The Easiest Way To Catch Loads Of Live Bait On The Flats


It’s Live Bait Time!!!

One of the best things about the arrival of spring is that schools of bait start showing up on the flats.

The only bad news is that large schools of whitebait can be a bit inconsistent to find in early spring.

So if you want to learn how to chum up whitebait and pinfish (even on cooler mornings), then you’re going to love this.

In this LIVE on the water podcast episode we discuss:

  • The best chum we’ve ever used to attract loads of bait up to your boat (you can buy it here)
  • Best types of spots to find the bait
  • Why you should always have a line in the water when chumming for bait

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Here’s a timestamped table of contents from this episode:

2:45 – How to properly mix the Blackout Chum to maximize the amount of bait that comes up to your boat (or kayak)

4:40 – How to bring the baitfish up to your boat (creating a proper spread)

8:00 – Potential new Slam Shady shrimp…

11:07 – The best time to catch live bait

11:45 – What to do right before you throw your net

13:20 – Whitebait Motherload!!!

17:35 – How to freeze Blackout Chum for pinfish traps

21:20 – Why you should always have some Slam Shady paddletails and Alabama Leprechaun jerk shads ready to throw right after you chum an area


What an awesome morning!

I hope you enjoyed this LIVE chumming tip and that you find loads of bait this spring.

You can get everything we used in this podcast here:

Do you have any other live bait fishing tips?

Or any questions about catching bait on the flats?

Let us know down in the comments.

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Robert Douglas
2 years ago

I got my Blackout Chum today. I’m curious as to how it will work in my friends creek that has tons of Channel, Blue and yellow cats in it. Every time I go there it’s always a good day of fishing but I wonder if they would come in droves.

Aaron Trevino
2 years ago

When will the double leprechaun rigging video be out? Very intrigued.

Luke Simonds
2 years ago
Reply to  Aaron Trevino

It is on schedule to go live this Friday

John D Hall
2 years ago

At least here on the TX gulf coast, anglers should consider conservation efforts after the hard freeze we had. Over 8.6 Million fish were killed and the vast majority were bait fish. Trout were also hard hit. However, the food chain has been impacted with perch, mullet, shad, etc. Please consider using artificial and practicing catch and release or taking only what you can eat. Catching live bait will stress the food chain and more game fish may be stressed looking for food. Thanks for your consideration! 🙂

John D Hall
2 years ago
Reply to  John D Hall

Maybe use some Slam Shady…..IJS

Robert Douglas
2 years ago
Reply to  John D Hall

I’m already practicing catching release so I was wanting to use it to bring in the bait which will bring in the fish which I can then catch. No plans on keeping anything this year and quite possibly next year too. I have a question though. If any flounder were affected, which in the long run they probably will be because 89% of the fish killed were bait fish according to initial reports, would the flounder stay at the bottom instead of washing up on shore? I’m also curious as to how the freeze affected the oyster and shrimp population. I know the oystering here in Calhoun County has come practically to a stop after the freeze.

James Woodmansee
2 years ago

Joe said that other chum would be better for reefs and snapper; what other chum? why not this chum?

Luke Simonds
2 years ago

There are many other chum products out on the market that have bigger chunks of meat (often with oats & sand) which are designed to sink faster and appeal to larger reef fish.

This chum is specifically designed to draw in baitfish with a side benefit of drawing in the larger predators in the shallows who smell the scent and then see all of the bait.

Victor Gatell Jr
2 years ago

I’m sorry, “The Double Leprechaun Rig”, so now you are casting with a mini school of bait? Just when I thought I had seen it all, lol. Brilliant, though

Luke Simonds
2 years ago

Haha! It hasn’t worded as well for the big trout (over 22 inches) up in the shallows, but the smaller ones can’t resist it.

Chuck Phillippi
2 years ago

Great info, yea a polarized filter would definitely help.

Rick Fueyo
2 years ago

Great to see you this afternoon Joe and now your Blackout Chum makes sense… ;). Just ordered

Last edited 2 years ago by Rick Fueyo
Ken Willcoxon
2 years ago

Will the Blackout chum work for mullet?

Nicholas George
2 years ago

Question for Luke: Have you tried tying mono AND fluoro with different variations on your double rig to see if it can help with the fluoro vs mono debate ? Just a thought

Luke Simonds
2 years ago

I haven’t tried that because the easiest way to tie this rig is to use 1 strand of line and tie a surgeon’s loop slightly offset of the middle to be the point that is connected to the mainline.

Nicholas George
2 years ago
Reply to  Luke Simonds

Ahh that makes sense!


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