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Bait Tips

When it comes to which bait to use look for what occurs naturally around the area you are fishing

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Keep your bait fresh in a waist bait bucket that slides onto your belt

 

 

 

SAND CRABS

 Sand crabs are one of the best baits for surf fishing

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Crabs are found in soft sand near the high tide mark

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Keep your crabs in a waist bait keeper with a small piece of wet kelp to keep them cool and moist

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You can catch crabs by hand or use a galvanized crab net, scoop or other digging tools

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Look for soft shell crabs in different sizes

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Bunch of Sand Crabs

 

 

GHOST SHRIMP

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Ghost shrimp can be purchased at your local tackle shop or suctioned by hand in wetland areas during low tide. The current corbina world record was caught using ghost shrimp.

 

GHOST SHRIMP BAIT

Ghost shrimp work great for perch, corbina and all croaker

 

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I like to keep my ghost shrimp in a 5 gallon plastic container half filled with salt water.  If you keep them in a cool place or inside a refrigerator in a temperature range of 54-65 they will live for about six days

 

MUSSEL

There are several kinds of mussel

BAY MUSSEL

Bay, rock and green mussel all work well for bait

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Mussels also make great surf bait

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Mussel can be found on rocks, docks and piers

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CLAMS

Clams work great for surf fish.  They are especially effective in the winter months

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SAND WORMS, BLOOD WORMS, INNKEEPER WORMS AND LUG WORMS

Sand worms can be “caught” about 18″ down near the high tide mark at the beach.  Innkeeper worms are found inside estuary and harbor areas.  Lug and Blood worms can be purchased at your local tackle shop

Blood Worm

BLOODWORM

Lug Worm

LUG WORM

Innkeeper Worm

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Sand Worm

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 SIDEWINDER CRABS (LINED SHORE CRABS)

Sidewinder rock crabs make great bait. You’ll find them near rocks and jetties in almost any marine environment

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SIDEWINDER BAIT

 

 

 

ARTIFICIAL LURES

Plastic grubs work unbelievably well for perch, croaker and the occasional corbina.
Grubs come in two common styles: Curly Tail and Swim Tail

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Curley Tail

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Swim Tail

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Flies work great in the surf, fished on the Carolina Rig

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Small bright spoons work great to attract corbina, halibut, croaker and slab-sized perch

 

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Hard suspension baits work great in the surf for halibut, croaker and large perch

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