This Is How To Catch Spooky Bait When Kayak Fishing Using A Cast Net
What is the best way to catch live bait while fishing from a kayak?
How can you avoid spooking off the bait and still catch enough to fish with?
Check out these tricks you can use next time you go to catch live bait from your kayak!
Learn more below!
How To Catch Spooky Bait When Kayak Fishing Using A Cast Net [VIDEO]
You have to be close enough to the bait to catch it.
If you are struggling to get close enough to a school of bait, you can benefit from standing outside your kayak in the water.
You can get closer to the bait because your personal silhouette is much smaller than that of the longer kayak.
If there is a sandy bottom where you are able to get out of the kayak, it is advantageous for positioning.
Especially if you are targeting finger mullet, they are one of the toughest spooky baits to catch.
How To Approach The Bait
First, you want to be thinking about which direction are the current and wind going.
The key is to maximize your positioning in line with the conditions to get close enough to the bait.
By having the wind blow from your back to front, it will assist in extending your cast further.
With regards to the current, you actually want to do the opposite.
You want to be down current of the baitfish, so if they manage to get spooked they will have to fight the current to swim away.
If you are positioned up current and the bait is spooked, they can speed off with the current far from where you are.
Another bonus to standing down current is your kayak or vessel will be out of your way.
Prepare Your Live Well
If you catch some bait and then go to empty your net onto your kayak, make sure you do not lose any through the scupper holes.
Scupper holes can be plugged up but if they are not the bait can slip through and you will lose it.
It is best to have your live well or area where you are going to set them aside ready to go before casting to catch bait.
This way your bait won’t escape after all that hard work and it will stay alive in the live well or bucket.
Catching live bait from your kayak can be tricky but following these tips will fill up your live well.
Remember that mullet and baitfish are easily spooked so it’s important to be stealthy and accurate with your casts.
It is all about proper positioning and preparation when netting live bait off of your kayak!
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