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What's The Secret to Oyster Beds?

Dear Captain"What's The Secret to Oyster Beds?"

Hi Bob,

Not all oyster beds and their locations are the same. They can be fished differently depending on many conditions and variables. But an average oyster bed or bar will have a side which is closer to deeper water or has deeper water on one side of it. The oyster bar can be a safe haven for crabs and baitfish like mullet to protect themselves against predators by getting around the shallow side and on top of the bar where there is only inches of water. The predator gamefish can't get to them until the tide can put a bit more water over the oyster bar.

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What the gamefish will do is use the oyster bar as a wall to pin bait and crabs against it on the deeper side. The gamefish will station themselves between the bar and the open water as bait comes off to that side. The gamefish will ambush the bait as it tries to move to open water. You want to work the edges of the bar from shallow to deep, especially following the tidal flow. You can even work the top of the oyster bar if it has a few inches of water, working a bait like a weightless Texas-rigged plastic jerkbait. Work it across the top to the edges of the bar from shallow to deep. I would also make sure my plastic bait was scented with Pro Cure scent, either crab or mullet.

Thank you for sending in your question to The Online Fisherman.

Captain David M Rieumont
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