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Lure or bait

#1 Post by Litchfield » Wed Jul 19, 2017 10:20 pm

What is everyone's preferred method in estuaries ? And why :)

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#2 Post by Aussie54 » Thu Jul 20, 2017 6:05 pm

Lures only. Don't do and haven't used bait for around 10 years or more after a mate down south coast introduced me to soft plastics. Far too convenient and no smells.

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#3 Post by simons rat » Thu Jul 20, 2017 7:28 pm

Lures for me. I like the idea it is more like hunting and i need to think about where I cast and how I work the lure to get a hit.


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#4 Post by Leper » Thu Jul 20, 2017 9:00 pm

Lures for me as well! No smell and I like to explore as I go so lures give the opportunity to keep moving.


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#5 Post by seanpig » Fri Jul 21, 2017 10:12 am

Lures all the way. It keeps you busy when in the yak, plus the variety of lures means options to get the fish to bite

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#6 Post by Whisky » Fri Jul 21, 2017 11:18 am

There is no estuary fishing up here for kayak. Otherwise, I generally use plastics. There will be occasions that we like to anchor up somewhere that coles prawns are preferred.

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#7 Post by pdfarrell » Fri Jul 21, 2017 11:49 am

I'm 100% lures. No mess, smell or transport logistics. (I live almost 2 hours away from where I normally fish).
I'd much rather tie/clip a lure on an go looking for the fish, but if you'd rather kick back and wait for the fish to find you, then maybe bait is a better fit.

If you're in two minds, give soft plastics a go.
In particular, grubs, as you don't really have to impart any action, just a lift or twitch here and there.
There's not too many fish in the places I frequent that wont take a 2.5" Motoroil Grub.

Some soft plastics, like Gulp and especially the Ecogear stuff blur the line between a lure and bait anyway.

I think bait has a place, in certain fishing situations, for inshore pelagics on livies, snapper on fresh caught squid etc.
But most of the time can also be replaced by lures.

Each to their own.

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#8 Post by Swamp Stalker » Fri Jul 21, 2017 5:38 pm

Lures except for kingies, where the live squid reigns supreme.

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#9 Post by Declan N » Mon Aug 21, 2017 6:11 pm

Usually bait. Lures work but I've grown up with bait and the experience means I get more fish on it. Lures still work for me but just personal preference. My dodgy nose means I can't smell it either! I accidentally left fish frames to rot in an esky for a week over Christmas and still couldn't smell it with the lid open when it was a metre from my nose!
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#10 Post by FishnDive » Mon Aug 21, 2017 7:09 pm

Species dependent for me; SP's for flathead, SP's and hardbodies for snapper, but pipis for king george whiting.

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#11 Post by Cresta57 » Mon Aug 21, 2017 10:48 pm

I bought my yak in 2011 to date I haven't used bait while fishing from it. It's cost me a fortune in lures but I've caught better fish as I've improved. I still can't catch consistently on SP's I just don't seem to hook up properly. Hard bodies all the way for me. SX40's SX60's Micro & Mini Mullet & Sebile Koolie minnows. I sometimes pump nippers for the wife if she comes along as she's a bait fisher.

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#12 Post by dinodadog » Tue Aug 22, 2017 5:17 am

I lure, fly and baitfish for bass. At the moment and most of the time these days its lure fishing, but now and again I'll have a baitfish day and will really enjoy myself.When I do baitfish I put just as much effort into catching fish as I do using lure or fly, I dont just sit there waiting for the fish to come to me, of course thats is if you want to catch fish or just sit and have a rest.. I gave a talk at a seminar once on bait fishing and another bloke gave a talk on lures and at half time guess who had the most people asking questions me. I dont find any type of fishing superior to the other, I love them all. :lol: :lol: :lol:

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