A father and son living in Rhode Island gave valuable tips for catching live bait at a recent meeting.
Those attending the recent Rhode Island Saltwater Anglers Association meeting received advice for catching live bait from Michael Fotiades and his 13-year-old son George.
George Fotiades has been fishing since he was three, and his father Michael has supported his natural talent and unabated enthusiasm for the sport.
Michael spoke of how they became interested in catching live bait, telling reporters;
As he got older he would catch them with a hook and line or net them, and if that didn’t work he would throw rocks at them. His fascination for fish at the shore got [me] interested in catching our own bait.
At the meeting, the Fotiades team spoke of catching, keeping, and fishing with live bait for the many different species found in the Ocean State. Smaller fish, typically caught with nets are silverisdes, bay anchovies, sand eels, and mumichogs; bait fish include chogee, mullet, shad, and scup.
Keeping the bait alive is key after catching live bait you plan to fish with.
Fotiades told reporters, “The idea is to keep the bait you catch at the same temperature and water oxygen level. This may mean using a bait well with a circulator, or simply changing or adding water to a bait bucket every 15 or 20 minutes.”
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Michael spoke of keeping things legal, telling attendees, “You need to follow the recreational fishing regulations even if you are catching the species for bait.”
He cited a specific example regarding the scup limit, which this year was 30 fish per angler, per day, at a 10-inch minimum. The limits on this fish are for both catching live bait and human consumption.
The finale of the presentation involved George demonstrating the proper execution of preparing and throwing a cast net. He argues you should start with a small net and practice until you’re comfortable before moving up to a larger size. According to reports, George searched YouTube videos for helpful advice on this practice.
The next Saltwater Sportsman’s national fishing seminar series event will be held on Jan. 10 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Casey Theatre at Regis College, in Weston, Mass. A $55 seminar fee includes a course text book, a day of fishing instruction from local guides, a year’s subscription or extension to Salt Water Sportsman magazine, door prizes, and more.