How To Use Fishbites For Surf Fishing (Review & Rigging Tips)

fishbites review

Have you used Fishbites before?

I’ve been using them for surf fishing recently and have had a lot of success with them.

Everything from pompano, to black drum, to whiting, and other species can’t resist these little smelly strips.

In this video, I’m going to show you how to use them to catch more fish from the beach, plus I’ll share the top pros and cons of them.

You’ll learn:

  • How to get the most out of every bag of Fishbites (and save money)
  • How to rig them to get more hookups — most people make a simple, but critical mistake here
  • And much more

Check out the review below.

P.S. Keep in mind that we’re not sponsored by Fishbites, I’ve just been using them a lot recently and wanted to share my thoughts with you.

Fishbites Review [VIDEO]

Sign up for FREE to receive the latest saltwater fishing videos, tutorials, product reviews, and fishing product discounts!

➡ Click here to join the Insider Club

Mentioned video:

First, I’ll break down the pros and cons of Fishbites, then I’ll dive in to how to rig them.

Fishbites Pros & Cons

Pros:

  • Durability. Unlike many baits and lures, these won’t be destroyed by pinfish or other tiny critters out there.
  • Versatility. You can cut them to different sizes to target different species of fish, and you can use them alone or paired with live bait.

Cons:

  • Because they’re so durable, it’s actually kind of hard to get them off of the hook when you’re done using them.

How To Rig Fishbites

How you rig fish bites depends on how big of a strip you’re using.

If I’m targeting pompano or whiting, I usually use a strip about as big as my fingernail (which helps you catch fish and also save money by getting the most out of each bag).

Thread the hook through the strip once when using this size, but be sure to keep it close to the hook point.

One mistake that many people make is that they push the Fishbite too far down towards the shank of the hook, which brings it farther from the hook point.

This can cause you to get fewer hookups.

Here’s what rigging them this way looks like:

how to rig fishbites for pompano

If I’m targeting bigger fish, like black drum, I’ll usually use a bigger strip of Fishbites.

I’ll rig it similar to how you would rig a swimbait on a worm hook, putting the point through the bottom part of the strip, then having it come out towards the top part of the strip.

Here’s what it looks like this in this scenario:

how to rig fishbites for black drum

Conclusion

fish bites review

Fishbites are great baits for surf fishing.

Fish love them, but they’re super durable, so they won’t get torn up by small fish like pinfish.

Have any questions about Fishbites?

Have you used them before?

Let me know in the comments below.

You can get Fishbites from Amazon here.

And if you know someone who surf fishes, please TAG or SHARE this with them!

P.S. Want access to our best fishing spots and tips, plus discounts to our online tackle store? Click here to join us in the Insider Club!

Stop Wasting Your Valuable Time On The Water!

Do what the “SMART ANGLERS” are doing and join the Insider Club.

Here’s what you’ll receive today when you join:

  • Weekly fishing reports and TRENDS revealing exactly where you should fish ever trip
  • Weekly “spot dissection” videos that walk you through all the best spots in your area
  • Exclusive fishing tips from the PROS you can’t find anywhere else
  • 20% OFF ALL of your fishing tackle (rods, reels, line, lures, and more from ALL of the biggest brands in America)

Click here to join today.

Related articles:

Disclaimer: When you buy through links on our site, we sometimes earn affiliate commission from places like Amazon, Bass Pro, Tackle Warehouse, etc. It’s one more way we can help you quickly find the best deals on the web while making sure we’re still around to serve you for years to come (and you do want us to be around to help you catch fish for many more years, right)?

Related categories:

Subscribe
Notify of
guest
8 Comments
newest
oldest
Inline Feedbacks
View all comments
Steve
Steve
1 month ago

What do you find to be the best “flavor” of fish bites for the Tampa Bay Area

Scott Elsberry
Scott Elsberry
1 month ago

How heavy of a weight do you typically use at the end of the pompano rig to fish the beach in NC?

Jeremy Sims
Jeremy Sims
1 month ago

Hey Wyatt, I really appreciate all of the surf fishing content that you’ve been putting out.

I’m a big fan of Fishbites type baits! I like to use them in conjunction with live/cut bait as an extra insurance in rough surf.

We have a local, FL panhandle, alternative called Fish Gum that you should try out. I’ve fished them side by side with Fishbites and had better success. They are much thicker than fish bites and have a really tacky, almost gooey feel to them. I’ve limited out on Pompano more than once just using them on a hook. An added bonus too is they are small batch produced, with a born on date, so you don’t risk getting an old dry pack(like I’ve gotten from Wal-Mart fishbites)

David Baldwin
David Baldwin
1 month ago

Great video1 Note that Fishbites also has a line of “FAST ACTING” baits that have no mesh. They are used more for colder water, but can be used in conjunctions with a regular Fishbites to give a quick scent to your line. They will melt away quicker, but it helps attract the fish to you area faster as the water warms. I’ve had luck with these when the water temp goes down below 60 degrees. A good thing to pack in your bag for the beach. Keep coming with the Surf Fishing videos, a wonderful aid for us novices.
 

Steve Pepus
Steve Pepus
1 month ago

I only fish in the surf here in Atlantic Beach, NC and always have Fishbites with me…last week caught 8 Whiting and a 14″ Pompano on a Pompano rig using sand fleas and an orange Fishbites strip. One Con though I thought should be mentioned…they do get old after a season and start to lose their color, even if sealed in their original packaging, if you don’t use them. I haven’t tested this out, but going to vacuum-seal a bunch after I cut the strips and see if that helps with their longevity. Tight Lines!!

Steven Free
Steven Free
1 month ago

Dont surf fish but i always tip my jigs and spinnerbaits with a small piece of fishbites made locally here in my neck of the woods i use alot of scent before fishbites I used to tip my lures with a small piece of fresh dead shrimp being fresh is the better word because after only a few casts it would usually come off but fishbites usually doesn’t at least not for a while anyways in my view a great product at a pretty cheap price????

STOP WASTING TIME ON THE WATER!

Do what the “SMART ANGLERS” are doing and join the Insider Club.

Here’s what you’ll receive today when you join:

  • Weekly fishing reports and TRENDS revealing exactly where you should fish ever trip
  • Weekly “spot dissection” videos that walk you through all the best spots in your area
  • Exclusive fishing tips from the PROS you can’t find anywhere else
  • Everything you need to start catching fish more consistently (regardless if you fish out of a boat, kayak, or land).
8
0
Would love your thoughts, please comment.x
()
x