- 01/11/2011 at 6:15 am #7078
Wanting to try get kahawai whilst surfcasting without spinning01/11/2011 at 6:31 am #19059MiliwolfParticipant
Almost any bait would work, but I would avoid crab and other crustaceans. Smaller hook sizes around 4/0 would also catch more then larger hooks.
Floating baits, and adding a bit of sparkle can also improve catch rates.01/11/2011 at 6:32 am #19060
They love pilchard and bonito..01/11/2011 at 6:45 am #19061Fishy BishyParticipant
Pillies 100% !!01/11/2011 at 7:10 am #19062
The biggest Kahawai I’ve ever caught was on half a paddle crab. But usually anything works. Squid, pillies, bonito, trevally pipis etc etc01/11/2011 at 8:28 am #19063MiliwolfParticipant
The big ones are quite happy to take a small live bait
They are a pest when fishing for kingies, so I normally send a big one out with a hook in it .01/11/2011 at 8:46 am #19064baitmanParticipant
pilchard are no 1 for me.01/11/2011 at 10:49 am #19065BirdlingsflatParticipant
small live bait no1 for me..or a bleeding half a yellow eyed mullet01/11/2011 at 5:25 pm #19066
Caught kahawai on kahawai!
In fact caught them on pretty much everything.02/11/2011 at 3:23 am #19068
ah didnt know they went for squid etc
thanks for the info guys02/11/2011 at 4:58 am #19069HIPPParticipant
I caught two on the wesdt coast with prawn randomly in the moonlight whilest targeting Rig. Ive also caught them on trevelly and squid bait. Cheers, Hipp02/11/2011 at 6:26 am #19074fishforpotParticipant
Squid is only good for use in resturants …..its probably the single biggest cause of newbies to surfcasting giving up the sport …..moreso the handy frozen bait packs ….
Admittedly it’s a handy bait to have on hand , if its fresh ….stays on the hook longer , but lets face it , it aint the best bait …
If you want to catch a fish , find out what it’s there to feed on …..or find something that acts like a drug for the fish , like pillies in the case of KY ….02/11/2011 at 8:02 am #19075
Squid isn’t too bad in general.. certainly can catch a wide variety of species with it but dogfish tend to find it pretty quickly if they are around. Kahawai aren’t too fussy, perhaps those hookers that some guys here have been catching in the avon could be a good bait too, should be a winner for catching crabs too (no pun intended).
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