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Popular Florida baitfish for trophy fish.

Posted on April 18th, 2017

When we’re fishing in southwest Florida and targeting larger gamefish off-shore in the Gulf of Mexico we usually catch live bait with a Sabiki rig (multiple small hook/flies on tippets). We either visually spot baitfish on the surface, or we mark them on the Raymarine fishfinder and than lower the rig down.

blue_runner

Bluerunners are one of the toughest and strongest swimming baitfish that can crow up to several pounds. The smaller one (as pictured above), work great for most gamefish.

Atlantic_Bumper

Butterfish (Atlantic Pumper), are one of the “flashiest” baitfish due to their wide body profile, but beware the prickly spines!

cigar_minnow

The Cigar Minnow is one of my favorite, long, slick and fiesty it’s my favorite bait for King Mackerel.  If you’re planning on doing any off-shore fishing either on your own, or with a charter boat, it’s a good idea to have some of these live baitfish.

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