Golden shiners, or shiners, are one of the best baits for catching bigger fish. They work well for bass, northern pike, walleye, catfish and even muskie. The golden shiner’s back is a green to olive shade, and the belly a silvery white. There may be a faint dark stripe along the sides. These shiners can grow up to a foot long, although most bait shops will carry shiners that are 5 to 6 inches long. Most, if not all bass fishing guides in Florida will use shiners for bait.
They catch lots of largemouth bass and many bass over 10 pounds are caught on shiners in Florida. You can purchase shiners up to a foot long in Florida bait shops and they can get very expensive. Depending on the size, you may end up spending $40 or $50 on a single day on the water fishing with shiners.