Lizardfish for bait?

Discussion in 'Lobster Fishing' started by sonnybihis, Feb 18, 2011.

  1. sonnybihis

    sonnybihis Well-Known Member

    Nov 20, 2008
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    I went to Shelter Island pier today with some friends and caught a ton of lizardfish (but no mackeral). It got me wondering if anyone ever uses these things for lobster bait (in hoop nets). I would think that if you cut them up they'd be just as smelly and edible as any other cut bait. Or am I wrong?
  2. shepherdjl

    shepherdjl Active Member

    Aug 18, 2011
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    Lizardfish are a slimy lean meat and probably don't leave a good scent trail like oily mackerel. I've tried using cut lizardfish as bait but got zero bites (not even a ray). They do work great as halibut bait when they are still alive. They have a very strong nose and stay on the hook well. Just hook the bait from the bottom of the mouth through the top of its nose/beak.
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