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Monday August 21, 2017

Want to know how to catch more saltwater fish by using live bait? Captain Richard's favorite live bait methods for inshore and offshore fishing are as varied as the bait he uses.

Current, winds and water conditions help me determine what kinds of live bait I will be using for each application and species I target. The method(s) and rigs I use are also going to be influenced by the same variety of environmental conditions and species. Let me explain in more detail by separating inshore & offshore fishing techniques.

Inshore Live Baiting

Shrimp and crabs can be used in a number of ways and are often used along pilings, rock piles and plinked down while sipping a beer from the shoreline. I prefer to use a live shrimp when sight fishing with minimal or no weight to make the presentation more subtle. Gin clear water and calm days often make an artificial seem obtrusive or threatening to fish and often get denied as they can scare the fish rather than draw the strike. Sight fishing is not the definitive shrimp technique and often shrimp are thrown up-current and allowed to drift through and area with current. An example of this might be mangroves or a simple pier or jetty that has an incoming or outgoing tide. Weighting the crustacean to make it look natural will depend on how strong the current is.

Fin-fish like mullet, pinfish, croakers and pilchards all can be used to catch a large variety of inshore fish from snook to redfish and even sea trout. Methods for using live fin-fish also depend on the conditions and species sought after. Windy days can be used to launch live baits into areas and keep them in the zones that fish lurk and feed. Captain Richard often uses pilchards and live mullet to catch large trout and red fish in the shallow water flats of the Indian River and Mosquito Lagoons.

Offshore Live Baiting

Free-lining a live bait out behind the boat in can produced massive strikes from quality fish on an offshore wreck or reef. Depending on what species you are after, most offshore fishing is done with wire leader and strong sharp hooks.

Bottom fishing can be very productive when using an egg sinker and a mono-filament leader with a sturdy hook. Large grouper, red snapper and benthic dwellers all love a good live croaker when it's put in their realm. A good rule of thumb for bottom fishing is one ounce for every ten feet of depth, of course each day presents a variety of conditions and weight should be adjusted as necessary.

Each area or zones of fishing need be addressed according to the structure, currents and conditions. Remember that live baits generally don't need a retrieve or action applied to entice a fish into biting, they support themselves and adding action can often make a game fish suspicious so rig your baits to keep them acting and swimming naturally and uninhibited by the hook and line if possible.


Use the lightest terminal tackle for each use to get the fish to bite and still have the ability to bring the fish boat side. - Captain Richard

Of coarse if you're really interested in learning about live bait fishing or any other methods and types of saltwater fishing while visiting the Orlando, Florida area look us up and book a fishing trip at Lagooner Fishing Guides.

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Reviewed by Captain Richard Bradley on Last modified: January 23 2017 16:07:32.

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