We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

fishing bait

Level Contributor
554 posts
1 review
Save Topic
fishing bait

For those of you experienced where is the best place to buy/get bait? We know that at Rose Marina they have live shrimp. Can you buy fiddler crabs on the island? Or what is your secret for finding them?

Destination Expert
for Mana Pools National Park, Marco Island
Level Contributor
995 posts
51 reviews
Save Reply
1. Re: fishing bait

I know Rose marina have other types of live bait at times - pin fish, crabs etc.

Destination Expert
for Marco Island
Level Contributor
1,295 posts
59 reviews
Save Reply
2. Re: fishing bait

…hubpages.com/hub/Saltwater-Fishing-Tips-Fre… provides the following:

Fiddler crabs: Fiddlers are great live bait for sheepshead, drum, reds, and pompano. You can buy frozen dead fiddler crabs at bait shops, but they aren't nearly as effective as the live version. I've tried both, and there's really no comparison. Before you can catch fiddler crabs, you have to locate them. Look for piles of debris near the waterline. Stacks of rotting wood or piles of rocks are favorite habitats for the tiny crabs. When you find their home, you'll see them crawling everywhere, but when you try to catch them, they disappear down the multitude of little escape holes. You have to be quick to catch them. There's an easier way, however. Spread a white sheet on the sand where you've seen the crabs. Place a piece of fish or meat in the center of the sheet, then walk away. Bring a pal to help with the next step. Once there are a good number of fiddlers on the sheet, each person needs to lift two corners. The crabs will be trapped with no escape route. Place them in a bucket with a little salt water in the bottom, or purchase a special fiddler crab keeper from a bait shop.

Level Contributor
5 posts
10 reviews
Save Reply
3. Re: fishing bait

Don't kill yourself trying to find fiddlers. I've caught every species of fish known to exist in Marco and a few that weren't, on a 3/8 oz white bucktail jig tipped with a small piece of fresh never frozen shrimp. Cut the live shrimp into 1/4 pieces hook it through the shell and cast and retrieve. Mostly slower small hops on the bottom but vary your retrieve til you hook up. Good luck

Edited: 18 March 2013, 01:26
4. Re: fishing bait

-:- Message from TripAdvisor staff -:-

This topic has been closed to new posts due to inactivity. We hope you'll join the conversation by posting to an open topic or starting a new one.

To review the TripAdvisor Forums Posting Guidelines, please follow this link: http://www.tripadvisor.com/pages/forums_posting_guidelines.html

We remove posts that do not follow our posting guidelines, and we reserve the right to remove any post for any reason.

Removed on: 19 March 2014, 04:15
Follow this conversation!
Get notified when a new reply comes in.
Follow now