One of the Best Live Baits: The New Black Salty Keith 'Catfish' Sutton, WorldFishingNetwork.com
When fishing inshore saltwater, the Black Salty is deadly on speckled trout, redfish, flounder, black drum, Spanish mackerel and many sharks. Black Saltys also account for all popular surface species, including king mackerel, cobia, dorado and bonito, along with red snapper, grouper, amberjack, tuna, tarpon and wahoo. In freshwater, the Black Salty has proven extremely effective for striped bass, hybrid stripers, largemouths and catfish.“That,” says Anderson Farms owner Neal Anderson, “is just what we’ve managed to determine so far in our field-testing efforts. It’s safe to say if it eats fish, it’ll eat a Black Salty.”
Brad Wiegmann, a fishing guide on Arkansas’ Beaver Lake, started using Black Saltys in 2005.
“I’ve used Black Saltys to catch every type of bass swimming in Beaver Lake, including largemouths, smallmouths, spotted bass, stripers, hybrid stripers and white bass,” Wiegmann says. “I rig them like shiners or shad, hooking them through the lower jaw and out through a nostril. You can fish them on a free line or balloon line, drag them behind planer boards or down-line them. They’re great summer baits because they stay alive in the hottest temperatures and live even when dropped into cool, deep water. Black Saltys work great in winter, too, even when the water temperature falls below 50 degrees.
Great In Saltwater, Too
Saltwater fishing expert Larry Bozka of Seabrook, Texas, has used Black Saltys to catch the full gamut of saltwater species. “From a standpoint of conservation (relieving pressure on locally harvested bait species) to plain-out fish-catching ability, I have been thrilled with the results,” he says. “There are no ‘magic bullets’ when fish are not feeding or conditions are very poor. That said, and based on experience, I will put the Black Salty up against any traditional live bait on the market in fresh or salt water with all due confidence.”
Black Saltys are available in two sizes. The inshore-size baitfish are 2-1/2 to 3 inches long, with approximately 30 fish to a pound. Offshore Black Saltys measure 4 to 4-1/2 inches, with roughly 15 fish per pound.