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Trout/Redfish Live Bait #14066766 07/19/21 03:53 PM
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I am new to the bay fishing scene and am trying to learn the ropes. This past weekend all the bait shops were out of live bait, so I decided to cast net bait. I caught hundreds of 2" shad as well as small and bigger mullet. I caught a couple redfish on shad but no trout. Is live shad and mullet typically good bait for trout and redfish? We chummed up a bunch of sharks at the end for some easy catching but would really like to target trout. I know soft plastics work well, but I typically take out the ole lady with me and it's easier to have her fish live bait. Thank you in advance for any advice!

Re: Trout/Redfish Live Bait [Re: Krappie-King] #14068063 07/20/21 06:10 PM
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This time of year for reds it's either live or cut mullet. If you catch a skip jack cut it up makes great cut bait for reds. For trout live or even cut mullet works. I've caught numerous trout (and even flounder) on cut mullet. But live croaker is tough to beat for trout. If bait shops are out of croaker catch some 3"-5" mullet and go hunting. May need to add a popping cork. If trout aren't hitting live mullet try cut mullet. May just need to cut the tail off the mullet and hook it through the back so it can swim around or sometimes cut it completely in half. I've caught em both ways. Caught a flounder last weekend on a chunk of cut mullet.


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Re: Trout/Redfish Live Bait [Re: Jerry713] #14068136 07/20/21 07:50 PM
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I appreciate the reply Jerry! I went to three bait shops around Freeport and none of them had live shrimp or croaker. I'm taking the boat out again this weekend and will give the mullet a try. I think the shad might've been a little too small of a bait to be throwing. Tight Lines fish

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