Comparison of Bait Types Used by Saltwater Sport-boat Anglers in Texas

Using results from on-site creel interviews, the use and fishing success of 16 bait types for 8 game fishes were studied for bay and pass saltwater sport-boat anglers in Texas. The success of catching at least 1 fish was evaluated using percentage of successful fishing parties by fish species, bay system, and bait type. For all fish species, the use of different baits was not proportional to the success of these baits in catching fish; however, we could not determine whether this was caused by ineffectiveness of the investigated bait or anglers not directing this bait toward the investigated fish. A logistic regression model fitting the effects of bay system and bait type for each fish species adequately described the odds of success for fishing parties.

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