Ace of Baits Baiting Tips
When using Bait Jars and/or Containers
The baits performance highly depends on adequate venting of your bait jar. Thin slits and/or multiple holes in a close pattern will allow the bait, as it dissipates, to release with the current. If there is not enough venting, you will hinder the baits performance by trapping it.
A good example of an adequately vented bait jar is the round ½ L jar made by Scotty Plastics (http://www.scotty.com). Currently though, the vented design only comes in the 1/2L and not the 1 L. So, if using a solid jar, make sure to drill multiple holes in a pattern of your choice.
Bait jars can be easily placed and secured using “zap ties” which can be found at most hardware and household supply stores. When choosing the right place for your bait jar, make sure that you appropriately center it to the traps inlets.
If using a meshed conical style 3 tunnel prawn trap and would like to perfectly center your bait jar, follow these steps: 1) drill 3 holes in the bottom of the bait jars flange, thus forming a triangle pattern. The diameter should be enough to accommodate you feeding the tunnel connectors through. 2) Feed the tunnel connector bungees through each of their respective holes. 3) Place bungee hooks on the adjacent tunnel inlet ring. 4) Adjust bait jar as needed to center.
If using a meshed conical style 4 tunnel prawn trap and would like to perfectly center your bait jar, follow these steps: 1) drill 2 sets of holes (4 holes total) in the bottom of the bait jars flange, thus forming a star pattern. The diameter should be enough to accommodate you feeding the tunnel connectors through. 2) Feed the tunnel connector bungees through each of their respective holes. 3) Place bungee hooks on the adjacent tunnel inlet ring. 4) Adjust bait jar as needed to center.
When using Bait Bags:
Bait bags come in various sizes, mesh, and strengths. Choosing a fine mesh bait bag will serve two purposes . . . 1) keeps bait fishing longer by allowing a longer breakdown thus preventing the bait prematurely working itself through the mesh and dissipating too fast. 2) Prevent the possible accessibility for sand fleas / sea lice.
*Important to note that just having sand fleas/sea lice accumulating on your bait will prevent the much needed scent to escape thus hindering, even stopping, the baits performance.
Your bait bag should not have excessive empty space visible when secured. Fill your bait bag with the desired amount of bait, and cinch or pull drawstring tight so mesh forms around the bait without excessive play. If there is too play, the mesh of the bag will have a “cheese grater” affect as the current tosses it around, therefore effecting compromising the baits longevity properties.
*You do not have to worry about putting too much bait or overfilling as is when using a bait jar. This is because as the bait expands it can freely push or dissipate. One of the main advantages of this is that it will fish more quickly, but the disadvantage is that it will dissipate quicker than a bait jar since it does not have the solid wall structures to push up against.
Considering Temperature, Current Strength, and Depth:
Whether using Ace of Baits bait pellets or bait cakes, the baits longevity will vary depending on colder or warmer temperatures.
Colder water and deeper depths tend to slow the baits breakdown process, or in other words extend the baits longevity. The effectiveness and performance are not affected.
Warm water temps tend to increase or speed up the breakdown process, causing the viscosity of the baits oils to thin, along with the baits density / hardness to become more malleable. While the effectiveness and performance remain top notch, these conditions tend to shorten the baits overall longevity.
Whether deep or shallow, the strength or speed of the current passing over the bait will affect the length of fishing time. A strong shallow current, which normally has warmer water temps along with it, will break the bait down faster than would low current in deeper colder waters.