What Bait to Use When Shore Fishing

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When shore fishing in saltwater, there's a variety of baits that can be used, including hard-bodied bait, jerk bait and and brown shrimp that are caught locally. Find out how to dress bait for shore fishing with advice from the owner of a tackle shop in this free video on fishing bait.

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Hi, I'm Larry Mastry, of Mastry's Bait and Tackle in St. Petersburg, Florida. We're going to talk a little bit about shore fishing in our area. Now, we cover basically, the Tampa Bay area, as well as the gulf beaches, but in these areas there's a lot of areas that you can you can fish from the shoreline, and we're talkin' saltwater fishin' here. So, let me go over a few little baits here, and and see if we can make some sense out of this. There's a there's a big variety of baits that we use. This is a hard bodied bait right here. It's got two two hooks on it, and it's used to cover a lot of area. You'll catch trout, redfish, chinook. Basically, all the all the species in our area will will bite a bait like this. Then, you can go down to what you call a a jerk bait, which is basically a plastic bait with a hook inserted in it and a lead. Again, you can cover a lot of area, and and a tremendous amount of species hit this bait as well. Then, we get into a natural bait, which is probably the most popular bait around here which is basically our our brown shrimp that are caught here here locally, and these could be fished either freeline, or using a small weight, or or on a float; very, very effective. A lot of, a lot of species hit shrimp, versus other types of natural bait, so this would be the bait of choice if I were going to use a bait in this area. And then, other baits we can briefly show; jigs basically is is a leaded head with a hook and it's dressed with a skirt. This particular one has a nylon skirt. This other is a jig with a shrimp body. It has a lead inside, and it's and it's designed to be fished in a particular area. In other words, you're not gonna', you're not going to work a big zone with this. You're just going to basically just kind of bounce it off the bottom, and and work it very slowly. So, those are very effective baits. There's some balance with these. In order to use baits of this size the tackles you use, like your rod and reel, needs to be something small enough where you can cast a light bait a long distance. Also, it gives you a little more flexibility and feel, and doesn't weight you down like a big rod and reel would, say, if you were bridge and pier fishing. If you're in the Tampa or St. Petersburg area, stop by Mastry's Tackle and and say hello. I'm Larry Mastry of Mastry's Bait and Tackle, in St. Petersburg, saying good fishin'


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