Recommended Hookup Baits by Species

These are most popular in size and color but definitely not the only ones that work for each species.

Species Recom. BaitPurchase
Albacore5/8 oz. ChovyBuy Now
Barracuda5/8 oz., 1 oz. Bullet - Red Crab, Shad White or MintBuy Now
Bass - Calico5/8 oz. & 1 oz. Chovy or Red CrabBuy Now
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Bass - Large Mouth1/16 oz. & 1/8 oz. Shad White, Chovy or SardineBuy Now
Bass - Sand1 oz. Glow Green or Red CrabBuy Now
Bass - Small Mouth1/16 oz. or 1/8 oz., Brown Gold or Sardine GreenBuy Now
Bass - Spotted Bay1/4 oz. & 3/8 oz. Glow Gree, Chovy or MintBuy Now
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Bass - Striped1/4 oz. & 3/8 oz. Shad White or Sardine GreenBuy Now
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Black Seabass3 oz. & 4 oz Shad White, Chovy or Sardine GreenBuy Now
Blue Gill1/32 oz. Sardine Green or Brown GoldBuy Now
Bonefish1/8 oz. Brown Gold or Orange GoldBuy Now
Bonita5/8 oz., 1 oz. Bullet Chovy or Shad WhiteBuy Now
Carp1/32 oz. Black Gold or Brown GoldBuy Now
Catfish1/16 oz. Shad White or Yellow WhiteBuy Now
Corvina1/4 oz. & 3/8 oz. Chovy or Sardine GreenBuy Now
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Crappie1/32 oz. & 1/16 oz. Shad White or Sardine GreenBuy Now
Dorado / Dolphin5/8 oz., 1 oz. Bullet Chovy, Pink Silver, or MintBuy Now
Flounder1/4 oz. Shad White or Glow GreenBuy Now
Gar1/8 oz. & 1/4 oz. Sardine Green or Shad WhiteBuy Now
Halibut5/8 oz. & 1.5 oz. Black Gold, Glow Green or Shad WhiteBuy Now
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Jack Cravalle3/8 oz. & 1 oz. Bullet Shad White, Sardine Green, or MintBuy Now
King Salmon5/8 oz., 1 oz. Bullet Chovy, Shad White, or Orange GoldBuy Now
Lady Fish3/8 oz., 1 oz. Bullet Shad White or Pink SilverBuy Now
Lingcod1.5 oz & 4 oz. Shad White, Brown Gold or Orange GoldBuy Now
Mackerel1/4 oz. Chovy or Shad WhiteBuy Now
Pacific Halibut3 oz. & 4 oz. Shad White or Sardine GreenBuy Now
Pampono 5/8 oz. & 1 oz. Bullet Chovy or Shad WhiteBuy Now
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Pargo5/8 oz., 1 oz. Bullet Sardine Green or Glow GreenBuy Now
Permit3/8 oz. Brown Gold or Orange GoldBuy Now
Pike1/8 oz. & 3/8 oz. Sardine Green or Glow GreenBuy Now
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Redfish1/4 oz., 3/8 oz. & 1 oz. Bullet Glow Green or Orange GoldBuy Now
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Rockcod1.5 oz. Double Rig Red Crab or MintBuy Now
Rooster Fish1 oz. & 1.5 oz. Standard & Bullet Chovy or PinkBuy Now
Sacramento Perch1/32 oz. Black Gold or Brown GoldBuy Now
Salmon1/4 oz., 3/8 oz., 5/8 oz. & 1 oz. Shad White, Sardine Green, Pink Silver or Orange GoldBuy Now
Sculpin5/8 oz. or 1 oz. Glow Green or Shad WhiteBuy Now
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Shark - Blacktip1 oz. Shad White or Sardine GreenBuy Now
Shark - Soupfin1 oz. & 1.5 oz. Red Crab or Orange GoldBuy Now
Shark - Spinner1 oz. Shad White or Sardine GreenBuy Now
Sheepshead 5/8 oz., 1 oz. Bullet Red Crab or ChovyBuy Now
Sierra5/8 oz., 1 oz. Bullet Shad White or ChovyBuy Now
Snapper5/8 oz. & 1 oz. Red Crab or Shad WhiteBuy Now
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Snook3/8 oz. Shad White or Sardine GreenBuy Now
Steelhead1/4 oz., 3/8 oz., 5/8 oz. & 1 oz. Shad White, Sardine Green, Pink Silver or Orange GoldBuy Now
Tarpoon3/8 oz. & 1 oz. Bullet Shad White or Brown GoldBuy Now
Trout - Brook1/32 oz. Chovy or Brown GoldBuy Now
Trout - Brown1/16 oz. Brown Gold or Black GoldBuy Now
Trout - Cutthroat1/16 oz. Chovy or Black GoldBuy Now
Trout - Lighting1/32 oz. Brown Gold or Yellow WhiteBuy Now
Trout - Rainbow1/32 oz. Black Gold or Pink SilverBuy Now
Tuna1 oz. & 1.5 oz. Bullet Chovy, Sardine Green, or PurpleBuy Now
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Whitefish1.5 oz. Shad White or Sardine GreenBuy Now
White Sea Bass1 oz. & 1.5 oz. Standard & Bullet Black Gold, Red Crab, Sardine or MintBuy Now
Yellow Eye Rockfish3 oz. & 4 oz. Orange Gold or Brown GoldBuy Now
Yellowtail1 oz. & 1.5 oz Bullet Chovy, Red Crab, Mint, or PurpleBuy Now
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Recommended Equipment

There are many combinations of equipment to use, but these are Chad’s favorites.

Line type and knots for Hookup Baits

Please see our instructional videos on how to to tie the FG Knot, gear, and techniques for fishing and using Hookup Baits products.

Trout Fishing

  • 7′-6″ 2-8 lb rated rod
  • 1000 size spinning reel (Shimano)
  • 4 lbs nanofil braided fishing line (Power Pro Superslick)
  • 4 lbs fluorocarbon leader (Berkley 100% Golden Label)
  • Mermaids Milk Garlic Scent

Bay Fishing

  • 8′ 8-17 lbs rated rod
  • 3000 size spinning reel (Shimano)
  • Power Pro Superslick 8-20 lb braided line
  • 8-20 lbs fluorocarbon leader
  • Mermaids Milk Fin Bait & Crustacean Scent

Inshore Fishing

  • 8′ 17-30 lbs rated rod
  • 5000 or 6000 size spinning reel (Shimano)
  • 30-50 lbs braided fishing line (Power Pro Superslick)
  • 25 lbs fluorocarbon leader
  • Mermaids Milk Fin Bait & Crustacean Scent

Big Inshore, Offshore and Rock Fishing

  • 8′ 25-50 lbs rated rod
  • 8000 size spinning reel (Shimano)
  • 50 or 65 lbs braided fishing line (Power Pro Superslick)
  • 40 lbs fluorocarbon leader
  • Mermaids Milk Fin Bait & Crustacean Scent

Training Videos

We have a wide range of training videos on our website.

Training Videos

Where to Buy

You can buy all of our baits (and other goodies) right here online, or you can find a local retailer (hopefully near you)

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