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Any on the water bait guys

capehorn24capehorn24 Mayport Posts: 24 Deckhand
In mayport jax fl. I dont know of any on the water bait guys with live bait. Down south this is a common thing, you have the guys number or know where he is gonna be. You can pull up by boat and buy bait off his boat before heading offshore. Dose anyone know of anything like this in mayport jax area 


  • osprey11osprey11 Posts: 1,409 Officer
    Pretty easy to get bait here.  Net on beach or sabiki offshore.  Only time we get bait guys is on tournament days.   They are almost always preordered.
  • capehorn24capehorn24 Mayport Posts: 24 Deckhand
    edited April 2020 #3
    That's cool and all but I leave for offshore like 3 am to 4 am. A hour and a half to 2 hour ride out, no daylight to cast net, or see bait. So that only leaves rod and reel some live baits up takes a lot of fishing time away. I would definitely just pay for some live pin fish or white baits to throw in live well before heading out 
  • SaltyJaxSaltyJax Jacksonville, FLPosts: 19 Deckhand
    Would be awesome if we did but no. 
    Tight lines,
  • windblowswindblows Posts: 272 Deckhand
    I've wondered this too. We had a bait guy in Pensacola and that was awesome. Wonder if it's just because the days to get offshore here are too few and too unpredicatable?
  • capehorn24capehorn24 Mayport Posts: 24 Deckhand
    Most likely that's the problem. I have thought about becoming the bait guy. Lol. I know where to get it, its having time to do it. When you should be fishing already.
  • Morocco_madnessMorocco_madness Posts: 2,974 Captain
    I told my wife a long time ago that I was considering doing that very thing. Maybe let my son run it when I'm too busy doing charters. The problem here is a business of this type is only really viable in the summer months. Its too windy and unreliable here in the Spring, Winter, and Fall. If offshore wasn't such a big run, a business like this would be a sure money maker. If I can find the right Carolina Skiff at a very low price, it could be viable. An additional boat payment for such a short season isn't in the stars for most people unfortunately.

    On the up side, I don't believe Pin Fish and Menhaden are considered regulated species and could be a good way to get your foot through the unregulated portion of the commercial license process. Seeing as you have to sell a certain amount of unregulated fish before you can qualify for a restricted species ticket. Always a silver lining.
  • capehorn24capehorn24 Mayport Posts: 24 Deckhand
    Good points made. If some one could do that they would have my money. Ever weekend the seas are good enough to go. This weekend on Saturday was vary nice out.
  • osprey11osprey11 Posts: 1,409 Officer
    Couple years ago I was in the line to buy bait from Lees Baits.   About 4 undercover police officers pulled out badges and stopped sales till his paperwork was approved.  It was several pages in a folder.  I wouldn't just start selling bait without further investigation.
  • capehorn24capehorn24 Mayport Posts: 24 Deckhand
    Definitely would do it the right way if I was to do it.(legally) I think having a store front and on the water bait boat would be best way to do it. Like if I had a dock on the river  I definitely build a little metal building with live well tanks sell there and from boat. Like even if a existing bait tackle shop where to do this it would work.
  • Sea SnakeSea Snake Posts: 5,536 Admiral
    You wouldn't be able to keep enough pogies to make it work.....unless you had a HUUUGE  boat, and livewell system....then what you'd get for a dozen pogies would be negligible.....especially since they are so easy to catch.... 
  • osprey11osprey11 Posts: 1,409 Officer
    Saw a shrimboat do this decades ago during the GJKT.    Anchored in channel, had a huge tank on deck.   Sold pogies. 
  • Morocco_madnessMorocco_madness Posts: 2,974 Captain
    I wouldn't focus on Menhaden personally. Pin Fish, Mullet, Pig Fish, and Thread Fin. Things that are time consuming and annoying to catch. Also things that your wealthier offshore guys wouldn't think twice about buying up in a hurry to save time.
  • Snatch-UmSnatch-Um Posts: 1,428 Officer
    Blue could keep them alive for days/weeks.  Offshore guys would buy them up in a heartbeat.
  • PangamanPangaman Posts: 911 Officer
    B and M sometimes sells pinfish. But they open after you have left. Not sure if they would live overnight in a livewell with a bubbler.
  • shallowvshallowv Posts: 471 Deckhand
    Bait is half the battle.  I caught a shark, a bluefish and about a bazillion pogies in one toss yesterday.  Getting that GD shark out of the net was fun.  
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