Budget Cutting Live Bait - Capture The Savings
by Ron Barefield
"It seems the cost of everything is going up, including live bait. The average angler spends over $150 a year on live bait. If you're a real hard core, you could be shelling out ten times that! The most expensive is usually baitfish, crawfish and specialty baits like suckers, pinfish, or other exotics that local fish species prefer. They don't come cheap. It may be time to check into collecting your own live bait. It's easy, it's fun and it does save you money. There are several different methods to catch your own bait..."
Baitfish are fairly predictable. In small creeks or streams look for animus of reduced current. Behind larger rocks, downed trees, or anywhere else the force of the current is blocked. In periods of low water and reduced flow, the deeper holes and shaded pockets hold bait. In saltwater areas pinfish and other favorite baits can be found around structure like weedy flats, rocks or even pilings. Any type of cover will draw bait fish.
Live Bait Traps
Cage style traps are an effective way to catch a variety of different baitfish including crawfish. The two most popular styles are the torpedo shaped and the rectangular box shaped. Torpedo shaped traps are normally preferred for areas with current because of their streamlined shape but work equally well in calm water. Rectangular traps generally provide more capacity and are used more often for sets in calm water or around structure.
Setting And Baiting Traps
For crawfish the net can be lowered to the bottom with bait attached to the center of the net and allowed to lie on the bottom. Many anglers will also use a smaller rock placed in the center to allow the net to sink quickly. Crawfish are greedy and will usually stay with the bait as the net is lifted until it's too late to escape.
No matter winch method you choose to collect your bait always check your state and local fishing regulations for legal applications. Each state will have their own regulations governing the use of bait traps, seines and nets.
For more information on bait traps vist www.frabill.com/bait-care-management/bait-traps.html.
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