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Catching wild shiners

I just moved to Ocala from Michigan and I would like to use wild shiners for bass fishing. Where do I start to look to find and catch a good number of shiners in the Ocala area? 


  • RevJoeyFitzRevJoeyFitz Posts: 212 Deckhand
    My fav place is the bait shop 😆 

    call ahead and check. If not, blue gills work great too
  • capt louiecapt louie Posts: 10,935 Moderator
    If you find them , ones caught on a hook work best if using that day.  PM sent
    "You'll get your weather"
  • surfmansurfman Posts: 6,017 Admiral
    I don't think it is legal to use blue gills but, if you feel it is worth the risk go for it, I usually just find a deeper area and just start chumming with bread. You will get bream coming in too but if the shiners are there they will show up too and I catch them on small hooks and dough balls. You can cast net them but you can only keep shiners if netted, anything else is not allowed, except tilapia.
    Tight Lines, Steve
    My posts are my opinion only.

    Be thankful we're not getting all the government we're paying for.  Will Rogers
  • capt louiecapt louie Posts: 10,935 Moderator
    Bluegill are allowed as bait only if hook and line caught not netted.
    "You'll get your weather"
  • tankeredtankered Posts: 1,733 Captain
    ^^^Typical ridiculous, almost 100% unenforceable rule. Much like circle hooks but even dumber.

    Who comes up with this crap??
  • MissedMissed Posts: 736 Officer
    I used to do the bread thing.  Couple pieces of bread - tear into small pieces and toss in - watch em and see if the minnows start tearing em up.  Then use a bread ball on a small hook.  I used to use a 12 or 14 fly hook.  Most of the minnows were in the 4-6 inch bracket.  A seine would have caught too many and a cast net woulda made it easier.

    If netting, make sure the water is shallow enough.

    These days I'd just buy em at $1 per and save my time for fishing.
  • Turner River TerrorTurner River Terror Posts: 12,212 AG
    Fun Fact....
    When you have the Shiners chummed up and throw the castnet..Hook a fresh one on your rod and toss it where you just caught the Shiners.
    I use to dive and watch what was going on and it never failed when the Shiners got thick and that Castnet hit the water every Bass in the area would head over to see what was going on.
    Caught some real nice Bass just throwing one back out.
    Killin and Grillin :grin
  • Sixth GenerationSixth Generation Posts: 910 Officer
    TRT you are once again correct.  The biggest bass I the lake know where the school of shiners are and get fired up when they go to feeding.  Watched many get eaten under the docks in Orlando when I was a kid.  Mask and snorkel as well.  
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