I know this blog is called lure and fly but occasionally I find going back to basics and bait fishing fun and sometimes necessary.
Lately, when we have been hitting the fresh we are ensuring that we are packing the shrimp nets and taking up some garden worms.
We fish with bait for a couple of reasons:-
When fishing with kids or friends that haven’t had much experience in lure casting it is easy to set up a rod off the bank or back of the boat and wait for a bite, then constantly dealing with snagged lures, retying knots and keeping them interested.
A dropping barometer can affect the way the fish bite on lures and in these circumstances although still tough we find bait fishing a lot more productive.
It is also a great break if we have been casting or trolling for the morning. It is nice to stop at a bank for a spot of lunch and soak a worm or shrimp and relax before carrying on for the rest of the day. The same as if we are sitting back by the camp fire at night there is nothing more exciting to hear the jingle of your bells that are attached to your rod indicating you have a fish on.
We have also found it a great way to learn to target yellowbelly around the trees.
Instead of using traditional hooks and sinkers though we have been using 1gram jig heads. They seem to float down the trees at a slow rate, once you have hit the bottom, you need a couple of winds of the handle and then leave it there. We have found if the fish are there it doesn’t take long for a hit. You can alter the depth of your shrimp up and down the tree to see where the fish are biting.
To rig up the shrimp onto the jig head, you need to thread it through from the inside of the tail and run it down the natural curve and push the hook point back out through the inside of the body. This leaves the head and nippers to swing freely.
There must be lots of formulas for what to put in your shrimp traps. I have heard everything from cans of tuna and cat food through to sunlight soap and gum leaves. Personally we use a chunk of cheese and some sausage. The shrimp trap is best placed in amongst trees, weeds or rocky areas. Your shrimp trap is best left out overnight and then checked in the morning. These days you also need to put a name tag on your shrimp trap.
A bucket of freshwater to store your catch in is ample or if you have a boat with a live well this also works but ensure you don’t fill it up to much so the yabbies don’t crawl down the overflow pipe.
Don’t get me wrong we are avid lure fisherman but there is nothing wrong with sitting back and soaking a bait.