|Bait (against a 5 cent coin)||Hints|
The smallest of the whole fish baits. Useful for any of the lake species. If the kids are losing baits very quickly off the jetties these maybe an economical way to go. Use a #4 hook or thereabouts.
Popular for Flathead and Tailor and can be used in the surf and lake with success. Try with a #4 to #2 hook.
If the hook is "bitten off", then try a wire trace, as there are probably decent Tailor around.
A good all rounder for the boat, jetty, bank or beach.
Pictured here is the "local prawn" (top) caught in the local lakes system and bagged up as bait. Below is the farmed prawn, smaller in size and paler. Either are very effective on Bream, though the bigger prawn on a bigger hook (eg #2) will reduce annoying strikes on under size fish.
The Prawn is also very effective with Flathead if the bait can be kept on the bottom and on the move, out of the weed. Try in any sandy bottom areas you can find.
Peeling off the head and first two bits of shell is a good local tip worth a try.
|Squid: These baby Squid are great for the surf if there are sand crabs around stripping the softer whole body fish bait off before the target fish even see them. Cut them into strips and they will present for a longer time. Try a whole body fish bait on the higher top hook and squid on the lower bait to cover a few bases at the one time. If the crabs are really bad use a popper on the lower hook and squid on the upper hook. (or catch the Crabs!!!)|
|Pilchard: A whole one or two of these on your surf rig can add casting weight, and allow a lighter sinker for a more sensitive rig set up, and less drag overall when you do make a strike. They are the premium surf bait and using them means nearly anything is possible, and if you are good at it, usually big....|
Here is the best local bait but not easy to get as the local suppliers
have to wade around at some ungodly hour up to their knackers in cold
water to pump them for you guys.
However they are a very versatile bait hooking a wide range of species if used correctly. They will be explosive on Bream on the right day, and great for Luderick under a float with the right set up. Dynamite on Garfish with a #12 hook and bread crumb/tuna oil berley. If you can get Sandworm and you don't get a bite don't blame the bait.
Caution though as the removal of these worms causes considerable damage to their habitat and as we take more, the more their habitat is broken up and they become harder to find, and colonies recover less and less. Are we killing the goose that laid that golden egg??
Best for you to find your own bait in the long run. Cheers.