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Using Live Bait

Fisherman often discovers that when trying to catch the bigger fish, live bait is the right thing to use.

Firstly, the right bait for the fish that you are going to target must be chosen. Small to medium Mullet is the most popular for fishing in our estuaries and oceans. It is important not to bait up until you are ready to cast, in order to keep your bait alive for as long as possible. When taking the bait from the holding tank, it must be grabbed firmly to prevent it from squirming.
Each fisherman has his preferred way of hooking up the live bait. The three most popular ways is just behind the dorsal fin, through the lips, or through the nostrils. The most secure way is behind the dorsal fin, but that tends to tire out the fish and die quickly. By inserting the hook through the lips makes it unlikely that the fish will drown, however, it causes the fish to move awkwardly in the water.
Inserting the hook through the nostrils will keep the bait alive a lot longer, but there is a greater chance for the fish to escape.
Insert the hook through the selected part of the fish and make sure it is secure. Hold the bait firmly when preparing to cast and do not wait too long before casting in order for the fish to survive longer.
Cast gently to avoid any damage to the fish, and give your line enough slack to let the fish move freely. If unsuccessful, remove the bait if it did not survive and bait up again.

 
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