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Thursday, 20 September 2018 04:17

Kayak Fishing With Cut Bait

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One of the fiercest debates is between anglers who swear by artificial lures and those who say that nothing beats the real deal when it comes to bait. There can be no doubt that artificial lures are more realistic looking than ever and fooling a fish with one can be a real thrill, but this doesn't mean that fresh bait is now obsolete.

Sponsored Post:   All kayak anglers enjoy catching fish from their kayaks, but not everyone uses the same kayaks, brands, gear or methods to do so. This is one of the things that make the hobby so interesting, but can also cause endless debates over what is "better." One of the fiercest debates is between anglers who swear by artificial lures and those who say that nothing beats the real deal when it comes to bait. There can be no doubt that artificial lures are more realistic looking than ever and fooling a fish with one can be a real thrill, but this doesn't mean that fresh bait is now obsolete. You really can't go wrong with either method, but one thing is for sure, using fresh bait comes with its own set of unique challenges to overcome.

Processing Your Own Bait

One of the pleasures of using fresh bait is that you have the opportunity to prepare your own bait. This is not an easy task, but can be very rewarding if done correctly and you have fish throwing themselves at your hook. In order to process your own bait, you are going to need the proper gear and, as with all things kayak related, the more compact you can keep things the better.

Anglers are pretty good at improvising, which is why many opt to use a standard pair of scissors to clean fish, which works, but it is hardly an ideal solution. Gerber saw this as an opportunity to innovate and the result is The Processor, a tool that is sure to become one of your favorites if you are a fan of using real bait.

It would be easy to mistake the Processor from Gerber as simply fish shears, but this unique tool is actually so much more. Gerber aimed at creating a tool that is versatile enough to fulfill a multitude of useful functions, but still being a cohesive package that doesn't take up too much valuable space. This means that while the Processor has the standard functions you would expect from scissors, it has also been optimized in order to include a very useful fin clipper feature. Next, they incorporated a gut hook feature in the Processor, so you can easily open up your catch when it is time for de-gutting and further cleaning. In addition, the Gerber Processor has a sturdy ground-in scaler, which makes scale removal a breeze. One of the most unique features of the Processor is the fact that it has an exposed fine edge blade, so you don't need to reach for any other tools when it comes to prepping your bait.

Using the Gerber Processor doesn't mean you have to endure hand fatigue either as it has been designed with a focus on comfort. Creating something that not only functions as cutting shears, but can also handle knife work was not an easy task, but Gerber succeeded by paying close attention to the handle. They opted for a design with an over-sized shape, which is both comfortable and sturdy. Gerber also made sure to include a HydroTread Grip in raised sections of the Processor to provide better traction and easier cleaning.

When using cut bait, most anglers first remove the scales and then cut the fins before using the rest of the fish as bait. The bait can also be sliced into chunks, with the head being one of the best parts, depending on what you are trying to catch. Other anglers prefer to fillet the fish for bait, but doing so can make it harder to keep the bait on the hook.

Fresh Versus Frozen

It's not always practical to have fresh fish to use as bait, so it is also possible to use frozen bait. While this will work, nothing beats fresh bait that you process yourself on the day that you go fishing. Doing so ensures that all the oils and scents are not diluted, as is the case with frozen bait that thaws. Fresh bait also won't go all mushy like thawing frozen bait, which makes it easier to work with.

Considerations

State restrictions is something that all anglers who make use of cut bait should familiarize themselves with. Just because you are allowed to catch certain fish and eat them yourself doesn't necessarily mean you may use them as cut bait either. To avoid any trouble, it is better to check the regulations for the state where you plan on fishing with cut bait before your trip. Restrictions are in place to prevent the spread of viral hemorrhagic septicemia and other fish pathogens.

Conclusion

Both artificial lures and cut baits have their own pros and cons, so if you want to be a well rounded angler, it will be an advantage to familiarize yourself with both. Many anglers turn up their noses (literally) at cut bait because it can be messy to work with, but give it a shot and you may end up being surprised at just how effective it can be. Using the right tools for the job, such as the Gerber Processor, certainly makes the preparation part of using cut bait a lot easier. Let us know on the forum or in the comments below what type of bait you prefer and why.

Last modified on Thursday, 20 September 2018 08:05
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