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There are folks that like to
use artificials and those that prefer bait.
No doubt bait can be more productive, and
it's equally true that artificials can cover
more water and be less hassle to source when
you get that idea on a whim that you want to
go fishing. Downside to fishing the
more productive natural baits is that you've
got to source it yourself. Live bait is both
difficult to find commercially and
uneconomical to buy. Of course it's always
better to "match the hatch" as our
flyfishing cousins say. So, surf anglers
often make use of what's nearby. Mussels,
clams, sand fleas or sand crabs, and the
very highly regarded ghost shrimp are the
bread and butter of successful surf angers
along the Pacific Coast.
We stock two primary
products for catching Sand Crabs. One
of the most convenient is the Crab "n" Go.
This is a light weight stainless steel
catcher. It's a very convenient 7 inch
by almost 5 inch "cup" with rugged handle,
made for years of good service. The
"cup" has 3/8" holes. Follow the surf as it
recedes, make a scoop and look for the tasty
morsels as the sand flows from the "cup."
Another product commonly
used is a Sand Rake. These are much
larger, can cover more ground and catch more
critters. We stock these in our shop and
they run under $50, however they are rather
expensive to ship.
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Couple ways to go here. If you are in search of Corbs, ghost
shrimp can improve your catch rate by 90%, maybe more, compared
to anything else. Anything. But, you've got to make 'em.
We sell two basic types at our shop, Australian import
stainless steel pumps and cheaper PVC pumps from StrikeMaster.
The PVC models will ultimately lose their seal and need to be
serviced, by you, or more likely tossed for a new one. The stainless
steel Alvey models can last year upon year.
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Bait Pumps are constructed of marine grade stainless steel
with a brass plunger rod and rubber suction washers. The
stainless steel handles are covered with foam grips. Barrel
diameter 2 inches. Use to extract worms, crustaceans and
ghost shrimp (Yabbies) from wet sand and mud banks.
The 24″ model is popular for those who travel or need a
shorter length to pack in their gear bag. (special order).
The 30″ is very popular, allowing you to pump from a more
upright position. The 40″ is recommended for taller people
and situations where you pump from a boat in shallow water
or, from a position where you are standing higher than
the sand or mud flat below. (If you are close to 6' tall or
better, get the 40 incher and save your back).
There will be additional shipping charges for these items.
You will be notified of those charges for your approval
prior to billing and shipping.
The folks from Ahi
offer several very nice squid catching
rigs, from gangion style to some BIG jigs
for Humbolt or Baja giants. All are luminous,
all offer large barbless hooks and are
made with attention to quality and value.
The first item offered is a multi-hook
gangion style jig. They're wonderful
for Arrow squid, for 6 inch squirts.
a very unique product, one we're sure no one in your neighborhood
owns. For folks traveling where the really big squid reside,
like Baja, we've got something that's going to make your eyes bug out
just like Beth's do when she finds a box of See's candy on my desk...
If you're targeting 20# plus squid, this is a great jig.
This is a MONDO size squid jig, over one foot
long, luminious, lots of hooks for grabbing these tasty cephalopods.
You can get an idea of the size, the coin next to the jig is a
quarter. This is a very big squid jig, a bit over one foot in
length. Catch a giant squid
on a jig like this and you'll be making calimari steaks not little
rings! Heck, you could end up making a ring big enough to put a
basketball through! These are GIANT squid jigs for GIANT squids.
- Strike Master Squid Catcher
couple years ago ago we had a guest speaker at the shop. Jeff Marsilio skipper of
the Old No.7 and also a commercial squid fisherman when the charters
aren't booked gave us the low-down on fishing white seabass and making
squid. He introduced us to a new product which he discusses on
the video we made of his presentation (see the
Journal). It took us a few weeks to get the product
here, and it's something you're going to want if you are in water's
posses squid, the things we call "candy bait." There's
no better bait in the sea, certainly no better bait for white seabass.
If you fish from a private boat and target the big croakers, buy a couple
of these catcher rigs and a good underwater bait-light. You'll
find the combination invaluable.
Master has really expanded their line of squid jigs this year,
introducing many excellent luminescent weighted squid jigs.
They weight from 3 ounces all the way up to 1.5 pounds! The jigs
are cable wired for long term durability. The Strike Master
folks really have increased their line significantly, and are offering
some unique ideas for making bait. If you target squid, these
weighted jigs will do very well for you.
Owner Bait Rigs
Owner's Sabiki Rigs have multiple bait catching lures rigged to a main line. They
are great for catching sardines, mackerel, herring and other baitfish. These are an
essential for any long range trip, and work their magic for us local guys too.
We're stocking several
varieties of Owner Sabiki rigs. Some are
very suitable for making mackerel, what you
generally want to have for the larger tuna on a
long range trip. These are the squid
imitations with the larger skirts. As
well, some of the larger size "non-rubber"
versions also do very well, particularly the
gold colored hair sabikis (#5528).
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Long Range Bait Catchers
recently came out with some very innovative and economical bait
catching rigs. They both feature barbless hooks for easy "off
loading." They're both multi-colored, lightly weighted, mylar
loaded, mini-squids. They'll catch your bait...economically!
If you're a private boater in need of making some macks for bait, a
sharker, or a long range angler, you'll appreciate the quality and
the design of these dandy micro-squid sabikis. Rigged on 20# mono.
They work great for catching mackerel and other large bait.
Dip Net -NE-201
This is a great bait
catching dip net. Features strong
Ace Nylon netting on a galbanized steel
frame. For easy operation it's
spring-loaded frame pops the net open for
use and folds completely in one quick
step. Specifically designed hemmed edges
insure your catch will stay in the net.
Complete with 25' rope. NE-201 42"x42",
Live Bait Traps
are lots of reasons to use these nets.
Here's my favorite: If you keep your boat
in the harbor like I do, you've got a
great opportunity to catch the best
halibut bait you can find: smelt. Not only
are they good for halibut, it seems like
every predatory fish from yellowtail to
white seabass relish smelt. So, toss
in some bread in to the bait sock and toss
her over the side when you go to bed.
When you wake up, you'll probably have
enough pieces of quality bait to bring
home the bacon...or more likely some
Ahi Sabiki Rigs
takes a lot to get a guy excited about a bait catching rig.
Usually it's just one more thing to bring on the boat. I've got to
give the Ahi rigs their due, they're a great rig. All Ahi
Sabiki rigs are produced from only the highest quality components.
They feature a ball bearing and crane swivels, designed to minimize
line kinds and twist. You'll get more use from these rigs than
others, you'll take care of them as you would a valued lure.
You won't toss 'em in the trash after one use. They are
equipped with sharp, high quality hooks, hand tied to super strong
nylon chip leader material. The rigs are enhanced with green
glow and red flash beads. Each rig included six hooks, differing
line weight between main and branch lines.
of the hassles some folks experience in
using a sabiki is what to do with it after
you've used it to make bait. They don't
lend themselves to being repackaged too
well, with several hooks six feet or so of
mainline plus the droppers. Also, it takes
time to rig and put away, and then you
might not have one handy when the bait
does pop up again. The Ahi rig stows the
sabiki inside the rod! Over the past
couple years several Sabiki rods have come
on the market, and again ProMar/Ahi came
up with some improvements over what has
been available. Again stowing the sabiki
rig, and the rod is an issue for private
boaters as well as long range fishermen.
The Ahi design is multi-piece (3 to be
exact). It's also a little longer, helping
to get the rig away from the boat, and
other angler's tangles. The rod also
features a gimble (with cap) to aid in
use. For use with conventional reels. -
Please note the rod is not as pictured on
the right - it does NOT have an aluminum
New micro-squid from Ahi.
ProMar Bait Motels
you ever returned to the dock with a bunch
of great bait, only to feed the birds?
Some folks discovered that you can toughen
up and "cure" your bait better, save a few
dollars by re-using baitfish. Even
better, you can make some smelt at the
dock and keep 'em in the bait motel for
later use. Also, for folks traveling
to Catalina or San Clemente for an
overnighter (or any destination for that
matter). Why run the risk of draining your
battery by running a bait pump all night
long? Don't do it, just transfer
your bait to a small motel for the
evening. The bait motels are quality
constructed for extended use.
They're great for the dock and for use
aboard your boat while at sea.
NE 750 30 gallon Motel
HYDRO GLOW lights
are the preferred night light for attracting bait,
baitfish, squid, and predatory fish that feed on these
critters. The Hydro Glow lights are the best available for
private boaters, the most recommended fish attracting lights
on the market, and they have been for many years. They are
not the least expensive, but when the full package is
considered, they represent a very worthwhile investment in
fish catching technology. If you are serious about
catching white seabass off the SoCal coast, you need squid.
If you need to "make" squid or other baits, you need a Hydro
HYDRO GLOW LED BAIT LIGHTS
A few years ago Hydro Glow
updated their lights from big fragile
tubes to LED lights. BIG improvement for
most of us, the new LED's were VERY
durable, you didn't have to be so
careful since the LED's were much more
tolerant of being tossed or banged on
the boat. Well, there's another change
coming and it's a very good one. The
longer 2 and 4 foot LED lights are
history, discontinued! While we
hate to see 'em go, the new lights are
even better. Hydroglow has a new wrinkle
in their design and it's a very good
thing for private boaters. The new
lights are smaller, take up very little
room on a boat and they have a plethora of
high output LED's. The new lights are
brighter than their four foot cousins,
and they take about the same space as a
can of beer.
The LED's are VERY
durable, capable of putting up with
far more abuse than the older style
lights. The new ones, well, more
light, more bait, less room needed
aboard the boat.
There are some benefits with the new lights that
should appeal to a lot of folks. Since they are
basically solid state, they can deal with
natural abuse that's likely to occur on most
boats, they can deal better with some bumping
around that a tube-style light. The lights also
have a proprietary coating on their bright LED's
to help absorb shock and make them waterproof
for use in the water and added durability for
years of hard use. The LED's are also darn
efficient, drawing just 1/2 to 1 amp of juice!
For the private boater, these may be exactly
what you have been wanting to keep on the boat -
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I first came across this
product at ICAST several years ago. I was very much
interested, but at that point there was no way for me to
bring the piece into this country. They're based in Norway,
and it would have been a pain in the keester to import 'em.
I've been following them ever since, and fishing the sample
they provided me. They also had some growing to do, earn
their USA patent... We are now pleased to be able to offer
this unique product to our clients. The Esca fish attractor
utilizes light and electro-magnetic influences to attract
gamefish. It can improve the performance of all lures,
imitates natures own lure lights, and adds life to lures and
bait. While the piece can be used as a lure, it truly shines
best by treating it as an attractor. I wrote this back
around 2007, and through 2010 we saw this product grow in
popularity. But, then something happened. Their USA manager
disappeared, did not come to the ICAST shows for years, we
could not make contact, and people kept calling asking about
the esca lights, if we had any... I'll cut to the
chase, we found 'em, we've got 'em, and you'd do well to
are four different styles/types of Esca attractors. The
devices emit either green or blue light, and that light is
either a constant fade or blinking/strobe. They are powered
by saltwater itself, and will work for up to 100 hours of
fishing time - no batteries involved. The best use for the
Esca device is to use them as an add-on to your existing
lures. They have proven very successful for folks targeting
swordfish, all types of deeper water rockfish, and most
recently billfish. (They have been used in several
tournaments for great effect). The Esca replicates the
wavelength, intensity and frequency of light emitted by
different types of fish and plankton - the manufacturer
refers to this as the "pulse of life!" They also create an
electromagnetic field that triggers the hunting instincts in
fish. Fish will bite, and bite harder! The Esca will improve
the visibility of your lures and tackle, improving your odds
at getting bit.
Esca attractors weigh
7 grams. They can be used by themselves as a small jig, but
they are really best used together with spinners, jigs,
iron, and bait. You can rig them inside soft bodied squid
skirts, inline, with deep diving lures and with trolling
lures. For some rigging ideas please
We now also stock esca accessories, their
squid and shrimp lures. These hollow bodied transparent
lures are made to hold an esca light. Use them with a scent
or fresh dead bait and be ready to catch some fish.
Accessory lures are packed two per box, no light is included
- just the two baits.
Promar LED Glow Light Stick
folks from Promar continually come out with nifty items for
fishermen and boaters. Their newest addition to their line is an LED
Glow Light Stick. Unlike other light sticks, these are reusable. The
light's housing is luminescent, and uses replaceable batteries for
power. It's a chemical-free means to shed some light on your bait
cages, for use as markers, for whatever use you'd put your basic
light stick to accomplishing.
- Replaceable Batteries
- Glow Casing
- Extra Batteries Included!
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Promar Diamond Strobe
Our friends from Promar also
have introduced a Diamond strobe light - very much the equal to the
model posted above. It's indistinquishable, functions the same way,
lasts the same length of time, but is a better value. (Both lights
probably are produced by the same factory overseas). The Promar LED
light will work for 300 hours of use, and can be used at depths up
to 3,500 feet. It's powered by a Lithium Battery, included. We sell
these lights for $7.99.
Looking for bait nets? Please visit our other
"Making Bait" page for more Promar and Ahi
bait catching ideas.