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For a few years I've cast netted Pine Island Sound For Bait. I chum with aquarium fish food for 20 minutes before throwing. This year it seems I just catch mostly baby pinfish. I have seen other guys come in with white bait in their livewells.

I go out near Captiva Pass and chum in the grass shallows to get my bait about 3 feet deep. My net is an 8 footer. What can I do and what am I doing wrong to get quality bait?

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Last time I was down in PIS I got white bait on the flat just north of Useppa Island. It was a little skiddish but I threw the net 4-5 times and blacked both of my wells. I had to chum them pretty heavily.
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Went with a guide last year and the white bait in front of Sanibel on the gulf side was thick.
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I have never chummed for white bait. Will be in Big Pine in july and would like to try it. Best chum ???
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Johnson Shoals. Pinfish work just as good this time of year. You can catch them anywhere above the power lines. last years flood waters killed most to the grass below them. Lots of big thread fins outside all the passes right now.I will be out there Friday for tarpon.
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Thanks for the comments
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I have never chummed for white bait. Will be in Big Pine in july and would like to try it. Best chum ???
I use the tropical fish food with a little menhaden oil and water. This past season I started putting a little silver glitter in there too. I don't know if it helps much but I don't have any trouble getting bait!

I got the glitter idea from another chum company that started doing that. Their stuff was ridiculously expensive but the bag I bought did have great results. Let me see if I can't track down their info for you.
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This has been a strange beginning to summer for bait. It is just not around yet. We were blacking out livewells in February with white bait, that is not normal. By the second week in June white bait will be back to its normal patterns. There was some decent bait at Jug Creek Shoal Saturday, first time in a long time. Save your money on the glitter, dry chum mixed with menhaden oil and water will do the trick everytime.
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I was hoping it wasn't just me....I buy my chum at the feed store in Fort Myers, and it always worked fine before. Thanks for letting me know I'm not the only one having a problem with bait.
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Yeh, bait has been weird this year. lots of threads but not much white bait. Tried around picnic couple weeks ago for pins chummed heavy and waited, was pulling up one and two every throw. Rrrrrr. Went out this past Monday and the new schools of baby threads were all over the causeway spans. Damm pita. Lol.
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Another weird thing, I see very few schools of Ladyfish.
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No bait pods = no lady fish
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a cheap and easy chum that i made myself was going to the grocery store and get a couple cans of jack mackeral. mash the mackeral up in a zip lock bag with flour and a little corn meal until it's all mashed up. throw in thumbnail sized pieces until you see the white bait in it. resist the urge to throw on the pinfish. good luck!
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I buy a #50 bag of aquarium fish food at the feed store, mix with sand and menhaden oil, left over chopped up baitfish, and water. Freeze in red solo cups. I throw one of these in and keep chumming with the aquarium food mixed with water for 20 minutes. #50 is around $30.
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Check out my cast net video if you get a chance. No teeth, no getting wet. http://youtu.be/MGbknx7pHlM

If you need a DJ, http://djriptide.com
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Originally Posted by devildog12210 View Post
I use the tropical fish food with a little menhaden oil and water. This past season I started putting a little silver glitter in there too. I don't know if it helps much but I don't have any trouble getting bait!

I got the glitter idea from another chum company that started doing that. Their stuff was ridiculously expensive but the bag I bought did have great results. Let me see if I can't track down their info for you.
Two kinds of glitter, one metal and one plastic. Better to use the metal kind since it corrodes and disintegrates. The plastic doesn't.
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Originally Posted by SWF Pontoon Angler View Post
Check out my cast net video if you get a chance. No teeth, no getting wet. http://youtu.be/MGbknx7pHlM

If you need a DJ, http://djriptide.com
That is the only way to throw a cast net IMHO. No lead/ seawater in your mouth, and no water on your clothes.

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Thanks, and it's very easy to learn!
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The Threadfins are all over the beach here in Sarasota from point of rocks to long boat pass. All hand size! This is not common for us in pods this size and mass. I think we got your bait migration up here?
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Originally Posted by Fishinfruition View Post
The Threadfins are all over the beach here in Sarasota from point of rocks to long boat pass. All hand size! This is not common for us in pods this size and mass. I think we got your bait migration up here?
I agree with this and I think the nearshore habitat destruction from the lake O discharges is the problem. In Fort Myers, we normally have no brainer scaled sardines all over from the beach, to Tarpon Bay, Chino etc. much tougher this year and highly variable even with steady weather.

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