Sea fishing is a lot of fun; it's even more rewarding catching fish on freshly caught bait. To this end, using a bait pump is a great help if you fish coastal or estuary environments. So what is a bait pump and how do you use it?
A bait pump is a metal tube with a handle on one side and a pump mechanism that is not dissimilar to a bicycle pump. Pumps tend to be about 600 - 800 mm long and about 50 mm in diameter. They can last forever without much maintenance.
|Pumping for Lugworm
|Fisheagle Bait Pump
Place your palm over the end of the pump and pull the handle to gauge the best setting for maximum suction and ease of operation.
|Heavy Duty Handles
|Shakespeare Alvey Bait Pump
Pump slowly and methodically, and alter the angle and distance from the cast if you are missing worms. Sometimes wind direction and air pressure make the worms sit at odd angles, while water, sun or frost on the sand may force them deeper. Pumping is a bit like casting. It’s not easy, and it takes practice.
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