Fishing with Menhaden as Bait

Fishing with Live Bait & Natural Baits

Menhaden are common among anglers fishing the Atlantic coast and in the Gulf of Mexico.  Bait and tackle shops sell fresh and frozen menhaden.  Live menhaden are great baits for striped bass and bluefish.  Dead menhaden works for many species such as striped bass, bluefish, redfish and sea trout.

How to Catch Menhaden

Anglers use cast nets to catch menhaden.

Using Menhaden as Bait

Menhaden works great fished many different ways.  When fished alive, weightless rigs are great for fishing shallow or higher up in the water column.  Use your favorite bottom rig when fishing deeper.  As dead bait, menhaden works great as cut bait on bottom rigs.

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