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Updated: 05/23/2014 08:00:00AM

Sabiki or castnet? I’ll take ’em both

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WATERLINE PHOTO BY MATT STEVENS

Austin Phelps throws a castnet at a school of finger mullet at the Bayshore pier in Charlotte Harbor.

WATERLINE PHOTO BY MATT STEVENS

This pinfish was caught on a sabiki rig in the surf at Stump Pass beach.

Waterline photo by Matt Stevens

A castnet full of threadfin herring can be enough bait for an entire day's worth of fishing.

Waterline photo by Matt Stevens

This threadfin herring was caught in a castnet.

Matt Stevens

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Two of the most efficient ways to catch bait are castnets and sabiki rigs. Each is effective in its own right, but both have their downfalls as well.

The sabiki rig is super-portable, and for the land-based fisherman, that can make all the difference. You can easily story a small army of sabikis in your tackle box, or tuck a couple in the pockets of your shirt if you’re taking a minimalistic approach.

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