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February 21, 2014

Xtreme Jerk Bait Tested

After a brutal winter for Florida, ( 3 days of freezing temps) the sun opened up and said hello.  It had been a while since we got out of the office and wet a hook so out we went.  We decided to hunt Redfish with Tommy Derringer of Inshore Adventures, here in St. Augustine, FL.    The water was glass with a temp of about 55.  Poling up on the schools was easy, we found our friends pretty quickly.  Most were pretty skittish at first, but we persisted to tease.  We decided to fish exclusively with the Fishbites Xtreme Scent Release 5″ Jerk Bait in ghost color.  We rigged using a weedless setup to avoid the grass near the grass lines where we were casting.  The water was fairly tannin rich so we relied on the Fishbites product to do it’s work – Scent Release.  We would cast our bait ahead of the schools, 4-6 feet, and wait for the pigs to smell the bait.  The rest was just fun.  We hooked and landed several large reds, all within the slot size.  We kept a couple for dinner as well. Remember, if the fish’s sight is limited, the Xtreme Scent Release line of baits will give you the edge over other baits.  Ask your local bait shop for Fishbites Xtreme Scent Release by name.  If you can’t find them locally, let us delver you a few from our online store. Until next time, good fishing! Thanks for your interest in Fishbites! Let us know how we can help you with your fishing. Always if you have a story and or pics to share, send them to us! To send your picture and story to us by email photocontest@fishbites.com. You can also submit your pictures to our Facebook page www.facebook.com/Fishbites Should you decide to submit on Facebook, send us an email letting us know you did so that we’ll know to go find it. Please do not direct us to your personal page. We will only accept Facebook submissions made to the above hyperlink. To find a store that sells Fishbites Baits near you click here: . For all questions regarding an internet order you made from us at fishbites.com or by phone please email orderdept@fishbites.com or call us @ 1-877-840-BAIT(2248).
March 4, 2014

Fish n Strips Clam lands $200 Trout

Fishbites is happy to award a $200 cash prize to Sherry and her boys for this trout photo caught using Fishbites Fish n Strips Clam! This picture shows our boys fishing on the flats at St. Marks bringing in a huge speckled trout and the other one – holy mackerel! They were using Fish n Strips Clam – we won’t go fishing without plenty of these in our tackle box again.     Here are some other February submissions: [Show slideshow] Thanks for your interest in Fishbites! Let us know how we can help you with your fishing. Always if you have a story and or pics to share, send them to us! To send your picture and story to us by email photocontest@fishbites.com. You can also submit your pictures to our Facebook page www.facebook.com/Fishbites Should you decide to submit on Facebook, send us an email letting us know you did so that we’ll know to go find it. Please do not direct us to your personal page. We will only accept Facebook submissions made to the above hyperlink. To find a store that sells Fishbites Baits near you click here: . For all questions regarding an internet order you made from us at fishbites.com or by phone please email orderdept@fishbites.com or call us @ 1-877-840-BAIT(2248).
March 6, 2014

Murky Cloudy Water – No Prob

One of our regular Fishbites users, Roman Duran fishes in Corpus Christi, Texas.  He wrote a note to use saying how he loves to use Fishbites because you don’t have to get your hands smelly or dirty with actual bait!  Just cut a piece, bait your hook, cast out, set the hook and listen for the drag to scream. The main reason that Fishbites is working down south Texas for Roman and many others is that down in the Corpus Christi the water is real murky and cloudy.  The Scent of the Xtreme Fishbites baits lures the fish in.  A great advantage when sight is limited.  Roman says he stands behind Fishbites 100% and won’t use any other bait other than Fishbites.  Here is some proof! [Show slideshow]   Thanks for your interest in Fishbites! Let us know how we can help you with your fishing. Always if you have a story and or pics to share, send them to us! To send your picture and story to us by email photocontest@fishbites.com. You can also submit your pictures to our Facebook page www.facebook.com/Fishbites Should you decide to submit on Facebook, send us an email letting us know you did so that we’ll know to go find it. Please do not direct us to your personal page. We will only accept Facebook submissions made to the above hyperlink. To find a store that sells Fishbites Baits near you click here: . For all questions regarding an internet order you made from us at fishbites.com or by phone please email orderdept@fishbites.com or call us @ 1-877-840-BAIT(2248).
March 14, 2014

The Softer Side of Lure Fishing…

by Captian Tommy Derringer, Inshore Adventures… If you’ve never tried or even if you’ve just lost faith in tossing around soft plastics for inshore game fish… you are seriously missing out! New technologies have made fishing with soft plastics easier and more effective than ever, especially in the way of scent technology. Scented lures can be fished just like your standard soft plastics but offer quite a few advantages as well. Here are a few tips and techniques that will help you get the best out of your “softer side”. Many a fish has fallen to the good ol’ soft plastic rigged on a jighead. This is a great way to cover a lot of ground as you can cast a heavier jighead a long way and bounce it through deeper creek holes fairly quickly. One effective way to use a scented soft plastic on a jighead is to fish it just like live bait by letting the lure sit in the bottom of those creek holes.  Fish will grab the lure while it’s just sitting there or being carried by the current. It beats fishing with a live bait in that situation because many times your shrimp or minnow will get chewed off by smaller fish before the bigger ones have a chance to find it. The plastic will stay put and can be reused for more than one fish. Also when trying to make those extra long casts you don’t have to worry about flinging your shrimp or minnow off the hook. One of my favorite and most versatile ways of rigging a soft plastic is on a weedless hook. When you’re fishing spartina grass, turtle grass, oysters, or any kind of structure, a weedless rig comes in very handy. Using a scented soft plastic rigged weedless will greatly improve your ability to thoroughly cover those areas and catch more fish. Whether it’s a pot hole in the grass or an edge of an oyster bar you can literally stop the lure and let it sit in those hard to reach, but very fishy, areas and let the fish pick up the scent of the lure. Letting it sit in those areas for a few moments can sometimes mean the difference between getting that big bite or just moving on without knowing the fish was ever there. Another rig that has gained quite a bit of popularity over the last few years is the drop shot rig. Look at any redfish tournament professional’s rods and more than likely they’ll have at least one drop shot rig ready to go. The rig is pretty simple and consists of a weight rigged on the end of the line with your lure/hook tied in anywhere from a few inches to a few feet above it. You can toss a drop shot rig a country mile and it also allows your lure to be fished in thick grass or structure by suspending your lure above the bottom. Just toss it out and then let the current move the lure until it gets slammed. This is an awesome way to fish a scented soft plastic and has won me some serious cash in some big redfish tournaments. Scented plastics are here to stay and make a valuable asset to anyone’s tackle box… Don’t be afraid to get in touch with your “softer side”! Thanks for your interest in Fishbites! Let us know how we can help you with your fishing. Always if you have a story and or pics to share, send them to us! To send your picture and story to us by email photocontest@fishbites.com. You can also submit your pictures to our Facebook page www.facebook.com/Fishbites Should you decide to submit on Facebook, send us an email letting us know you did so that we’ll know to go find it. Please do not direct us to your personal page. We will only accept Facebook submissions made to the above hyperlink. To find a store that sells Fishbites Baits near you click here: . For all questions regarding an internet order you made from us at fishbites.com or by phone please email orderdept@fishbites.com or call us @ 1-877-840-BAIT(2248).
March 31, 2014

Let’ Go Pink

I have fished Baffin Bay in Kenedy County Tx all my life and I have never caught as many fish as I have this year using fishbites. I caught this drum and many more on the EZ-Crab flavor pink color, as you can see. I ordered every color of jerk bait you have to offer and went wade fishing the following day. I tried the Electric Candy pink colored jerk bait first and to my surprise hooked a 27″ speckled trout on my first cast. Wish I had picture of my stringer at the end of the day with my limit of trout, no one was with me to take a photo, but I have no doubt in my mind I will be sending you one in the near future. I can’t wait to get back out in the water and try the rest of the colors. I am sold on your product. Thank You Fishbites!! Manuel Garcia Thanks for your interest in Fishbites! Let us know how we can help you with your fishing. Always if you have a story and or pics to share, send them to us! To send your picture and story to us by email photocontest@fishbites.com. You can also submit your pictures to our Facebook page www.facebook.com/Fishbites Should you decide to submit on Facebook, send us an email letting us know you did so that we’ll know to go find it. Please do not direct us to your personal page. We will only accept Facebook submissions made to the above hyperlink. To find a store that sells Fishbites Baits near you click here: . For all questions regarding an internet order you made from us at fishbites.com or by phone please email orderdept@fishbites.com or call us @ 1-877-840-BAIT(2248).
March 31, 2014

Extreme Scent Release in Action!

Fishbites Extreme Scent Release Jerk Baits put to the test! Captain Tommy Derringer and Branan Ward hook several nice redfish in the North Florida flats using Fishbites Jerk Baits. In this video you will also see a couple different ways to rig the 5″ Extreme Scent Jerk Baits.   Thanks for your interest in Fishbites! Let us know how we can help you with your fishing. Always if you have a story and or pics to share, send them to us! To send your picture and story to us by email photocontest@fishbites.com. You can also submit your pictures to our Facebook page www.facebook.com/Fishbites Should you decide to submit on Facebook, send us an email letting us know you did so that we’ll know to go find it. Please do not direct us to your personal page. We will only accept Facebook submissions made to the above hyperlink. To find a store that sells Fishbites Baits near you click here: . For all questions regarding an internet order you made from us at fishbites.com or by phone please email orderdept@fishbites.com or call us @ 1-877-840-BAIT(2248).
April 2, 2014

Paddle Tails in the Mosquito Lagoon

Today the Fishbites guys went out on a little fishing trip into the Mosquito Lagoon, near Edgewater FL. Mosquito Lagoon is located in the northern part of the Indian River Lagoon system and the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway. It extends from Ponce de León Inlet in Volusia County, Florida, to the north end of Merritt Island. It connects to the Indian River via the Haulover Canal. The Lagoon divides the city of New Smyrna Beach. It also runs next to the Canaveral National Seashore on Cape Canaveral and the Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge. The Kennedy Space Center is located on the lagoon as well. Mosquito Lagoon is an acclaimed red drum fishing habitat and a well-known destination for birdwatchers and nature tours. The Nature Conservancy is coordinating an oyster restoration project, developed by the University of Central Florida. The goal is to restore about 40 acres of oyster reef habitat within the Canaveral National Seashore.the Nature Conservancy – Indian River Lagoon We hunted reds most of the morning with a few large pushes sighted.  If you’ve never quietly polled up on a large red school push, you are missing out.  It is one of the most exciting things to see as a backwater fisher.  To see water being pushed ahead similar to heavy boat drugging through the ICW, it’s amazing. We were fishing in 12″ water most of the morning.  Although the larger pigs were tough to reach, we did catch over 30 fish, all reds and trout, 1 flounder, and release them all – to be caught on the next trip. This video show Craig Patterson, owner and operator of: Donald’s Bait and Tackle 96 Dunlawton Ave, Port Orange, FL 32127 (386) 760-1871 Craig is more than happy to help you get rigged up with Fishbites gear at his shop.  He can show you the best spot to fish too in the Indian River/Mosquito Lagoon area.  Enjoy!   Thanks for your interest in Fishbites! Let us know how we can help you with your fishing. Always if you have a story and or pics to share, send them to us! To send your picture and story to us by email photocontest@fishbites.com. You can also submit your pictures to our Facebook page www.facebook.com/Fishbites Should you decide to submit on Facebook, send us an email letting us know you did so that we’ll know to go find it. Please do not direct us to your personal page. We will only accept Facebook submissions made to the above hyperlink. To find a store that sells Fishbites Baits near you click here: . For all questions regarding an internet order you made from us at fishbites.com or by phone please email orderdept@fishbites.com or call us @ 1-877-840-BAIT(2248).
April 16, 2014

Split Decision

      For the first time EVER, Fishbites announces that we have a split decision! With an even number of judges, we could not decide, so we chose TWO WINNERS! And – we didn’t split the pot – they EACH got a check for $200!!! Congrats to Jaime for her Kayak Red, and Manuel for his Baffin Bay Drum, both of you will be getting a check from Fishbites for $200! Thank you for your loyalty! To those other great photos, keep them coming. There were so many very good pics this month, it was tough. April contest is on, send in your pics!   Here are some other March submissions: [Show slideshow] 12► Thanks for your interest in Fishbites! Let us know how we can help you with your fishing. Always if you have a story and or pics to share, send them to us! To send your picture and story to us by email photocontest@fishbites.com. You can also submit your pictures to our Facebook page www.facebook.com/Fishbites Should you decide to submit on Facebook, send us an email letting us know you did so that we’ll know to go find it. Please do not direct us to your personal page. We will only accept Facebook submissions made to the above hyperlink. To find a store that sells Fishbites Baits near you click here: . For all questions regarding an internet order you made from us at fishbites.com or by phone please email orderdept@fishbites.com or call us @ 1-877-840-BAIT(2248).
May 4, 2014

Double Hookup Wins the Contest

So college student Christian Gala wants to go fishing.  Not having much expendable income, he choose to try a bag of our E-Z Clam Fishbites.  Christian told us “I’m currently a college student so my free time is rare to say the least, I am usually broke so buying shrimp is out of the question, however I purchased one bag of clam fish bites, using my newly purchased prized bait, I managed 2 nice pompano the first cast, on one rig”. Honestly, we hear this often.  Our surf-caster friends often tell us of double hook-ups on a single cast, particularly int eh southeast part of the state, surf-fishing for pompano. This purchase was a wise investment for Christian for sure.  Not only did he start the day with a double hook-up, he was able to use the same baits over and over that day – PLUS – he wins the photo contest!  $200 to you Christian Gala.  Keep studying. Here are some other honorable mentions for April.  Keep in mind the things that we look for – great fish – great photo – clear Fishbites bait/branding in the photo.  May contest is now on – send in your pics!   [Show slideshow]   Thanks for your interest in Fishbites! Let us know how we can help you with your fishing. Always if you have a story and or pics to share, send them to us! To send your picture and story to us by email photocontest@fishbites.com. You can also submit your pictures to our Facebook page www.facebook.com/Fishbites Should you decide to submit on Facebook, send us an email letting us know you did so that we’ll know to go find it. Please do not direct us to your personal page. We will only accept Facebook submissions made to the above hyperlink. To find a store that sells Fishbites Baits near you click here: . For all questions regarding an internet order you made from us at fishbites.com or by phone please email orderdept@fishbites.com or call us @ 1-877-840-BAIT(2248).
May 31, 2014

Fishbites Fishes the Grass Flats of Steinhatchee FL

A couple weeks ago we put the Fishbites Xtreme Scent Release Lures to test in the grass flats of Steinhatchee, FL in the Gulf of Mexico. Typically we ten to fish towards structure, in skinny water.  On the west coas of FL it is a bit different.  Just off the coast of the Steinhatchee River, the Gulf flattens out to miles and miles of grass flats.  The water is less than 3′ and the grass rises up about a foot or so.  The strategy is to present your bait on the top of the grass without getting hung up.  We went out with Captain Brad Riddle, FinActionCharters.com, and he showed us his preferred method of trout fishing on these flats –  Popping Corks. The popping corks as you’ll see in the video, have a set of brass beads.  When presented correctly, the sound replicated that of traveling shrimp.  Add the tease of this sound to the scent of our Fishbites Xtreme Scent Release Lures and you get a win win.  We were able to catch many trout using mostly the ghost white color on this particular day.  The weather had been rough and very windy for many days and the water was particularly tannic  and tea-colored.  We picked up a few on the shrimp color and a few on the chartreuse/pepper as well. At the end of the day we had our limit on speckled trout for dinner, left dozens for you to catch. A well, we picked up 1 random spanish mackerel and a stray remora – but who’s counting the remora right?  The point is, these baits and their scent attract many species of fish.  When presented optimally, it is easy to get your daily limit.  Enjoy the video.   Thanks for your interest in Fishbites! Let us know how we can help you with your fishing. Always if you have a story and or pics to share, send them to us! To send your picture and story to us by email photocontest@fishbites.com. You can also submit your pictures to our Facebook page www.facebook.com/Fishbites Should you decide to submit on Facebook, send us an email letting us know you did so that we’ll know to go find it. Please do not direct us to your personal page. We will only accept Facebook submissions made to the above hyperlink. To find a store that sells Fishbites Baits near you click here: . For all questions regarding an internet order you made from us at fishbites.com or by phone please email orderdept@fishbites.com or call us @ 1-877-840-BAIT(2248).
June 6, 2014

And the winner is…

Texas is represented well by May’s photo contest winner, Roman Duran! Roman is hooking redfish and black drum almost daily with Fishbites EZ-shrimp and EZ-Crab!  If you look back you’ll see his bounty!  There were many great stories and great fish caught for the Map Fishbites photo contest.  Here are a few to look over! [Show slideshow] Thanks for your interest in Fishbites! Let us know how we can help you with your fishing. Always if you have a story and or pics to share, send them to us! To send your picture and story to us by email photocontest@fishbites.com. You can also submit your pictures to our Facebook page www.facebook.com/Fishbites Should you decide to submit on Facebook, send us an email letting us know you did so that we’ll know to go find it. Please do not direct us to your personal page. We will only accept Facebook submissions made to the above hyperlink. To find a store that sells Fishbites Baits near you click here: . For all questions regarding an internet order you made from us at fishbites.com or by phone please email orderdept@fishbites.com or call us @ 1-877-840-BAIT(2248).
June 20, 2014

Fishbites Supporting Patriots!

Fishbites is 100% Made In The USA – and We LOVE our Military! We love hearing these great stories too! Listen to this recent story we received from US Army Veteran. “After getting up late, a bad day at work, almost getting fired, getting pulled over, and it being Friday the 13th I decided to get away from stress. I went out and bought some Green (shrimp) Fish Bites, which I have used many many times before but no luck using it. Sat there enjoying the waves on the pier when out of no where I my line running. I caught my limit and was highly satisfied. Thank you Fish Bites for being an awesome fishing product. Made my bad luck go away in less than 10 minutes! Happy Fishing and Flag Day! US Army Veteran” Thanks for your interest in Fishbites! Let us know how we can help you with your fishing. Always if you have a story and or pics to share, send them to us! To send your picture and story to us by email photocontest@fishbites.com. You can also submit your pictures to our Facebook page www.facebook.com/Fishbites Should you decide to submit on Facebook, send us an email letting us know you did so that we’ll know to go find it. Please do not direct us to your personal page. We will only accept Facebook submissions made to the above hyperlink. To find a store that sells Fishbites Baits near you click here: . For all questions regarding an internet order you made from us at fishbites.com or by phone please email orderdept@fishbites.com or call us @ 1-877-840-BAIT(2248).
July 14, 2014

South Texas Hits Again

And the winner is????? Steven Guzman! Thank you Steven for your support of Fishbites! You have a $200 check headed your way buddy! Steven is an active outdoors-man, always sending in photos of hit catches and related injuries!  Following this trip Steven sent us this note: Went out this am to try my luck and saw some action in the water as I got close I see tails coming up and down and I put a green crab fishbites on and wayyuumm a drum after that it was non stop action caught over 20 drum in a hour there was so much drum schooling that my kayak was vibrating fun Sunday thanks fishbites! I can almost smell the fish fry in his house each weekend.  Thank you again Steven for your ongoing support of Fishbites and our products! Here are some other contenders for the June Photo Contest.  The July contest is underway – send them in! [Show slideshow] Thanks for your interest in Fishbites! Let us know how we can help you with your fishing. Always if you have a story and or pics to share, send them to us! To send your picture and story to us by email photocontest@fishbites.com. You can also submit your pictures to our Facebook page www.facebook.com/Fishbites Should you decide to submit on Facebook, send us an email letting us know you did so that we’ll know to go find it. Please do not direct us to your personal page. We will only accept Facebook submissions made to the above hyperlink. To find a store that sells Fishbites Baits near you click here: . For all questions regarding an internet order you made from us at fishbites.com or by phone please email orderdept@fishbites.com or call us @ 1-877-840-BAIT(2248).
August 20, 2014

Pompano or Permit? It won $200!

A few weeks ago 12 year old Carson called his dad Curt asked if he could use his fishing tackle because he was going to the beach with his mom and sister.   Dad told him what to grab and they left for the beach around 10 am. Around 4pm I received a text from him from moms phone with Carson holding what he thought was a giant pompano. Looking at the picture I informed him it was a permit not a pompano! Carson was elated knowing that he had caught something his dad had never caught and promptly started rubbing it in. Carson and his mom caught several pompano and large whiting that day as well. They said they had to come back home because they ran out of the chartreuse Fishbites. They caught those fish on Mexico Beach Florida on 12lb test line with the moms’ rod and reel. The Fishbites products were purchased at Pier 98 store in Panama City. Next time you are in that area, stop by Pier 98 store in Panama City and ask for Fishbites by name, show them this blog post and they will get you hooked up! Here are some other contenders for the July Photo Contest.  The August contest is well underway – send them in! [Show slideshow]   Thanks for your interest in Fishbites! Let us know how we can help you with your fishing. Always if you have a story and or pics to share, send them to us! To send your picture and story to us by email photocontest@fishbites.com. You can also submit your pictures to our Facebook page www.facebook.com/Fishbites Should you decide to submit on Facebook, send us an email letting us know you did so that we’ll know to go find it. Please do not direct us to your personal page. We will only accept Facebook submissions made to the above hyperlink. To find a store that sells Fishbites Baits near you click here: . For all questions regarding an internet order you made from us at fishbites.com or by phone please email orderdept@fishbites.com or call us @ 1-877-840-BAIT(2248).
August 20, 2014

Identifying Permit VS Pompano

Can you tell the difference? These fast-swimming coastal fishes are a challenge to catch and, as a result, are coveted by Florida anglers; the pompano has the added enticement of being a popular dinner entree. The two species are remarkably similar in appearance but very different in size as adults—a situation that confuses many anglers who, thinking they have reeled in a world-record-size pompano, are disappointed to learn that they have actually hooked a permit, and a small one at that. Pompano and permit are members of the jack family, Carangidae, which includes about 140 species worldwide. Jacks are characterized by their silvery, thin bodies and deeply forked tail fins. Many have elongated dorsal fins. Florida relatives of the pompano and permit include palometa, crevalle jack, yellow jack, lookdown, amberjack, and a variety of scads. Because pompano and permit are very similar in appearance, anglers often confuse them. Adult pompano and permit can be distinguished from each other by their size. Pompano rarely grow larger than seven pounds, whereas permit weighing 40 pounds are common. The body of a juvenile permit is deeper than that of a pompano of similar length; also, the anal fin of the juvenile permit is orange. As permit grow, their body depth decreases in relation to their length, and fin coloration changes from orange to yellow, making them look like huge pompano. The best way to distinguish between these species is to count the dorsal and anal fin rays. Pompano have more. Florida pompano (Trachinotus carolinus) have a deep, thin, silvery body with a greenish gray back, which slopes gradually to a rounded head with a blunt snout and small mouth. In dark waters, pompano may have a gold tinge on the throat, belly, and fins. Six short spines are located in front of an elongated dorsal fin, which is set low on the fish’s back and is matched by a slightly shorter anal fin underneath. The first few soft rays of these fins are elongated, followed by a narrow band of soft rays that lead to the deeply forked Vshaped tail. The dorsal fin has 22 to 27 soft rays; the anal fin has 20 to 23 rays. The fins of pompano may be yellow. Florida pompano may reach 25 inches and 8 pounds. The body of the permit (Trachinotus falcatus) is silvery, with a dark or iridescent blue back. In dark waters, orange or even golden tints on larger specimens may be visible around the breast. The dorsal fin of the permit has 17 to 21 rays; the anal fin has 16 to 19 rays. Many adult permit have a large circular black splotch on their sides, behind the base of the pectoral fin. Young permit have bright orange pelvic and anal fins, as well as small teeth on the tongue. Permit may grow to 59 inches and 79 pounds. Both pompano and permit have distinctive plates at the back of the mouth that help them crush the hard-shelled crustaceans and mollusks they eat. Pompano are coastal fish and are generally found in schools along sandy beaches, around inlets, and in brackish bays and estuaries, where they inhabit oyster bars and seagrass beds. They tolerate a wide range of environmental variables, including cold temperatures, low dissolved-oxygen levels, and low salinities—as long as the changes occur gradually. Although typically a shallow-water species, they have been found in waters up to 130 feet deep.   Thanks to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, and Fish and Wildlife Research Institute for this information.   [Show slideshow] 12►   Thanks for your interest in Fishbites! Let us know how we can help you with your fishing. Always if you have a story and or pics to share, send them to us! To send your picture and story to us by email photocontest@fishbites.com. You can also submit your pictures to our Facebook page www.facebook.com/Fishbites Should you decide to submit on Facebook, send us an email letting us know you did so that we’ll know to go find it. Please do not direct us to your personal page. We will only accept Facebook submissions made to the above hyperlink. To find a store that sells Fishbites Baits near you click here: . For all questions regarding an internet order you made from us at fishbites.com or by phone please email orderdept@fishbites.com or call us @ 1-877-840-BAIT(2248).
September 19, 2014

Spinning Reel, Bait Caster, or The Pink One?

This reel that reel, this line that line, the debate over what brings in the most fish is an age old debate.  This month’s $200 Fishbites photo contest winner, Karen Wilkie, is quite particular about her tackle setup and spinning reel of choice.  Her pick?  “The Pink One”. Karen’s dad sends us this note; “This evening while we were out fishing with our Fishbites Fish ‘n’ Strips, chartreuse crab, we landed a small red drum. My 4 year old daughter was very excited and just had to have her picture taken. So here she is with the red and the cutest grin you’ll ever see. My daughter’s favorite bait is Fishbites Fish ‘n’ Strips, especially any of the pink ones. She’ll pull in Atlantic Croaker on her little pink fishing pole all day if I let her. Thanks Fishbites!” “Karen loves to fish and we love using Fishbites. We actually fish quite often. Here’s a photo where she caught a small Red Drum with her pink fishing pole” said proud father. So regardless of you are hunting bull redfish, gator trout using our 5” jerk baits and 3” shrimp or 3″ paddle tails, there is a bait for you.  Many of our photo winners have been using the small strip baits, in various colors and scents.  Most all available at a tackle shop near you.  Ask for them by name. For a quick look at what this month’s winner (and several previous) is using you can click here:  Fishbites Fish’n Strips many colors and scent choices. There were several considerable mentions for the August Fishbites Photo Contest, take a look at some other photos.  Remember, best photo is determined by photo quality, quality of the bait shown in the mouth of the catch.  Keep sending them in!   [Show slideshow]   Thanks for your interest in Fishbites! Let us know how we can help you with your fishing. Always if you have a story and or pics to share, send them to us! To send your picture and story to us by email photocontest@fishbites.com. You can also submit your pictures to our Facebook page www.facebook.com/Fishbites Should you decide to submit on Facebook, send us an email letting us know you did so that we’ll know to go find it. Please do not direct us to your personal page. We will only accept Facebook submissions made to the above hyperlink. To find a store that sells Fishbites Baits near you click here: . For all questions regarding an internet order you made from us at fishbites.com or by phone please email orderdept@fishbites.com or call us @ 1-877-840-BAIT(2248).
October 6, 2014

Bull Reds in the St. Johns River Using Fishbites EZ Crab

Well what did you catch this weekend? There are many people who never get the opportunity to catch great fish in this world.  The crew at Fishbites is fortunate to have great people all around the coastal State from Texas to Maine to really know the area and know how to use the Fishbites product. What’s even better is that we are able to show you exactly how to use the Fishbites product and help you get the catches of your dreams. Last week a few of us took a trip into the St. Johns River in Jacksonville, FL, with Captain Don Dingman, from the “Hook The Future” TV show, (HooktheFuture.com) on the Salt Life fishing boat.  Not only were we put right on top of some amazing beautiful fish, but we only used 1 scent of bait – all day.  We never deviated and we never tried adding anything else to our hooks.  We used Fishbites EZ Crab, which is 100% made in the USA! The Fishbites EZ Crab are baits that have a tough consistency making them the perfect pick for surf fishing, casting off a jetty, atop a pier, or from the bridge. Use wherever bait stealers are notorious. We stayed with the crab scent in its rawest form, nothing fancy, just a large piece doubled hooked, as you’ll see clearly in the video.  What’s super cool about this bait is that in most cases, you will get your hook up, land the fish, de-hook the fish, and still be able to use the same piece of bait over and over again.  Watch this video and you’ll see us land bull Red after bull red, often on the same bait.  We purposely shot the video with close-ups of the bait hanging out of the mouths of these monsters show you how easy it is to catch great fish using the Fishbites product line.  If they are there, you will enjoy big catches like the ones you’ll see in this video, enjoy! Ask for Fishbites by name at your local bait and tackle shop. Thanks for your interest in Fishbites! Let us know how we can help you with your fishing. Always if you have a story and or pics to share, send them to us! To send your picture and story to us by email photocontest@fishbites.com. You can also submit your pictures to our Facebook page www.facebook.com/Fishbites Should you decide to submit on Facebook, send us an email letting us know you did so that we’ll know to go find it. Please do not direct us to your personal page. We will only accept Facebook submissions made to the above hyperlink. To find a store that sells Fishbites Baits near you click here: . For all questions regarding an internet order you made from us at fishbites.com or by phone please email orderdept@fishbites.com or call us @ 1-877-840-BAIT(2248).
October 15, 2014

Another Bull Red Wins the Cash

The September photo contest winner is Manuel Garcia!  Great catch! After a long drought and no rain in site this past summer, fishing was slow. September came around and so did the rain. Hoping the fresh water would bring in the fish I packed up my fishing gear this past weekend and headed to Baffin Bay with my favorite bait ” the pink colored EZ crab” It didn’t take long for me to land this beautiful catch and release 25lb 38″ 11 spotted Bull Red! Boy was I excited!! Thank You Fishbites! Your the Best!! Manuel Garcia.   Here are some other photos that we collected this last month, enjoy! [Show slideshow] Thanks for your interest in Fishbites! Let us know how we can help you with your fishing. Always if you have a story and or pics to share, send them to us! To send your picture and story to us by email photocontest@fishbites.com. You can also submit your pictures to our Facebook page www.facebook.com/Fishbites Should you decide to submit on Facebook, send us an email letting us know you did so that we’ll know to go find it. Please do not direct us to your personal page. We will only accept Facebook submissions made to the above hyperlink. To find a store that sells Fishbites Baits near you click here: . For all questions regarding an internet order you made from us at fishbites.com or by phone please email orderdept@fishbites.com or call us @ 1-877-840-BAIT(2248).
November 24, 2014

Fishbites Finds Flounder and Redfish in Pensacola FL

Fishbites drops into Santa Rosa County in the Florida panhandle. We fished the Pensacola sound and found several flounder and many slot sized redfish.  While we were fishing at the pass, Shawn had a flounder on almost every cast, mostly smalls, but a very consistent bite. We then traveled up through the docks and pulled out about 35 reds over two days.  The reds were catch and release of course but we did take our limit home for the grill. We used all colors of the Extreme Scent Shrimp Baits and paddle tails.  We also hit several using different colors of the 5″ jerk baits.  Very productive fishing trip.  Beautiful water and great looking fish! We spent the two days with Captain Patrick “Shawn” Mistovich, PM3 Fishing Charters. Captain Shawn is a lifelong resident of Santa Rosa County. He is a devoted husband and father of two boys. He has over 20 years of experience fishing the local waterways of Northwest Florida. He is an accomplished Redfish Tournament angler and avid outdoorsman. Captain Shawn takes great pride in teaching and sharing his local knowledge in God’s great outdoors! Your day on the water will be spent on board a spacious and dry 2020 Blazer Bay boat. It comes equipt with all the up to date necessities and plenty of dry storage to make your day on the water comfortable and enjoyable! If you would like o try a trip in and around the Pensacola fishery, and try out the Fishbite’s line of baits, give Captain Shawn a call, (850)232-7333.   Thanks for your interest in Fishbites! Let us know how we can help you with your fishing. Always if you have a story and or pics to share, send them to us! To send your picture and story to us by email photocontest@fishbites.com. You can also submit your pictures to our Facebook page www.facebook.com/Fishbites Should you decide to submit on Facebook, send us an email letting us know you did so that we’ll know to go find it. Please do not direct us to your personal page. We will only accept Facebook submissions made to the above hyperlink. To find a store that sells Fishbites Baits near you click here: . For all questions regarding an internet order you made from us at fishbites.com or by phone please email orderdept@fishbites.com or call us @ 1-877-840-BAIT(2248).
December 24, 2014

Interesting Catches

Ok, let me start by saying two things – first is Happy Holidays to all of you who have helped make Fishbites what we are today! We hope you have a great weekend and many more catches headed your way! Secondly, these fish haev nothing to do with Fishbites other than the fact that they are fish and they were caught. We just thought you’d enjoy seeing some really interesting catches. Ferocious-looking sea creature is a lancetfish Mysterious, deep-sea denizen with fang-like teeth washes ashore alive in North Carolina; ‘I don’t know what I would do if one of those bumped into me’ A ferocious-looking sea creature that washed ashore last week in Nags Head, North Carolina, has been identified as a long-nosed lancetfish. The deep-water denizen, its mouth bristling with fang-like teeth, was alive but listless when it was first spotted south of Jennette’s Pier. It was photographed and released, but washed ashore a second time, World Nature Newsreports. That implied that the fish was ill, and perhaps dying. It’s not clear what ultimately became of the cannibalistic critter, but it got people talking, and the photos accompanying this story have been widely shared since first being posted on the Jennette’s Pier Facebook page last Thursday.   “I don’t know what I would do if one of those bumped into me, but it wouldn’t be pleasant,” reads one of the Facebook comments. The headlines generated by this rare capture have been understandably sensational. Reads a Live Science headline: “Scary fanged cannibal fish washes ashore … alive.” From Freep.com: “Terrifying lancetfish with fangs washes ashore in North Carolina” You’d think people would be fleeing inland after reports such as these. But if anything positive has come from this peculiar capture, it’s that lots of people now know about the long-snouted lancetfish (Alepisaurus ferox). It lacks scales, for starters, and boasts a long, wavy dorsal fin that adds to its scary appearance and mystique. Lancetfish, which are found in tropical and sub-tropical waters around the world, can measure nearly seven feet. They prey mostly on small fishes and crustaceans, but also other lancetfish. But they’re not swift swimmers and are themselves preyed upon by larger fish, including tuna and sharks. Lancetfish are capable of swimming quickly in bursts, however, and rely largely on ambush techniques to snatch their prey. And yes, those long, sharp teeth work wonders in securing their meals. –Find Pete Thomas on Facebook and Twitter     SoCal anglers score rare opah trifecta It’s unusual to catch one opah on a sportfishing boat, but anglers out of San Diego manage to land three of the brightly colored ‘moonfish’ on one day   Anglers aboard the San Diego-based Excel have spent the past several days loading up on tuna and yellowtail, during what many are describing as the most phenomenal bite in regional waters in decades. But standing out among the yellowfin tuna, bluefin tuna, and yellowtail are three enormous fish shaped like the moon and nearly as radiant. They are opah, weighing in at 151, 180, and 124 pounds, caught respectively by Armando Castillo, Joe Ludlow, and Travis Savala (see photo). To catch one opah on a Southern California-based sportfishing boat (or any sportfishing boat) is rare. To catch three on the same vessel, on the same day, is extraordinary. This is because the brightly colored fish do not typically swim in large schools. They’re more commonly found in tropical and sub-tropical seas, and their appearance in local waters is often associated with warm-water events such as El Niño. (El Niño-like conditions are what lured the tuna and yellowtail into Southern California waters.) Thanks for your interest in Fishbites! Let us know how we can help you with your fishing. Always if you have a story and or pics to share, send them to us! To send your picture and story to us by email photocontest@fishbites.com. You can also submit your pictures to our Facebook page www.facebook.com/Fishbites Should you decide to submit on Facebook, send us an email letting us know you did so that we’ll know to go find it. Please do not direct us to your personal page. We will only accept Facebook submissions made to the above hyperlink. To find a store that sells Fishbites Baits near you click here: . For all questions regarding an internet order you made from us at fishbites.com or by phone please email orderdept@fishbites.com or call us @ 1-877-840-BAIT(2248).
January 29, 2015

World Record Pompano Caught Using Fishbites

In April 2012, the one that got away didn’t get away. Using Fishbites E-Z Clam strip baits, Local surf caster Manuel Briceno landed what turned out to be the world’s largest Pompano, landed on the shores of South Fl. Fishbites goes “Behind the Reel” to hear to hear the full story of the Venezuelan born Horse trainer – turned “King of the beach” Pompano fisherman, Manuel Briceno, Vero Beach FL. Manuel was born in Venezuela and didn’t go fishing much as a child.  His father had large fishing boats and it was more like work than pleasure to Manuel.  “The smell of the fuel and all of the blood just wasn’t for me” he said. It wasn’t until after finishing college in South Florida that Manuel began to learn to fish.  Local surf casters taught him to read the tides, white caps, sun placement and ultimately turned him on to Fishbites EZ Clam Strips scented bait. One afternoon, enjoying the scenery and sunset, he had a hit like no other.  He had two lines out, one using fresh sand flea, the other Fishbites. The rod with the Fishbites took off and bent over as if he had a large shark on.  “It went side to side.  At first I thought it was a shark, but the sharks typically show themselves by jumping or showing off their fins.  This fish kept running hard side to side.  I kept pressure on it, constantly reeling and backing up on the beach, hoping I wouldn’t lose it.  I knew it was a monster!”  It appeared!  “I saw him swim sideways through the wave.  With the sun shining down on it, it almost glowed.  It was a big deal, it really changed my life”. “I used to be anxious all the time.  I was driven with work and deadlines.  This fish taught me to enjoy life.  He (The fish) was sent there for a reason” says Manuel.  “I have learned to enjoy the moment, to relax, to appreciate things more.” Although he knew he had a special fish, he didn’t know just how special it was.  He had started cleaning the fish when one of his fisherman friends told him to get it checked out.  They looked up the record and found that the FL record was 8.2 lbs and the world record was 8.4 lbs.  He took the fish to the bait shop and it tipped the scales at 8.8 lbs – gutted!  “It would have weighed so much more if I had known.  Next time – I’ll know what to do!  I am out to get another world record fish!” We spent some time talking with Manuel.  He was generous with some very helpful tips for catching Pompano.  “The best time to go fishing is two hours before low tide and when the sea is choppy.  The Pompano like to get close to the shore, camouflaged with the water to avoid the different risks of predators, it is a very nervous fish.  That’s why they appear in the chop.  You can stand close to the shore and close to the swirl.  It’s the best way and time to fish when it comes to beach fishing.  It’s because the tide brings all kinds of foods and nutrients for the fish.  All of the small and big fish come together – it’s when the food chain comes to play.” “When I go fishing, I use Fishbites, and it is the best bait.  It has different flavors, I use the different flavors in depending of what I’m going to fish for.  I like shrimp flavor, orange color, and pink sand fleas because the look like sand flea eggs.  When the bait touches the salt water it releases its flavor and attracts the fish – that’s how you get it!  I personally recommend Fishbites, it is the best bait in the market.” Manuel, now completely hooked himself on fishing, has spent countless hours perfecting the art of catching Pompano.  He has perfected what he calls the King Pompano rigs, which are sold all over South Florida.  He has mastered the hook size, a pink poly tubing that covers the shank protecting against mackerel bite offs, he adds a jingle at the top, and then adds a piece of Fishbites scented bait.  “It’s a triple threat – it’s visual, it makes a noise and the scent spreads drawing them in, you can’t miss” he says. “The rigs I use have three or two hooks. I prefer two hooks because you want to throw you bait as far as possible.  The bigger Pompanos are in the deeper waters.  Having only two hooks allow you to throw farther, it’s all strategy”. “Fishbites made this artificial bait with the color of the sand flea’s eggs, so you put it in the hook and when the hook touches the water it spreads the sand fly’s odor and that’s when the pompano comes smell the sand fly, sees its color and it comes to attack and plakata!! “You got it and now you are the king of the beach!” King Pompano Rigs To get your own King Pompano Rig, handmade my Manuel Briceno, call 954-384-9107, and/or email manuelbriceno@bellsouth.net. Here is the video in both English and Spanish!  Enjoy! [Show slideshow] 12►     Thanks for your interest in Fishbites! Let us know how we can help you with your fishing. Always if you have a story and or pics to share, send them to us! To send your picture and story to us by email photocontest@fishbites.com. You can also submit your pictures to our Facebook page www.facebook.com/Fishbites Should you decide to submit on Facebook, send us an email letting us know you did so that we’ll know to go find it. Please do not direct us to your personal page. We will only accept Facebook submissions made to the above hyperlink. To find a store that sells Fishbites Baits near you click here: . For all questions regarding an internet order you made from us […]
February 23, 2015

60 Pound Black Drum

Caught at Matagorda  Texas on the 20th of February on the saltwater EZ Crab Fishbites. 60 pound black drum! Also caught by my wife Sally on the 19th of February a 35 pound black drum on the same bait. regards, Tom Morrison Thanks for your interest in Fishbites! Let us know how we can help you with your fishing. Always if you have a story and or pics to share, send them to us! To send your picture and story to us by email photocontest@fishbites.com. You can also submit your pictures to our Facebook page www.facebook.com/Fishbites Should you decide to submit on Facebook, send us an email letting us know you did so that we’ll know to go find it. Please do not direct us to your personal page. We will only accept Facebook submissions made to the above hyperlink. To find a store that sells Fishbites Baits near you click here: . For all questions regarding an internet order you made from us at fishbites.com or by phone please email orderdept@fishbites.com or call us @ 1-877-840-BAIT(2248).
April 27, 2015

Fishbites on a Sunday

So what did you do yesterday? Doug Cooper chose to throw a few Fishbites out in North East Florida near  Crescent Beach Flats on the oyster bars and came up with dinner.  He was using the Chartreuse EZ Shrimp on the bottom and had a pretty good Sunday.  Probably has some leftovers for lunch today!   Thanks for your interest in Fishbites! Let us know how we can help you with your fishing. Always if you have a story and or pics to share, send them to us! To send your picture and story to us by email photocontest@fishbites.com. You can also submit your pictures to our Facebook page www.facebook.com/Fishbites Should you decide to submit on Facebook, send us an email letting us know you did so that we’ll know to go find it. Please do not direct us to your personal page. We will only accept Facebook submissions made to the above hyperlink. To find a store that sells Fishbites Baits near you click here: . For all questions regarding an internet order you made from us at fishbites.com or by phone please email orderdept@fishbites.com or call us @ 1-877-840-BAIT(2248).
May 10, 2015

Last Ditch Efforts?

Here at Fishbites we get stories like this all the time!   Folks like you and me, fishing hard, trying every angle, every bait – nothing.  Then as a seemingly last ditch effort try this thing called Fishbites!  Then next?  Great catches!  This practice has made many a believer of Fishbites scented baits.  Here is what angler Butch Simmons from Atlantic Beach, FL said about a recent fishing trip… “Dear Fishbites, just to let you know we didn’t catch a fish all morn on shrimp or cut bait. Then I went to bait shop and got two packs of Fishbites, and the rest is history. They work great thanks to you guys.” Our bet is that Butch’s subsequent trips starts with Fishbites instead of being a last ditch effort! By the way – this photo is a winner of our photo contest and Butch got a check for $200 for this great photo!  It is a great looking fish, a good quality photo with good lighting, and most importantly clear visibility of Fishbites baits in the fishes mouth.  Even though Butch is sporting the grumpy grampa look in the photo – he still won $200!  🙂 Oh one last thing – hey Butch – you need to get a bigger cooler! Thanks for your interest in Fishbites! Let us know how we can help you with your fishing. Always if you have a story and or pics to share, send them to us! To send your picture and story to us by email photocontest@fishbites.com. You can also submit your pictures to our Facebook page www.facebook.com/Fishbites Should you decide to submit on Facebook, send us an email letting us know you did so that we’ll know to go find it. Please do not direct us to your personal page. We will only accept Facebook submissions made to the above hyperlink. To find a store that sells Fishbites Baits near you click here: . For all questions regarding an internet order you made from us at fishbites.com or by phone please email orderdept@fishbites.com or call us @ 1-877-840-BAIT(2248).