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What are the best baits for fishing the beach?

Dear Captain"What type of fishing rig and bait would you recommend for fishing Captiva?" Dear Captain "I want to fish Captiva Island in the surf. Regardless of what beach I fish, what are the best baits?"

First that area is a excellent place to catch all kinds of fish, but I would target some snook, trout, flounder, sharks and more. Starting with snook, they will be feeding up and down the beach. You will be able to see some swimming in the swash channel. For lures I would use the following three:

  1. Spro bucktail jigs (White or white/green in the 1/4 oz size).
  2. Mirrorlure Mirrodine in the XL size in color # 18 or 49, both have some green in them.
  3. Zara Spook Jr in the bone or bone/silver color.
Spro BucktailHere's a picture of the Spro Bucktail Jig, a really good artificial bait to use from the beach.

You can use a sabiki rig or cast net to catch some bait right off the beach. Any of the live bait fish you catch can be used as bait. These baits will include pinfish, grunts, finger mullet, scaled sardines, threadfin herring, creek chubs etc. You can use these live on a 1/0 hook and freeline them, which means: tie your main fishing line directly to a 30 inch - 25 lb fluorocarbon leader (no swivels) to a 1/0 hook with a loop knot; the best bait overall being the scaled sardine. You can hook it from side to side through the clear spot in the nose. You can hook any other bait fish you catch the same way, through the nose from side to side. As a backup you can bring some live shrimp along, which you can purchase at a local bait shop. Shrimp is a great bait for all fish running the beach, the only problem is that the pinfish chew it up fast, but the shrimp will give you the opportunity to catch some pompano that might be running the beach. Pompano will not eat baitfish, but they will eat shrimp.

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