Category Archives: Baits and Berley

Hints, tips and ideas on different baits for fishing. How and where to catch your own bait. How to make and use berley to catch more fish.

Sea Fishing Baits – How to Find & Use Them by Alan Young

Sea Fishing Baits - How to Find & Use Them by Alan Young

Sea Fishing Baits How to Find & Use Them by Alan Young 96 pp, line-art drawings, 17 cm x 9 cm. Published by Herbert Jenkins in 1957. Sea Fishing Baits – How to Find & Use Them. Every angler knows the standard baits, such as lugworms, peeler crabs, ragworm and mussels, etc. and most anglers know some equally good alternatives. But More...

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The four steps of manufacturing a berley cage and a berley cage sinker.
By Allan Burgess On Tuesday, December 3rd, 2019
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Berley Cages – How to Make Berley Sinkers and Berley Mixtures

Berley Cages – How to Make Berley Sinkers and Berley Mixtures By Stephen Coote The four steps of manufacturing berley cages and berley cage sinkers. Berley attracts fish. The fisher who uses it will generally More...

Youngsters learning how to catch fish wharf and jetty fishing is an important part of growing up in New Zealand. This is where most of us start out as anglers like these two boys on a brilliant sunny day at Oamaru.
By Allan Burgess On Thursday, February 14th, 2019
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Catching Small Fish from Wharves and Jetties – Tip, try smaller hooks

How to fish from wharves and Jetties Youngsters learning how to catch fish wharf and jetty fishing is an important part of growing up in New Zealand. This is where most of us start out as anglers like these two More...

How to Catch Yabbies, or Ghost Shrimp, with a Bait Pump Video featured image
By Allan Burgess On Friday, October 19th, 2018
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How to Catch Yabbies, or Ghost Shrimp, with a Bait Pump – Exclusive Fishingmag Only Video

Yabbies are Top Mullet Bait – Video  Video Title: How to Catch Yabbies with a Bait Pump. Video Description: Live yabbies make great bait for mullet, flounder, kahawai and other species. To catch More...

Yellow-eyed mullet shoal by size. Smaller fish like this one just 60mm in length can be found in huge shoals over the summer around river mouths and along the coast.
By Allan Burgess On Thursday, October 18th, 2018
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Yellow-eyed Mullet – Aldrichetta forsteri – found in harbours, estuaries, tidal rivers

A smallish yellow-eyed mullet caught in the Waimakariri River. They seem to school by size. Sometimes you can catch quite a few big ones at the same time. They will readily take small flies as well as baited hooks. Yellow-eyed More...

Elephant fish baits feat
By Allan Burgess On Friday, May 25th, 2018
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Surfcasting Baits – Using different baits to target different species

Home » Baits and Berley Elephant fish taken at Birdlings flat by Ian Robertson on crab or crayfish bait. This is the best bait for rig and elephant fish and makes a big difference when it comes to catching these More...

Berley Basics - how to use berley to catch more fish. Featured image.
By Allan Burgess On Tuesday, March 21st, 2017
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Berley, or Chum – Using Berley to Catch More Fish – Video

Home » Baits and Berley How to use berley to increase your catch rate Video Title: Berley Basics with Allan Burgess. Description: You will catch more sea fish if you attract them to your fishing spot with berley, More...

Mussels - featured image.
By Allan Burgess On Saturday, January 9th, 2016
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Mussels Make the Best Bait – Easy to find at low tide

Mussels Make the Best Bait by Barrie Clark Mussels can be found quite easily at low tide. They make excellent bait for many different fish. Moki, in particular, will readily take mussel baits. Smaller sections of More...

The casting net about half way to fully open.
By Allan Burgess On Monday, December 1st, 2014
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Casting Nets are a great way of quickly catching baitfish

It is important to make sure there are no tangles in the net before you fold it for casting. Casting Nets Once you have seen a casting net being used to land mullet, or garfish to be used as bait, you will probably More...

swimming crab
By Allan Burgess On Monday, December 1st, 2014
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Swimming Crab – Ovalipes catharus – paddle crabs are top bait for rig and moki

This swimming crab was accidentally hooked while surfcasting at Birdlings Flat, Canterbury, New Zealand. Swimming crab – Ovalipes catharus – often called Paddle Crab, also Papaka Often called paddle More...