Fishing with live bait in winter can be a good alternative to lures.
In winter or during a cold snap, the water temperature drops and it can be hard to raise a fish on lures.
My favourite live bait for barra during winter are prawns.
But fingermark/golden snapper readily take a green back herring or mud herring during winter.
On this trip to Hinchinbrook, the intention was to film our Locating Livies course.
But with Karen back in Cairns, I thought I’d sneak in a quick fish as well.
We would have some livies on board right?
What’s a man to do?
And in doing so made a quick Fishing with Live Bait in winter video for you below.
Fishing with Live Bait in Winter.
Our fishing with live bait in winter trip got off to a slow start as I misread the tide chart and was stuck an extra 20 minutes in the mud at Port Hinchinbrook.
Nowadays (2022) you’ll need a good 1.5 m tide for a boat like our 6.5m and 1.4 m for a punt or smaller tinny.
Pays to check the tide times before heading anywhere. But for Hinchinbrook it is imperative.
If you want your livies swimming a bit higher use the paternoster or dropper rig.
And a bit lower the running rig.
Fishing on the fish
The key to fishing with live bait in winter is not just about using the right live bait. It’s about fishing on the fish.
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I hope you enjoyed our video on fishing with live bait in winter.