagle Claw…

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How to catch mangrove crabs

Kids driving you mad? Entertain them by catching mangrove crabs

Well it’s that time of year again… School holiday time. And if you are like me and you don’t like leaving the kids to entertain themselves for hours, even days playing computer games and x-box, fishing is a great way to get them into the great outdoors. Some of the most fun I have with…

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How to repair your cast net on the spot

It’s a pretty hard life for a cast net these days. They are not made of the same mettle as they used to be, and on days when bait is scarce, one is forced to throw into otherwise unsuitable terrain. The result more often than not is a busted pocket or two. Throwing a cast…

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Collecting bait at beach creek mouths

Barra Fishing Tips: Beach creek mouths for bait

Barra like their food moving. Because of this, thrashing the water to foam luring can be a very successful technique. But if you prefer to sit back and enjoy a coldie while fishing, live bait is going to be your best option. Yes you may have caught one on a strip bait once or twice,…

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rigging live mullet

Barra Fishing Tips; Rigging live mullet

When rigging live mullet it seems the most common way is to pin it through the back. In my experience, rigging live mullet by pinning them in the middle of the back tends to drown the bait as they spin in the current. I rig my livies differently depending on size and species, and in…

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Winter Barra Bait

Barra Fishing Tips: Winter barra bait

People tell me it is hard to catch barra in winter, and sometimes that is true. They certainly behave differently in winter than summer, and it can be downright frustrating to sit on a big aggregation and not get a single bite, no matter WHAT you throw at them. You might have even seen the…

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Cast nets for catching bait

Top tip for clean and dry cast netting

Tired of getting covered in crap and jellyfish tentacles while cast netting? I sure did about 25 years ago which is why I developed a new way!!! Now I’m not going to boast that I am the only one to use this method, because I’m sure others must have stumbled upon it. But most people…

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