Bait Map Library
The maps you'll find in this section change seasonally as the water temperatures change. In the springtime, once the waters reach 72F. or so, the first of the massive bait schools begin to appear. Among the popular and productive summertime baits are
- Pilchard or Scaled Sardines; also called whitebait because of their shiny silver bodies, these native species are found and netted in relatively shallow flats for the most part (although they also frequent bridges).
- Threadfin herring (also called greenbacks) is another whitebait. Threadfins are an excellent tarpon bait, and are mostly found in open water, where you need a bigger and heavier cast net to catch them. They do not respond to chum like scaled sardines do. They can easily be caught on Sabiki rigs.
- American Shad. Often mistaken for threadfin herring, these oily fish are the source of Menhaden Oil.
- And more... (pinfish, pigfish, finger mullet, etc.)