Berkley gulp softbait

A dollar each way. There is a definite split between boat fishing tribes. The bait tribe, and the lures tribe. Most times of year you can use each exclusively and catch fish. Only in deepest, darkest winter is bait the winner, perhaps because the bait scent gets the fish feeding more than the heavy post / pre spawning feeding pattern. During winter even hardcore softbaiters and micro jiggers need to go to the dark side sometimes: bait! Committing to a bait session at anchor takes time. Find a likely spot, back in to some structure or rise and advertise your presence with a berley trail, fish down the trail and you’re on. With lures you can have lightning raids on lumps and bumps, race between workups and diving birds and blooping bait schools. Lures can match the hatch with bigger or smaller baits, move them faster or slower. Slow jigs, inchikus, butterfly, or micro jigs and soft-bait, there are a thousand options. Generally with lures you need to be hard on the bottom (for snapper) if drifting over the sand, following fish sign on the sounder. During workups you'll catch fish on the drop and mid water, depending where the bait schools are — you’d swear the fish are looking up to spot the falling goodies. With bait, unless you are stray-lining (no sinker), you're usually fishing hard on the bottom. If you’re drifting with a moving workup you'll pick up the bigger fish that are hoovering up the debris of the bait school as the workup moves on. An evening stray-line session is hard to beat for hit-and-run excitement — just when you reach for a drink or snack, your reel goes off, if tide and the bite are right, it's good fun. So, bait or metal,