If you are planning to hire a fishing boat so you can do some deep sea fishing, you will probably want to try to catch the kinds of fish which you can't catch in rivers and lakes. However, fish that live in the sea are attracted to different kinds of bait when compared to their freshwater cousins. Saltwater fish typically like to eat live or very fresh bait, so you should try to bring bait which has been purchased that morning with you or, even better, use live catches as bait. Below is a guide to 4 types of bait you may want to use when sea fishing.
Harvesting beach and bloodworms from a local beach is an easy enough task. You just need a good shovel and a little bit of time. However, it is important to note that some local authorities restrict the times when these creatures can be collected. You should check local by-laws to ensure you do not end up with a fine from the local council. Worms can be used as bait for flounder, flathead and mulloway fish.
Shellfish such as cockles, limpet, mussels and clams are easy to get hold of and do not cost much so you can afford to stock up on these for use as a backup bait if you run out of expensive or fresh bait. Another benefit of using shellfish as bait is that they are incredibly hardy which means that they will not disintegrate in a rough swell. Shellfish can be used to catch a broad range of fish such as snapper, bream, dart and whiting.
Crustaceans such as crayfish and yabbies and crayfish can be used as bait in order to attract and catch many different species of fish such as snapper, whiting, leatherjackets, garfish, bream and emperor. Fresh small crabs which help you to catch groper, grunter and parrot fish.
Smaller fish such as pilchards and mackerel make ideal pieces of bait if you wish to catch bigger fish. The oils contained in these smaller fish will spread their scent through the water and will attract larger fish such as barramundi, cod, tuna and mahi-mahi.
If you are all set to hire a boat and you would like to know which kind of bait is best for your expedition, you should contact the local fishing boat hire company. The staff will be happy to talk things over with you before recommending a bait and a boat which is suitable for your needs.