2016 (7) July NIRL CAM
Do you know how to tell its summer on the Indian River Lagoon? The pinfish and other bait stealers chew your cut bait apart before the catfish find can it…
Obviously, this is a tongue in cheek comment that happens to be a little bit true. I love using artificial lures especially the Z-Man soft plastics and I truly enjoy those clients who share this passion, however the reality of guiding here is most clients don’t possess great casting skills nor are they fussy as to how they catch their fish.
While shrimp is available nearly all year its only one option at most bait and tackle stores. For me cut mullet and ladyfish are our most productive baits. A chunk pinned to a circle hook tossed onto a sandy piece of bottom will get results most of the time.
Keep in mind the activity from little critters constantly reducing your cut bait’s size will often attract the attention of bigger predators that will happily steal the meal and put a bend in your rod.
Don’t feel the need to reel in and recast constantly, wait until the nibbling stops then rebait. Bring plenty of bait and resign yourself to the inevitability of bait stealer activity.