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Live Vs Deadbait

Discussion in 'Fishing Chatter = anything to do with fishing' started by adallas, Aug 30, 2020.

  1. adallas

    adallas Blackbeard
    Fishing Chatter

    I mostly fish dead bait for a couple of reasons.
    • I can’t throw a big cast net worth a crap
    • Mostly catch grunts and want smaller baits for the types of fish that you can keep not the mythical red snapper.
    • Can’t find many sardines or cigar minnows
    Do you have just as good luck with mangroves with dead bait?

    what do you use.
    Nautical Gator likes this.
  2. Rich M

    Rich M Swabbie

    Grunt plugs are No. 1 for grovers.

    Live Shrimp works too.
  3. Nautical Gator

    Nautical Gator Forum Captain, Moderator, Peacekeeper Staff Member

    offshore just chunk cube up the grunts and drop on to the bottom. mangos seem to like them.
  4. adallas

    adallas Blackbeard
    Fishing Chatter

    Yeah I need to do a better job of finding Mangroves. I’ve caught a couple at East 11. Maybe because I mostly drift. Last time I anchored on site 7 we were able to get a few cigar minnows and caught a Cubera or a do snapper. Thought it was strange for central Florida
  5. mkyota1

    mkyota1 Sailing Master

    Most times that I have tried smaller live bait it always ends up eaten by red snapper. Like others have said grunt chunks are my bait of choice.
  6. rich dude

    rich dude Greenhorn

    Live shrimp. If they are stealing the bait I hook up some sand fleas for mangos

    DIANE J SEAMAN Pirate in the making

    I've caught mangroves in the Halifax River and in the surf at Ormond lately (to my surprise). I take live shrimp but never keep them alive. I put them in a ziplock without any water (or they can get water-logged on long day) and keep them on ice in my cooler. They stay looking alive all day that way, and I catch everything that likes live shrimp using those fresh dead, including mangrove snapper. I've also caught them while fishing with sand fleas, but they seem to hit the shrimp more readily.
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