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Old 05-02-2015, 09:10 PM   #1
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Default Drifting in the pass, question on bait.

I'm new to this area. When drifting in the pass, what type of bait is recommended. I guess Shrimp, Pin Fish, but what about cut bait? What kind. Does Squid work? Walmart sells cut bait, does it work. Really don't care what I catch except Catfish. Maybe Reds, Flounder, Snapper. Thanks.
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Just a heads up, when drift fishing the pass, don't get pissed off from the huge wake these big boats that are slowly gonna be getting up to speed as they head offshore when they come past you in the mornings and afternoons. Not sure what your drifting in, but these wakes can get several feet high swells, One after another, when the big boats are coming and going.

Get a sabiki, and catch some live bait.
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If you bottom bump while drifting, you may get hung up.
The pass holds a lot of fish at times.

Go over to the Mass. and use the sabiki to easily catch your live bait.
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cut bait=catfish
live bait!
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cut bait=catfish
live bait!
Going to have to disagree with you on this one I have caught 100s of bull reds in the pass on cut bait in the spring/fall/and winter but yes if you have live bait use that too never put all you eggs in one basket no matter what kinda fishing you are doing always have different baits out
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Finding the perfect day when its somewhat calm and the tide is right is the key. It needs to be on a weekday so boat traffic won't be too bad. Incoming tide and stay on the west side of the pass.
All the bait you mentioned will produce. Put some on the bottom and some on the top. Be respectful to boat traffic and be prepared to crank up and correct your drift to avoid boats in the channel. Might pull a flounder off the bottom and a king off the top at the same time. Its a rare opportunity for conditions to be right, but fun when it is.
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I usually use blood worms and clams! Lol
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