What Bait to Use When Saltwater Fishing

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When saltwater fishing, artificial baits can be used, but the best bait is locally caught shrimp. Find out how to use jerk bait to catch saltwater fish with advice from the owner of a tackle shop in this free video on fishing bait.

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Alright, I'm Larry Mastry of Mastry's Tackle in St. Petersburg and we're going to talk a little bit about the type of baits that you use in saltwater fishing. Now this is a big, big, big subject here to cover but we're going to primarily cover maybe the inshore fishing to start with to simplify this. All types of different artificial baits you can use. Jerk baits which are basically plastic baits and then probably the best bait over all the natural bait would be the shrimp. Now the saltwater shrimp is caught here locally and reason it's so popular is because just about every fish out here eats a shrimp. But the species we're primarily going to cover are going to be the red fish your trout your snook. Some of your inshore game fish and with that variety of other fish are going to hit baits as well. The next bait we're going to use is what we call a jerk bait. Now jerk bait is basically used in that you cast it out. You allow it to sink down to the bottom. It has a little bit of weight inside and you take your rod and real and just wind it slowly and just pull it a little bit and just the action of this creates a lot of activity and a lot of these fish will just hone in on that action. Next bait would be a hard body bait. It's a really hard plastic it has treble hooks at the end of it and again there's different designs. This ones designed to go down a little bit. There's some top water plugs and so forth. That cover a lot of area. So you can fish shallow water areas or you can fish deeper areas. Just depending on the situation and then jigs. There's a couple of different types of jugs we use and the different sizes and head sizes. Depending on the depth that your fishing. This particular jig right here is designed to cast and fall down to the bottom. Again you pop it and it kind of simulates the action of a shrimp. This actually is a shrimp with a lead inside but it's not going to cover a lot of area. Your going to basically fish this in a confined area. Almost as if you were live bait fishing and just let it drop down and just slowly twitch it and that just little bit of falling action. Is generally what gets the bites. I'm Larry Mastry of Mastry's Bait and Tackle in St. Petersburg. Saying good fishing.


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