skippy for bait

Hi guys.

have noticed a number of people seem to target skippy for bait. Just wondering how they go? can see how they would be good as firm flesh and moderately oily. what species do you generally target with them, and what sort of rigs? and do you generally use them as whole baits, or strips on gangs?

if mainly using them for sharks etc i wont bother as dont do too much beach fishing, but if good for other things i reckon i can keep up a decent supply!

seem to be all i can catch lately, and sick of buying bait. so far havent tried them as bait as have only kept what i will eat fresh, but keen to give them a shot, so next time will keep a couple and freeze.



sunshine's picture

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Brilliant bait for gummies

Wed, 2019-09-11 15:19

Cut into cutlets ......learnt that in Westernport and tried it in the Sound with great results.....have tried fillets out wide but have been less than successful, use Western King Wrasse fillets out wide with stunning results  

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Thu, 2019-09-12 06:42

 Wrasse go better for dhues and big pinkies  as live bait

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 Everything likes Skippy

Wed, 2019-09-11 15:32

 Everything likes Skippy (even skippy!)

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Bait ....

Wed, 2019-09-11 19:48

bait you don’t have too buy is money

saved .. I always try too fish too fish

again ,,  cheers pirate. 

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Must admit

Thu, 2019-09-12 16:51

Skippy look good but for some reason there crap for dhues ect. Samblowies and yellow tail kings love them

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Exactly my experience

Thu, 2019-09-12 18:30

Just wish I could find a spot with lots of little western king wrasse.....might hunt during the dimersal closure 

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 Used them for snapper off

Thu, 2019-09-12 17:22

 Used them for snapper off Palm Beach jetty back in the 70's, good results.


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 One of the best KG baits you

Thu, 2019-09-12 18:22

 One of the best KG baits you can get, apart from squid tentacles.

Fillet the skippy, cut out the middle strip of the fillet with bones in it. Use the strip for whiting bait wortks a treat. 

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Thu, 2019-09-12 20:56

 fresh caught skippy are good for dhueys

caught about 5 inthe last 2 months on them

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awesome! thanks heaps

Fri, 2019-09-13 15:31

awesome! thanks heaps guys...will keep a coup0le more next time to fil my supplies! keen to give the king wrasse a shot too! lol not like my success rate can get any worse!!

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We found years ago Skippy was

Fri, 2019-09-13 21:44

We found years ago Skippy was very good bait for Jewies. We'd allways look what the 20kg+ jewies had been feeding on and allways found skippy in the gullet. We then made a point of fishing for big skippy of a wreck SW of rotto and would save about 20kg of skippy fillets for bait every few months.