How to Attract Bait Fish

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Lure bait fish for netting in a seine or trap by following these steps. Within an hour, you should have plenty of live bait for your next fishing excursion. If you don't feel like catching bait fish, try these techniques for attracting them to your boat or other fishing spot. They will lure the big lunkers you're really after.

Things You'll Need

  • Lantern
  • Submersible lights, such as glow sticks
  • Mesh bag with drawstring.
  • A seine or fine net suitable for catching bait fish
  • Dried pork rinds
  • Bread
  • Bait bucket
  • Battery-powered aquarium pump
  • For night fishing, crack and ignite several glow sticks, then place them in a mesh bag with a drawstring and lower the bag into the water. Be sure to tie it to the boat or a nearby tree. Light attracts plankton and other microscopic life that bait fish feed on. The bait fish, in turn, will attract larger predatory fish.

  • To attract and catch bait fish at night for use on a later fishing excursion, lower your seine or net into the water, then place the mesh bag with glow sticks on top. Wait 15-20 minutes, then haul up your seine and transfer the bait fish to a live bait bucket. You'll want to use a portable aquarium pump and hose to keep the water in the bucket aerated until you are ready to go fishing. Bait fish can survive this way for up to two days, when you'll either need to feed or release them.

  • For daytime fishing, drop your seine in shallow water near the shoreline and allow it to settle to the bottom, waiting until the water clears.

  • Sprinkle crushed bread crumbs or dried pork rinds on the water's surface and wait 15 to 20 minutes until this chum attracts baitfish, then haul up the seine or net and transfer your catch to a live bait bucket. Again, you'll want to use a portable aquarium pump if you don't plan to use the bait for a couple of days.

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