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Is it common to find Ballyhoo

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Along the flats of the Indian river in the Stuart/ Jensen Beach area? I have been netting finger mullet and some Cobs for bait and have netted dozens of Ballyhoo.

 

They are about 10" and I first thought they were needle fish and stayed away from them. But on a couple of casts I had as many as a dozen in the net.

 

How are they for bait in the surf and or using them live while wading the river.

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View PostAlong the flats of the Indian river in the Stuart/ Jensen Beach area? I have been netting finger mullet and some Cobs for bait and have netted dozens of Ballyhoo.

They are about 10" and I first thought they were needle fish and stayed away from them. But on a couple of casts I had as many as a dozen in the net.

 

How are they for bait in the surf and or using them live while wading the

river.

 

 

 

I see them alot at night when the shrimp are running. Usually under lights. I would imagine they would be fantastic bait, especially at about 10" long. I don't use bait so I can't say from personal experience.

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View PostAlong the flats of the Indian river in the Stuart/ Jensen Beach area? I have been netting finger mullet and some Cobs for bait and have netted dozens of Ballyhoo.

They are about 10" and I first thought they were needle fish and stayed away from them. But on a couple of casts I had as many as a dozen in the net.

 

How are they for bait in the surf and or using them live while wading the river.

 

I would use both, Snook love Needlefish and as for the Ballyhoo, everything eats them. The hoos are delicate though so secure them to you hook with sting.smile.gif

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