Perhaps most effective way of live bait fishing is known as kite fishing. Given adequate wind and current, this enables fishermen the ability to deploy upwards of six baits on two or more kites.
The kite acts as an enlarged outrigger keeping baits evenly spaced out off the port and starboard quarters of the stern.
As the boat drifts the kite maintains even distance keeping the baits hanging from the kites at a constant interval. The kite not only keeps the baits spaced evenly but also allows for the most natural presentation of the baits possible by keeping all lines connecting the bait to the rod out of the water and the bait right on the surface.
This makes seeing the bite before it happens very easy and exponentially increases hook-up ratios.
As effective as live bait fishing may be in certain areas of South Florida, Stuart is known as a border town between live bait and dead bait country.
When the fish are spread out over a larger body of water (north of our inlet) and drifting along with a kite or bump trolling with live baits simply does not allow us the opportunity to cover the necessary ground to target the fish effectively we will opt to troll.
Teasers or dredges are hookless apparatuses designed to mimic a school of bait following the boat. Dredges allow us the opportunity to pull 30 + baits per side from either side of the boat in an effort to attract otherwise lazy fish that would not show interest in the singular hook baits.
Seeing a fish come to a teaser is truly a sight to behold