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Cutting Strip Baits for Saltwater Fishing
Cutting Strip Baits
There may be no more lethal saltwater fishing bait than a strip bait. These fleshy strips are as simple as it gets. They are tough, durable, certainly not fancy and natural. The scent and texture are purely organic, something predators are used to. Dolphin, mackerel, skipjack and bonito are all great options for strip baits. Perhaps the best is bonito.
The first thing you need to know is how to catch bonito. These ravenous fish are readily available just of the edge of the reefs. In south Florida, the 100-200 foot depth is bonito territory. They will hit jigs, spoons, cut bait, poppers or just about anything flashing through the water or splashing on the surface. They also make fun fishing action to get your day started.
You can troll them on the surface raw or skirted. You can put them down in the water column behind a planer or put them on the bottom. Strip baits are amazing baits for catching dolphin, mackerel, tuna, wahoo and billfish.
So, getting down to the business of how to cut strip baits, this In The Spread fishing video will show you the tools and ingredients required to cut and store your strips. You will learn what part of the bonito makes the best strips and how to cut away the excess meat to before starting with carving out nice strips. We will show you how to shape your strips and bevel the edges for optimal performance in the water. You will see which direction the grain of the meat should go in when shaping the strip, so it will not ball up once you start pulling it through the water. Learn about salting your strips and how to store them. Due to their size, you can store tons of these in your cooler or freezer for later use.
When it comes to rigging strip baits, there are a myriad of ways to go about it, based on what your are fishing for. You can rig them with skirts, sea witches or lures. If you would like to know more about how to rig strip baits, check out our Rigging Strip Baits video [here]9https://inthespread.com/saltwater/rigging-strip-baits--000021)
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