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Old 03-21-2015, 07:19 PM   #1
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Has anyone every used like live lady's or hardtail in the surf for bait? Or just any kind of love bait in general. I've done it off the jetties but can never get any bait near the surf worth throwing out. What were your results if you ever did?
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I guess the issue is keeping the bait from getting tangled in your terminal tackle or making it's way back to the beach.

In islands where you have wind coming from your back, you can just balloon the bait out with a little weight to keep it below the balloon, no problem. Here, our spring and summer winds prevail from the south and our beach is to the north. Maybe you could pull it off in the bay in a place exposed to the right wind.

In Hawaii, they Marlin fish from the rocks using an inflated garbage bag as a sail to get the live bait out. Here, it's just not practical.
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Pan- I tried it once a couple years ago and had some success. I used a 5 ounce pyramid with a hardtail and caught a small black tip. This was only when I actully had a bait capable, since then I have not tried it but my try it again sometime this week.
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Also how do you guys get your mullet without going to the bait shop? I can never get them on the beach
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What if you used a sputnic weight?
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I have used smaller live bait caught in the surf with my bait net. Caught reds.
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Has anyone every used like live lady's or hardtail in the surf for bait? Or just any kind of love bait in general. I've done it off the jetties but can never get any bait near the surf worth throwing out. What were your results if you ever did?

You may not believe me but a hard head on a float is like Cobia candy.

Also a small ray with the barb cut off for safety.

You get the right outsuck (break in the bar) (rip tide) and the bait will go out with the current.
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I have caught plenty of fish using small live baits about 2 feet under a popping cork in the surf. I usually use a finger mullet or pin fish.

Biggest trout I have ever caught came to this rig. I just let the fish drag the float around all they want. If they come in too shallow I just reel them in and toss em back out. I have also had good luck wading out and tossing them on the other side of the first bar. Only problem then is getting bit off by small sharks.

There is nothing more fun than watching that cork go into spasms when a predator starts tracking the bait. Then the sudden stop and then the cork just starts steaming away. I do love it...

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I guess the issue is keeping the bait from getting tangled in your terminal tackle or making it's way back to the beach.

In islands where you have wind coming from your back, you can just balloon the bait out with a little weight to keep it below the balloon, no problem. Here, our spring and summer winds prevail from the south and our beach is to the north. Maybe you could pull it off in the bay in a place exposed to the right wind.

In Hawaii, they Marlin fish from the rocks using an inflated garbage bag as a sail to get the live bait out. Here, it's just not practical.
You used to live in Hawaii? I lived on Oahu for a while, at the time I was really into spear fishing so missed out on some other fishing techniques. Would have liked to see that
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