Your Favourite Bait?

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Your Favourite Bait?

Poll ended at Thu Aug 25, 2011 10:39 pm

Frozen baits
6
13%
Fresh baits
7
15%
Live baits
1
2%
Artificial baits (softbaits & lures)
32
70%
 
Total votes: 46
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Thu Aug 18, 2011 10:39 pm

What is your favourite/main bait you use?

Are you using frozen, fresh, live, or artificial (softbaits) baits for the majority of your fishing?

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Thu Aug 18, 2011 10:41 pm

I'm in the artificial bait camp, I haven't used fresh or frozen baits in over four years now. I do throw out the occasional live bait if I catch a suitable size KY or the like and I've got the right gear with me.
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Thu Aug 18, 2011 10:52 pm

Looks like 67% are doing it wrong :lol:
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Fri Aug 19, 2011 7:23 am

Artificial baits A :^)

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Fri Aug 19, 2011 7:37 am

"discovered" SB's when I started 'yak fishing a couple of years ago....now even use them on "stink boat" charters !
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Fri Aug 19, 2011 7:49 am

HHHHMMMMM :?:
Option 5: all of the above, depending on various factors. ;)
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Fri Aug 19, 2011 8:14 am

I had to click on "frozen bait" as I probably fish pillies and squid 40% the time I'm on the water, making this my most common technique. The rest of the time is split between SB's, SP's, buck tails, hard bodies, blades, jigs, flies, livies, fresh strip baits, poppers, trolling feathers, and whatever else I can find that might possibly catch a fish. I can't limit myself to just one or two fishing techniques, I'm having too much fun!

An interesting observation: my biggest kayak caught snapper (16kg), kingfish (31kg), and trevally (7.5kg) have all fallen to whole pillies. Many of my other biggest for specie have also fallen to pillies or squid. The interesting question is whether this is a result of using frozen baits more often than any other single technique or whether properly presented natural baits are more likely to fool wary fish? I don't have the answer so will happily continue fishing every technique I can get to work off a kayak :y:
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Fri Aug 19, 2011 9:28 am

Personally I probably do 90% of my yak fishing with softbaits, with about 2% livebaiting, and the other 8% being other forms of artificials, like jiggs, flies ect.
Nothing against "Real Bait" as such, I just find that I personally prefer using artificials.
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Hmmm you may be interested to see some things Ive been tying over the last week, will bring some along next time I see ya.
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Fri Aug 19, 2011 9:48 am

90% softbait including trolling between spots.
Often pick up a kahawai along the way which is sent back down in the form of livebait or slabbed into quarters and fed out on a strayline.
Surprisingly I've had far more sucess catching kingis on straylined kahawai than any other form. A very under-rated method IMHO
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Fri Aug 19, 2011 7:05 pm

Being recently converted to SP's I have to be in the split camp that will try everything and anything if it catches fish. I love buying the latest and greatest crap on offer. In the past it has been dead meat of some description though and I will always get a kick out of catching little fish with scraps of food in order to catch bigger and bigger fish. It's what it's all about for me.
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Sat Aug 20, 2011 10:25 am

Favourite has to be fresh (as in caught no more than a few hours prior).
Nothing like a nice juicy butterflied Jack floating slowly down :y:

(although the majority of my fishing is with jigheads now, but commonly use strips of real fish or tentacles on them)
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Sat Aug 20, 2011 12:29 pm

My favourite is fresh bait - jack macks, blue mackerel, KY, (cuda strips over winter) however like limitless the bait I would use most would be frozen pillies or tuna
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Sat Aug 20, 2011 8:54 pm

I use all of the options at one time or another but by far i prefer to softbait most of the time .
Like Limitless said i will use whatever i can that will catch me fish .

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Sat Aug 20, 2011 9:07 pm

Kingfish killer wrote:I use all of the options at one time or another but by far i prefer to softbait most of the time .
Like Limitless said i will use whatever i can that will catch me fish .
yep i'm in the same boat as well use mostly softbaits but every now and then pull out the stinky stuff with a good burley trail :y:

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Sun Aug 21, 2011 9:57 am

I prefer fresh cut baits,,Kahawai,Jack Macks,Piper.
Next would be Pillies followed by Bonito.
They've worked for me for close to 50 years of fishing,,an for others a lot longer than that.
I've tried Soft baits a couple of times,but really look at them a bit like I look at guys that use moisturiser an don't like getting their hands dirty :*
And now I,m finding them washed up on my local beaches :swear:
This from Waiti yesterday,,,look good sticking out of your kids foot huh.
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Pawprints wrote: And now I,m finding them washed up on my local beaches :swear:
This from Waiti yesterday,,,look good sticking out of your kids foot huh.
I know what you mean but you get crap from all types of fishing being discarded. I often head to Raglan at low tide and walk along the harbour mouth collecting as much free lead as I can.
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Sun Aug 21, 2011 11:19 am

nzimp wrote:
Pawprints wrote: And now I,m finding them washed up on my local beaches :swear:
This from Waiti yesterday,,,look good sticking out of your kids foot huh.
I know what you mean but you get crap from all types of fishing being discarded. I often head to Raglan at low tide and walk along the harbour mouth collecting as much free lead as I can.
Guns don't kill people and all that.
Yeah your right,,I'm certainly not without fault,,, just close to home is all.
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Sun Aug 21, 2011 8:49 pm

I use all options in a boat, but in the kayak all I use is plastics.
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Mon Aug 22, 2011 1:58 pm

Anyone have much experience with salted?

There was that article the other day in NZFN, which got me thinking. Pre-cut 'real' baits, which are a little more resilient, sounds like a good deal to me. The idea of catching a few pillies, and using them as fresh, then salting the rest when I get home sounds like a super efficient way of managing bait.

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Mon Aug 22, 2011 2:10 pm

I've frequently used salted (Bonito) on my long line and had heaps of success...although its more about using a bait that stays on the hook as its dragged out through the surf !!....but in saying all of that, if I can get fresh Kahawai, I'd use that anyday over salted baits....
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