Home Big Bend General Fishing & The Outdoors

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? 

Replies

  • RevJoeyFitzRevJoeyFitz North FLPosts: 162 Deckhand
    My fav place is the bait shop 😆 

    call ahead and check. If not, blue gills work great too
  • capt louiecapt louie citrus countyPosts: 10,636 Moderator
    If you find them , ones caught on a hook work best if using that day.  PM sent
    "You'll get your weather"
  • surfmansurfman WC FLPosts: 6,008 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 citrus countyPosts: 10,636 Moderator
    Bluegill are allowed as bait only if hook and line caught not netted.
    "You'll get your weather"
  • tankeredtankered Gainesvill, FlPosts: 1,177 Officer
    ^^^Typical ridiculous, almost 100% unenforceable rule. Much like circle hooks but even dumber.

    Who comes up with this crap??
  • MissedMissed O-townPosts: 557 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: 9,675 Admiral
    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.  
Sign In or Register to comment.
Magazine Cover

GET THE MAGAZINE Subscribe & Save

Digital Now Included!

SUBSCRIBE NOW

Give a Gift   |   Subscriber Services

Preview This Month's Issue

Buy Digital Single Issues

Don't miss an issue.
Buy single digital issue for your phone or tablet.

Buy Single Digital Issue on the Florida Sportsman App

Other Magazines

See All Other Magazines

Special Interest Magazines

See All Special Interest Magazines

GET THE NEWSLETTER Join the List and Never Miss a Thing.

Get the top Florida Sportsman stories delivered right to your inbox.

Advertisement

Phone Icon

Get Digital Access.

All Florida Sportsman subscribers now have digital access to their magazine content. This means you have the option to read your magazine on most popular phones and tablets.

To get started, click the link below to visit mymagnow.com and learn how to access your digital magazine.

Get Digital Access

Not a Subscriber?
Subscribe Now