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Catch Your Own Live Bait Fish

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There are many ways to catch your own bait. We have all caught some of these listed.


  • Sand Crabs
  • Mussels
  • Ghost Shrimp
  • Blood Worms
  • Clams


And we have certainly purchased a lot more from the bait store.

But a way that a lot of surf fisherman over look is the Pelagic Feared Word "SABIKI"! See made even you tremble. No it's not some ancient asian war lord fisherman. See Photo.

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What this rig usually consists of is brightly colored flies tied with a #4 to a #6 hook. They are found at most tackle shops that have surf fishing supplies. There is really no special tools needed and I have seen anglers at the Brookhurst jetty throwing the line in without a pole and catching 3 or 4 at a time. if you fish with your kids like I do. (okay I take them, I don't use them) you can rig this for them on a snoopy pole and let them go to town they love it!

But you are not limited to that. You can take them and rig them with a weight on the bottom and and ultra light fishing pole. I prefer to use a drop shot weight as this makes it really easy for me to adjust where I need to be in height and angle when I start to retrieve my offering.

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This will almost always work to add to your live bait offering that you have already gathered and is DEADLY on Halibut and other surf species. So next time you are headed to the beach make sure that you pick up a package, okay make that two packages because your fishing buddy is going to be begging for one. I usually only mark it up double for my friends.

Bonus Tip: Many times your bait fish will not last in your bait bucket very long due to you being on the beach with the heat and lack of oxygen in your bucket.


  1. Sacrifice a scoop of ice every so often to slow down the heat build up and the fish.
  2. Pick up some "oxygen tabs" and drop one in the bucket. You don't need the expensive ones, cheapest. They all work the same.


Hope this little tidbit helps you pick up a couple extra fish when the bite is a little stiff.

Plasticman
Socalsurfrats.com

Comments

  1. Pat43's Avatar
    Thanks for the info
  2. Dogman's Avatar
    I have used bread but that seems a little easier. Thanks for the blog

    DM
  3. bacdoliljo's Avatar
    Is the jetty the only place to get bait on a sabiki for fishing the surf? I usually use the sabiki from a pier but I mostly get lizard fish or mackerel when they're biting. I don't think these are good bait for fishing the surf (are they?). Do you have any techniques for using a sabiki? The Hayabusa sabiki rigs recommend a chum cage at the end of the line. I usually just yank the rod a bit and let the line sink at the water level I'm targeting (top, middle, bottom). Sometimes I put a cut piece of squid or shrimp, but I'm not sure it's needed.
  4. PlasticMan's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by bacdoliljo
    Is the jetty the only place to get bait on a sabiki for fishing the surf? I usually use the sabiki from a pier but I mostly get lizard fish or mackerel when they're biting. I don't think these are good bait for fishing the surf (are they?). Do you have any techniques for using a sabiki? The Hayabusa sabiki rigs recommend a chum cage at the end of the line. I usually just yank the rod a bit and let the line sink at the water level I'm targeting (top, middle, bottom). Sometimes I put a cut piece of squid or shrimp, but I'm not sure it's needed.

    No of course not! You can use the Sabiki anywhere. I just find the target (smaller) bait fish I like in the jetty using the rocks for shelter and safe-haven. You can it from the pier but run into the fish you are catching. OR you can use it straight from the surf and catch smaller perch which are great for Leo's.

    I usually don't "sweeten" the pot unless I have to with extra bait.

    Best way is just light line and a drop shot sinker on the bottom. Or a small split shot. Depends on where you are using it.

    It is a very good rig for smaller fish. And there are many techniques out there. Everyone like everything else has a certain style and system. Best thing is to get out there and get bit!

    Thanks for the comment and hope it helps!

    Plasticman
  5. tunamaster's Avatar
    i will cut every other hook off this makes the rig more manageable so when you jig up and down the hooks wont grab each other.