If you are an avid surf fisherman and need a great way to catch bait in the surf, you have likely heard about fishbites. These are synthetically scented baits that work well in the surf and are made to look like live bait. The scent is released when the bait breaks apart in water and is similar to the chemicals that fish use to detect their prey. This scent is highly effective and has been proven to attract fish, so much so that it has out-performed natural bait in terms of catches and hooking ratios.
Fishbites can be used on their own or as a trailer for your favorite jig, spoon or soft plastic lure. They are easy to handle and can be cut into any shape or size that you need. They also make a good alternative for new anglers, especially those that are skittish about handling live or natural bait.
The best part about Fishbites is that they are ready to go right out of the package. This means that you can get out on the water sooner and spend more time fishing. They are tough and durable, so they can withstand multiple strikes and bait stealers. They can even be used in rough surf conditions that would be impossible to work with live or artificial baits.
The Fishbites are very versatile and can be used to target a variety of species. The most popular are the shrimp and clam strips. These work well for whiting and pompano. They can be fished on their own or paired with a clam or crab knuckle. Just be sure to match the size of the natural bait you are using with a similar sized Fishbites.