Smelt for YT?

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  1. spearbodj

    spearbodj Eric

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    If I cant find any mackerel are smelt any good for yt? I don't have any experience with them as bait, any thoughts?
     
  2. yakdout

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    Not ideal as they are nowhere near as hardy as a big mackerel, however I’m sure inshore yellowtails diet consists of some smelt for sure.
     
  3. lkatdpelicanfly

    lkatdpelicanfly Lizard Fish Slayer

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    Well if the Yellowtail ain't taking them, you can always put them on a dropper loop and halibut love live smelt. I don't see why not...I've caught bonita fly lining live smelt from the rocks and pier, not to mention some nice halibut, spotted bay bass, short wsb.
     
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    Hismosa I've posted enough I should edit this section

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    Good luck keeping them alive. Definitely can use for droppers as doesn't matter if as lively
     
  5. spearbodj

    spearbodj Eric

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    Thanks for the replies I guess I'll take what I can get
     
  6. Jaysons999

    Jaysons999 I've posted enough I should edit this section

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    Yeah never had luck with them on yellows they’re a lazy bait. Don’t do much and go right back to the school you got them from if your near the kelp at all. Now halibut that’s a whole nother ball game.
     
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    ^^^
    What he said!

    Back in my teens, I used them exclusively for halibut..... great hali bait!!

    The unknown fisherman:p:
     
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    I have caught many yellows on slow trolled smelt at Catalina. I learned this from Avalon locals.

    It's true they are not as hardy as mackerel, so change baits often.
     
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    Caught a yellow off the east end of cat slow trolling a live smelt. That's all we were making that day. I have caught halibut like others have on dropper loops off the yak.
     
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    Got a yellow slow trolling a big jack smelt once. Yellows eat just about everything!
     
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    makairaa I've posted enough I should edit this section

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    I think the slow trolling part of all the stories is the key. Not a very lively bait, so make them swim.
     
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    Smelt is the best bait for the yellows at the island all day any day
     
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    Smelt is by far the best yellowtail bait for the island hands down just flyline and slow troll I'd take it over any other bait
     
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    aguachico I've posted enough I should edit this section

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    Smelt work.
     
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    yes, done it.
     
  16. dds4dd

    dds4dd Newbie

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    Definitely! I have caught YT on flylined jack smelt up at the Channel Islands also.
     
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    ror_sal "I'm too drunk to taste this chicken"

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    I got a yellow to go on a big jack smelt when I was in your same situation. Couldn’t find macks anywhere, caught a couple smelt and
    Slow trolled. If that’s the bait that’s around, that’s what they are probably eating.
     
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