Half and Full Day Fishing Cairns Charters

Live Bait vs Lures

Lure fishing or live bait? I have been asked over the last 15 years many times this same question.

Which is more productive?

Which will produce a bigger fish?

Which method will guarantee more fish to the boat, live bait or lures?

Naturally it is almost impossible to accurately predict what will happen on any given day, however, if you are willing to put in a little extra time filling your live tank with the perfect variety of live baits, you should be in business!

And the perfect assortment is plenty of herring or sardines, a few live prawns and a handful of medium sized Mullet.

When lure casting in Cairns Inlet, the species you are most likely to hook is a Barramundi or perhaps a Mangrove Jack, you may get a strike cheap synthroid from a GT or a Queenie or a stray Tarpon perhaps, but those handful of species is really about it.

WHICH SPECIES WILL I CATCH WITH LIVE BAIT?

With live bait you have an opportunity to hook all those fish previously mentioned, as well as Fingermark, big Grunter, King and Blue Threadfin Salmon, Jewfish, Barracuda, Estuary Cod and the list goes on!

Some die hard lure casters are happy to get just one fish for a 6 hour session! If you want to see your rod bend on a regular basis, I suggest you fill up the live tank and get ready to do battle.

We don’t use lures or soft plastics, we always start our fishing trip using a cast net catching live bait.

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