Category: bait fishing

Good afternoon Italo hope you n the family are doing well during this time. Not sure what episode it was or who was in the boat. You were using calamari in bait heads. Do you remember what episode that was. I grab a pack of frozen calamari. Not sure how you cut it up for the bait heads. Thanks for a great show tight lines

Posted on March 26th, 2021

Glad you enjoyed that Canadian Sportfishing episode fishing with my good friend Aldo Nava who operates www.niagarafishingadventures.com . Also has been experimenting buying large frozen calamari, cutting the body into the same shape as a “cut-bait’ to fit into the Luhr Jensen Cut Bait Heads and he also treats them by coloring them a bright green and storing them in a brine solution. When we did the show I was impressed at the number of fish we caught and also that the calamari strip stood-up to catching many salmon/trout.

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I have a chance to pick up frozen minnows but before I get them what will they be like unthawed to use for fishing . How long will they stand up compared to fresh minnows . And if I have to refreeze them what is the best solution to freeze them in. Thank You John

Posted on September 9th, 2019

Hi John, frozen minnows can work ok if they were frozen fresh and not too old (freezer burned). Personally I would purchase live minnows and freeze them myself to ensure they are freshly frozen. After use I don’t think it would be wise to re-freeze them as they would not be as fresh…God bless you.

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Would you consider a size 6 octopus hook an okay size for rainbow trout when “still fishing” with corn? I know that a lot of guys use smaller hooks (10-14) but then there is the possibility of gut hooking, or in my experience fish throwing the hook. I got some Berkley fusion hooks in size 6 and they look all right. Caught some chub and carp on them but no trout just yet :)

Posted on October 22nd, 2018

Hi Angler, if you are baitfishing for any species of fish, including trout  and  you don’t want your catch to swallow the hook so you can release it with minimal harm, you should consider using a small Circle Hook like the Gamakatsu Octopus Circle Hook. I would suggest you use sizes ranging from 10-8. Circle hooks are designed so that if a fish in hales it, if you just  keep reeling the hook will out to the yaw and as the fish tries to swim away, the hook catches the edge of the mouth. Caution, when using a Circle hook you don’t set the hook hard/fast since you can pull the hook right out of the fish. You just firmly start reeling and the hook sets itself on the edge of the mouth…God bless you.

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Hi Italo. I just have a question about spinning reels. You know how a reel has an “anti reverse lever” so that when it is on it does not let the handle of the reel go backwards. Some reels have an instant anti reverse while others let the handle turn back quite a bit before stopping. What is generally better when still fishing? Perhaps the old school reels were actually better because they let the fishing line out a bit so the fish wouldn’t feel the tension right away. Perhaps not lol What do you think? Thank you!

Posted on August 24th, 2018

You can use either spinning reel for fishing bait where you wait for a fish to pick it up and take off with it. If you mostly “still-fish”, either with bait and a bobber or just on the bottom you should really use a “bait-runner” spininng reel that is equipped with two drags. One for fighting fish and one that you set for letting line out at a certain tension when a fish takes the bait.  With these reels, a fish can take line (with a very loose drag), but as soon as you turn the handle, the main drag engages.

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I fish a lake in northern Algoma every year; successful baits are worms, minnows, and leeches. However, almost every fish we catch has crayfish in the stomach. I have trapped lots of crayfish on this lake, but can’t catch a fish with one. I’ve drifted with them, or trolled them hooked through the tail on a June Bug or behind other spinners, all to no avail. Do you have any tips on how to fish with crayfish? Since I know the fish in the lake eat crayfish quite a lot, there must be a way. . . ThanksJack Davis

Posted on December 25th, 2017

Hi Jack, crayfish are an important food source in every body of water they are plentiful. I have caught everything from brook trout to pike with crayfish in their stomachs. Just fishing a crayfish hooked through the tail on a 1/4 oz jig or on a sliding-sinker, live-bait rig should work. I have no idea why you are not hooking fish in the areas you have fished crayfish. The only thing I can suggest is that you try fishing crayfish in different locations. I have a feeling that if you find feeding fish, you will certainly catch them on crayfish…God bless you.

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Where did you get your round plastic container for roe bait you take with you when you go steelhead fishing

Posted on February 13th, 2017

Hi Rick, it’s called Bait2Go and can be used with live bait like minnows, crayfish, leeches, cut bait and especially messy skeened eggs and roe bags.

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Best to order it online at, http://bait2go.ca/ .

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Taking small grandchildren to trout pond in fonthill. Bait suggestions???

Posted on March 31st, 2016

If you go on opening day better get there early, as you probably know there will be hundreds of people surrounding that pond. If you can try and pick up the Trout Formula BaitCloud product (at least 1-3pack)). Dropping a Bait Cloud in front of yo where the children will be fishing will definitely attract the rainbows to your area.

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For bait you can use small garden worms on a hook with a split-shot sinker and float, or a roe-bag that you can purchase at Pete’s Tackle in St. Catharines.  I would fish the bait about 6-8′ below the float.

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Hi Italo, Merry Christmas to you and yours! I want to catch my own minnows to use as bait and was wondering what the best option is as far as minnow nets go. Are cast nets like the ones they use in Florida legal in Ontario? If so would you recommend those or have you used a style that works better? Thanks

Posted on December 28th, 2015

Thank you for your kind wishes. We wish you an excellent 2016! Cast nest are not legal to use on Ontario. You can use a fine mesh dip-net with a diameter of up to 6′. Many angler use the same spreader arms as for a smelt net, but use a finer mesh for the baitfish. If the baitfish are large enough, you can use a smelt net.

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Most anglers use a 4’x4′ minnow net. I find that they sink a little slow so I add a 1/2 oz. weight to each corner. Using soft cat food that comes in a can or even small pieces of crumpled up bread works well as a chum to attract them over the net.

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in the canal under the highlevel bridge at the far west end of the Hamilton bay are tens of thousands of minnows about an inch long.some one suggested they were carp but I doubt that.do you know or can find out what they are?

Posted on November 4th, 2015

Can’t identify minnows or small fish without seeing them, but my guess is that if they are long and thin (as opposed to short and deep), they are most likely emerald shiners that are feeding in the Bay.

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The only way I can confirm what they are is if you sent me a close-up image of one…God bless you, Italo

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Hi Italo I have noticed on a few different times you are telling people in the Niagara Region to fish with live Minnows. Where is the closest place in the falls to buy minnows or can you suggest where to go trap minnows. Thank you for all your help.

Posted on November 3rd, 2014

Hi John…Most anglers in the Niagara Region either dip-net their minnows are Port Dalhousie, ON, the Queenston Boat Launch, Queenston, ON, or at the Fort Erie, ON boat launch. The emerald shiners get so thick you can see them. As a last resort you can also purchase them at Pete’s Bait & Tackle in St. Catharines, ON or at Erie Tracker, Port Colborne, ON…God bless you, Italo

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