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Top 10 Saltwater Baits

Academy Staff
7 min read
Do you have the best baits for saltwater fishing? Are any of the best baits for bass fishing already in your tackle box?
Whether you are fishing from the surf, pier, out on a boat, or in the bay, here’s our Top 10 Saltwater Baits we recommend for your next fishing trip.
The South is known for the fish fry, but to get the best fish for the party, make sure you have Down South Lures in your tacklebox. These 4 ½” long baits are designed for reeling in redfish, sea trout, flounder, snook, and bass.
With natural colors, a rattle, and 3-D eyes, this bait’s realistic look – made from ABS plastic – is sure to reel in a sizeable freshwater bass for the campfire cookout.
Specifically designed for the Gulf Coast! These tandem rigs’ swimming action attracts redfish, trout, and flounder. With single hook construction, this is also great bait for night fishing.
Built from a durable hardware system to stand up to even the most voracious, hard-charging species, this lure features two No. 4 saltwater treble hooks that secure the catch after the strike. Its tough construction makes this one of the best saltwater lures for redfish, speckled trout, and snook.
This bait’s TPE, Kevlar®, glass and stainless-steel construction offers toughness and durability while its 3-D eyes and multi-jointed design provide a realistic, natural-looking appearance. This bait is for use with baitcast, spinning, and spincast rods to catch redfish, trout, and flounder.
This pre-rigged bait features a Kevlar weave through the body for strength and durability. One Vudu Shrimp has reportedly caught up to 50 Trout! The unique tail provides a natural swimming movement, which is great for catching saltwater redfish and trout. For best results, we recommend using with a popping or rattling cork.
Make sure you haul in your biggest catch of trout or redfish by using the Berkley Gulp! 3-inch Shrimp. This bait absorbs the Gulp! scent and attractant to lure plenty of saltwater fish to your hook. These baits can be recharged by putting them back in the attractant after each use.
Not sure exactly what you are looking to catch? This bait – considered one of the best alternatives to live saltwater fishing bait – draws in a variety of saltwater species, including trout and redfish, to your hook through smell and the realistic mullet shape. The baits can be recharged by putting them back in the attractant after use.
Whether on the pier, on a boat, or in the surf, the trout, redfish, and other saltwater fish species will be drawn to this bait, which imitates the feel and appearance of live shrimp. This soft bait is weighted enough to fall and swim without tumbling and can be used to bottom fish or for cast and retrieve.
10. FishBites Long Lasting EZ Shrimp Want to get some big bites on your next trip to fish the bay? Make sure you have the FishBites Long Lasting EZ Shrimp in your tacklebox to help you bring home the heavy haul. From redfish to Gafftopsail catfish to Florida Whiting, this bait will have many species of saltwater fish going wild.
Looking for even more saltwater fishing recommendations? Which lure is recommended for murky waters? Which is the best lure for saltwater fishing beginners?
In the video below professional fishing guide, Capt. Michael “Sharky” Marquez, answers those questions while breaking down his Top 5 Saltwater Fishing Lures as well as casting tips and techniques to help bring in your best fishing haul! These lures include:
  • Topwater
  • Rattle Trap
  • Spoon
  • Double Tandem Trout Rig
  • Soft Plastic
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