Price of bait

 Went and bought my first bait today since about 2006 before moving to the north. $48 for a 2kg box of Lund's, nearly fainted at the counter. Think the weekend will be spent on the throw net as opposed to fishing, what's the price at your local?

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Yeah a bit expensive up this

Thu, 2022-07-28 17:44

Yeah a bit expensive up this way. $45 a box in may in hedland. Ended up buying 3 cartons = 18 boxes through a contact in Perth for nearly half that price. Luckily I work for a refrigerated transport company.

Locally caught bait is definitely better and cheaper . Throw nets are the go in hedland

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Cray bait

Thu, 2022-07-28 17:49

 Picking up boxes of fish heads for $1 kg mainly nanny, sambo, dhuey pinky etc but don't provide any problems on size as the axe soon reduces them to fit the baitbox.

The only other bait, 3 packs of squid and 3/4 block of mulies was given to me at the ramp by a bloke who had been out and got stuff all, haven't been out to use them as yet

 

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Stuff that

Thu, 2022-07-28 18:58

Only thing I ever buy is yellow tail ( very rarely) must be squid up your way . Prices are crap . I know for fact it’s not the fish shops loading price up ( they make bugger all on bait) if you had to buy bait all the time be broke .$50 bucks in squid , 1 kilo occy $30 then fuel . No thanks

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fish bait

Thu, 2022-07-28 19:21

 Last 2kg block of mullies i purchased from the local garage was $17.50. Nearly cheaper to buy staek.

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 Chicken seems to be the goer

Fri, 2022-07-29 07:53

 Chicken seems to be the goer now?

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lol

Fri, 2022-07-29 10:52

 

...actually starting at the start bread is good (and cheap) and work your way up the foodchain... (catching bait...)

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 Yep we turn bread into

Fri, 2022-07-29 13:49

 Yep we turn bread into herring and then into crayfish!

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fark that!

Fri, 2022-07-29 08:54

bait catching is half the fun these days! kids love catching squid and whiting, tubes and fillets for dinner, heads for bait!

 

also, whilst we're on it.... $18 for a 24 ounce sinker at the coral bay shops!!! GFY!!

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WTF

Fri, 2022-07-29 19:24

 I've gotta crank up my jig prices. 

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wow

Fri, 2022-07-29 09:04

 Thats dear. Since owning a boat for the last year, have made it point to do a bait run on most trips. Kids have fun. We've been fortunate in Perth with healthy schools of yellowtail metro wide. 1 KG of scalies would cost approx $8, double that if your soaking baits for a period. Adds up with towing costs and petrol. Will continue to catch me own. 

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 Where do you find the

Fri, 2022-07-29 13:48

 Where do you find the yellowtail mate? Keen to try them as livies at the FADs next season.

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 any where really mate, by

Fri, 2022-07-29 14:45

 any where really mate, by the channel markers in the sound youll surely get some, amognst some hezza n skips also. I dont really have a spot for them, normally fish for them while of amchor for the snaps, little burley will bring them along. 

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 Thanks mate. I need to

Fri, 2022-07-29 14:57

 Thanks mate. I need to figure them out and give em a try.

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Lunds Squid

Fri, 2022-07-29 09:29

 Interestingly we took a few 2kg blocks of Lunds Squid up from Perth this year @ $35 per block only to find it at th IGA in Coral Bay for $40.

I thought that was pretty good given the mark up on the rest of the stuff there. 

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Square hooks

Fri, 2022-07-29 09:32

 One must consider  bringing out the 60 metres of square hooks and getting the nurries wet putting it out and getting a few sea mullet to eat and for bait

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mullet, and herring are still

Fri, 2022-07-29 18:01

mullet, and herring are still good bait and im sure many will get a few extra for that now the herring bag limits are going up to 20

we keep every occy from the pots and recycle all fish frames for pots as well

best to buy bait in bulk direct from a pro if you can , mullet in bulk is about $3.50 a kg

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 I keep all my occy but I

Fri, 2022-07-29 19:55

 I keep all my occy but I keep eating it. All fish frames are Cray bait  but if I do buy Cray bait quite often only 50c kilo what ever the fish monger has.

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 Where abouts are these pros

Fri, 2022-07-29 20:14

 Where abouts are these pros fishing out of?

be keen to grab some mullet it's excellent bait 

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contact damien bell out of

Mon, 2022-08-01 19:36

contact damien bell out of mandurah black gen ,, does mullet for bait in 10 kg ctns

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 Any idea on a rough price

Wed, 2022-08-03 20:43

 Any idea on a rough price for 10kg box

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 Some time ago found it was

Fri, 2022-07-29 09:55

 Some time ago found it was cheaper tp buy fresh suid from a monger than bait.

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Bait? What’s that?.

Sat, 2022-07-30 05:29

I've been using artificials for the last 18 months. No fish = no stinky boat!. Im loving it...(: 

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I used to buy coral prawns

Sat, 2022-07-30 07:45

I used to buy coral prawns from one of the seafood exporters, $4 per kg in a 10kg carton. They said they had not been boxing many most shoved back over the side. "wasn't worth the effort because the bait companies wouldn't pay more than $1.50kg." Then the price for bagged coral prawns in the tackle stores was $18.50kg. You could buy banana prawns at the supermarket for less. That was before white spot disease!

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 I'm still mostly a bait

Sun, 2022-07-31 08:20

 I'm still mostly a bait fisho but catch 80%/90% of my own. Herring being a firm favourite and happy the limits are going back up. Also use whatever I can catch on location as well, Skippy, Whiting, Squid,Wrasse etc. I did buy a packet of Squid once a little while back too and thought $35 was steep enough. I do buy Mulies and scalies very occasionally as a back up.

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Same.

Sun, 2022-07-31 09:45

I'm same as you Dan . I catch

most of mine during warmer

months pike and snook along

with the herring get me through

summer and happy with limit

increase means more time on

the beach . Cheers pirate  

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Keeping herring tips?

Sun, 2022-07-31 17:37

For pinkies have mainly used soft plastics and occasionally bought mulies or a fillet of fresh herring. Now thinking of freezing a few herring for future outings and wondering if anyone favours  freezing them whole or filleted. scaled or not, brined or not  etc?

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 i've kept whole and cut in

Mon, 2022-08-01 11:19

 

i've kept whole and cut in large diagonal pieces frozen and re-frozen over a few weeks from being caught and it stood up well without special treatment, 10x better than packet mulies for durability.  same with whiting.

because the pickers cant get them off and dont even bother trying to attack the skin i have literally fished with the same herring/whiting, recovered it and used it again on another trip. if you leave the skin and scales on without filleting can use a diagonal cut tail for instance and it doesnt deteriorate in the water like a fillet would but makes it a smaller bait with some exposed flesh that hopefully gets the senses going.

but i'd also be interested to know from those that do it regularly what salting brings to the table, maybe salting is necessary if fishing strips/fillets to firm up the flesh side and make it more durable?

 

 

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 Fillets freeze ok if looked

Tue, 2022-08-02 08:00

 Fillets freeze ok if looked after like you would with food fish. Salting toughens up the flesh and you can just keep it in the fridge for quite a while. On holidays even in the shade. I will occasionally salt some extra tailor fillets as they don't freeze as well add some fish oil and freeze them in bags like that. Dhu fish etc love the extra oily bait works better than fresh frozen. 

I catch whiting and herring too and freeze whole but have to only keep a few bags at a time. Remembering it comes of your possession limit for fillets if you have any whole fish! Only mullet and pilchards / sardines / whitebait are exempt from possession limits. 

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Good info

Tue, 2022-08-02 08:56

 Thanks for the info on freezing and salting. Like the idea of the gourmet oil garnish! 

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I suck at jigs

Sun, 2022-07-31 20:19

Occy and squid . Only way to go . Definitely a art guys with jigs .

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Squid

Tue, 2022-08-02 07:29

 Managed to get 10 hooter squid on Saturday so fixed my problem for 5 minutes. The Lund's were picked off the hook by the plague squadron snapper by the time you hit the bottom, may as well have thrown the pineapple over the side.

 

Haven't had much luck with jigs in the shallows, think I need to convert to vibes.

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