Pier Fishing: The EASIEST Way to Catch Big Fish from the Pier


*Erin gasps*


Alright, guys, so I want to give you a really brief,

quick tutorial on how to set this, um,

set this rig up

and get the live bait out

and running.

This is one of the easiest ways you can

start targeting bigger fish:

(1.) you catch little, small baits, like we did earlier,

(2.) you get a hook,

(3.) you get a sinker,

(4.) you put the little bait on the hook,

(5.) you cast it out.

So let me show you the rig, real quick.

Follow me.

[Erin:] Follooow me.

Can you-- can you watch that, Dad?

I'm going to show you guys how to tie this rig really quick,

I'm going to put a live bait on and catch a fish

and just show you a good example of how to use live bait.

So, first, I have 30 lb. flourocarbon line,

and I'm going to tie my rig.

What you're going to want to do

is take one end, make a loop right here,


Make a loop...

Then, make another loop.

Spin it once,


three times,

four times,

then, you see this little tag end right here?

Bring that in through this loop.

Okay? And pull.

So now, once you have this loop,

You can--this is the loop that I use for a sinker.

Now, depending on how fast the water is moving,

that's how heavy your weight should be,

so, if the water's moving really, really fast,

you need a weight that will stay in the ground.

So, I would use something like, a 3-4 oz.,

but, if the water is not moving very fast at all,

I'll use a 1-2 oz.

just to keep the fish on the bottom

and keep it in the same spot.

So now, what you're going to wanna do

is; you take this loop,

put this loop inside the hole,

and put the sinker back through the loop,

and now the sinker is secure.

[Erin:] There we go.


Now for the hook.

Depending on how big the baitfish is,

if you've got little minnows this big,

this hook will be way too big.

I'm using a 4/o size fishing hook

because this fits my bait really well, and the kind of

fish that are around here,

so I'm going to put this on,

and the knot that I like to use for these...

I'm going to show you real quick,

you put it through once,

put it through twice,

and you see this loop right here?

[Erin] Yes.

Keep this loop

on the shaft of this, like this:

and pinch.


[Erin] Hold on.


[Erin] Okay.

with that, you see this tag end?

[Erin] Yes.

Wrap once,


three times,

four times,

five times, and if you really think the fish are going to be big,

six times. [Erin] Ooh.

After that,

you see thig tag end? [Mhmm.]

Put that tag end through this loop...

and pull...

Don't let go of these two fingers, keep pinching them.

Pull, and then start

getting the knot in.

So, a lot of times you can mess up from this point on,

so what I like to do is hold it with my teeth,

keep tension,


and then slide this knot down.

See? [Alright, I saw that.]

And look how nicely these-- the line is stacked on here.


This is a good knot.

So, now

you've got a rig

where the fish can swim freely around here,

and the fish can't/won't be able to pull

the two oz. sinker--unless it's a bigger fish,

but the fish that I'm using will not be able to pull the lil' 2 oz. sinker much.

It'll only be able to travel around a radius like this.

So now, when a fish is chasing

or a fish is looking to eat this,

this fish will start freaking out, this bait fish will start swimming all over the place, and you'll see your rod,

you'll see your line start jumping a little bit,

and that's when you know that the fish is anxious,

the fish is anxious because it's about to get eatten.

So make sure you are alert

and ready to pick up the rod


So, I don't know what rig this is called,

there are so many different rigs I like to use,

this is just one of them,

it may not be best for you, but it works well for me.

Comment some rigs you like to use, below, for live lining

um, I'm always down to learn a new rig.

The more the merrier.

So keep the comments coming.

Now let's get to some fishing!

Alright, when you're choosing your bait,

it's kind of like a... a balancing game.


If you choose a big ol' piece of--if you pick

a big piece of bait,

versus a tiny piece of bait,

the tiny one is more likely to get hit,

and eatten, and you're more likely to catch a fish with that,

um, the bigger one,

from my experience,

will get hit less

but a bigger fish will hit it,

so it's a matter of quality over quantity.

You pick.

For me,

today, we're just going to use a small one so we can catch one

real quick and show you how we do it,

um, but for you...

Do whatever you want!

If you want to catch big fish,

expect to wait around a little bit longer, then, if you use a bigger bait.

And now, there're a lot of different ways you can hook it.


Let me show you.

[Woah, that was a nice catch.] Whoop.



You can hook it on the shoulder, here,

between the nose,

in the eye,

um, right above the tail, right here,

I, personally, like to put it

right on the shoulder...

and don't hook too much of it,

just enough to keep it on the hook.

You don't want to kill the fish.


--And live-lining is

um, yeah, it is one of the easiest ways, and one of the most

uh, efficient ways to catch big fish,

and it's been--I mean, it's been done for--I don't know, like,

a very long time,

it's not a new tactic, whatsoever, [No.]

this is like the classic way to do it.

[Using a small fish to catch a big fish.]

Exactly. [Pretty old school.]

[Cast it out.]

Yup. [Any tips for casting this so that you don't--]

Casting it, [lose the fish?]

don't cast it as hard as you can,

make sure that you're not going to kill the fish, or

fling it off,

kind of loft it,

gently. [Loft.]

[Ooh, what a gentle loft.]

And now, you don't even have to cast it,

a lot of times, on piers,

um, big fish hang around the structure,

the light lines, stuff like that.

But, uh, right now we're just going to keep casting it out,

we're getting a lot of tugs.

If you're going to set your rod down,

make sure you set the drag,

so that when you pull

there's not tension,

you don't want--you don't want a big fish to come up,

take your bait,

and run your rod into the water,

um, this will prevent that,

and it'll also prevent it from

the fish feeling tension

and then dropping the fish in its mouth.

So set the drag,

set it down,

and watch your line,

because, sometimes the fish are smart,

they'll hit the bait and run towards you,

and you won't even hear any kind of drag going off.

It's important to watch your line to see

the line moving,

if it starts moving toward you really quick,

you know, that's not the bait fish,

that's probably a big fish with the bait fish in its mouth.

To anybody who needs help,

I have created a PDF,

and this Adventure Guide will basically

teach you, step by step,

how to catch a fish on the pier,

and if you want to read through it yourself,

it's in the link in the description, below.

Ohh, that was a pull.


[Ho ho!]

Whoo! [Whoo!]



Urghh, what the--?

[What is that?] What the--?

This is one of those sail catfish,

[What is that?]

Look at--ohhh. [Woah, be careful, be careful.]

These are dangerous...

Don't get pricked by one of these,

I'm going to wait for it to calm down, and show you what this thing looks like.

[Oh my goodness.]

Okay, calm yourself, boi. [Okay.]

Get me a rag, please? [Sure.]

[Brendon's Dad:] There's one right next to you, right there.

[Alright, nice, that's a--that's a good...]

[Look at how that fish is in it's mouth.]

Look at that!

Ho! Ha haha!

[Did it get hooked?]

Yeah, we got him.

Ah ha ha!


Yeah, I hooked him.

Right on the bottom of the lip.

[That is the weirdest looking catfish I've ever seen...] Do--look at this catfish!

[It has such long whiskers.]

[White whiskers, too.]

[Woah, yeah.] Look at that.

Alright, bye, bye, bye, bye.


[Wow, that's a lot of slime.]

So, I've--I've heard from, um,

a couple of people, now, that

the river here

has some kind of disease, where it's like, on the fish,

do you remember hearing about that, Erin? [Yeah, yeah. Yeah.]

Yeah, so basically,

be careful when you're fishing with, uh

in this part of the--

the river,

because if you have open wounds and stuff, they'll get infected really easily,

because the fish in here have this

disease on its skin, something like that,

if you guys know any more information about that,

comment below,

we're in the Melbourne (FL) area.

Alright, so that catfish that we just caught,

now, it didn't even run me out,

it didn't set my drag off,

it didn't do anything,

what I really had to do was watch the line,

because all of a sudden the line started moving toward me

it went, "Zzz! Zzz! Zzz!"

and then it just went slack,

I was like, "What the--?"

"Is the fish gone?"

So I reeled in that slack and I-I gave it a feel

and I felt something still on it,

and I thought, "maybe it was just the bait fish,"

and it started running--

and then that line started getting really slack, even more slack,

and I realized that that, "That's a fish on there!"

so I reeled it, reeled it, reeled it,

set the hook,

and it was!

So, moral of the story is:

you need to watch your lines,

beause sometimes

it's not a big tug, it's not a really big, noticable hit,

but there's a fish on the line. [Mmm.]


[Good tip.]


I'm just showing you my way of catching big fish on piers,

on--just in general,

now, game fishing is very hard,

landing a trophy fish is -is a skill on it's own,

this is a really good way just to start getting used to using live bait.

Now, we might not even catch any kind of big game fish or anything worth, you know,

you know, writing home about,

although it is very possible that we will,

but, you know, with bait

it's a big mystery,

that's my favorite part about using live bait, and just baits in general,

uh, as opposed to lures, it's a really big mystery for me.

So, we caught a small gaff-- I think it's called a gaff-tail catfish,

or a sail fish,

--a sail catfish-- something like that,

comment below what you think it was,

I think that was a really interesting, exotic-looking fish,

but a lot of people here, in Florida,

think they're a big nuisance, and they get annoyed by catching them,

I hope that this little example will help you

really get into live lining fish,

or, uh, *drag clicking*

Ooh, ooh!


Here, Er.

Take it, take it, take it!

Quick, quick, quick!

Reel! Reel, reel, reel, reel, reel, reel,!


[Go girl!] Ha, ha.

She got one! Ooh! Ooh! Ooh!

Oooh, you can do it. [Singing] I don't want to lose iiiit.

Don't lose it, don't lose it.

Set the drag.

So it doesn't snap you off. Yeah, yeah, good idea.

Oh! Oh, oh, oh, oh! Ooh it's running, it's taking you for a ride.

[It's a grouper!]

Ha, ha, ha.

It's a grouper?

Yeah, right.

Don't get people's hopes up, oh!

Woah! Oh, oh, oh! Whoo!

Woah, it's taking you for a run!

It does not want to come up yet.

Let me see you!

I can't see it.

Oh! Oh, oh! There it is!

Oh, woah!

How do I get this up?

How do I get this up?

That thing is huge!

Oh, my god!


It's tired, it's tired. Okay.

Oh, gosh! Oh, gosh! Oh, gosh! Okay. Hand the rod over to me.

You take that, and I'll take this.

Stay right there, ready?

So now, if you're on a pier,

and you need to land a big fish,

[uh huh]

do not just lift it this way, [Brendon]


What you want to do

is straighten your rod so it's straight up, like this. Okay? [Oh, okay.]

Then, start picking it straight up.

Oh, my god.

*Erin gasps*

[That's a big one.] [Wow.]


[That's a big one.] That's a big sail!

[Wow.] Nice one!


Hold on to this rod.

Look at all the whiskers on it.

[Look at all the slime on the line.]

You need to really be careful with these kind of catfish,

they've got, they've got

one: the skin

is like, really slippery

so when you grab it, it might slip,

two: if you slip,

do you see these barbs right here?

You see these?

These are really sharp, and if it gets stuck in you,

it'll be really painful.


[The venom.]

--And they've got

and they've got venom in there,


you need to be careful, because if you get stabbed by this,

it goes in,

but it's really hard to come out.

[Wow.] Look at these whiskers.

He got the Mr. Miyagi whiskers.

[Ha, ha! Ha!] Look at that.

What's going on, Mr. Miyagi?

I'm going to get some pliers, real quick. [Let's get him back in the water.]

[ Yeah. ]

So now, get a ra--Ooh!

It's slippery, I almost hurt my knee. [Please, be careful.]

Get a rag,

put it over top of it,

[Grip it behind those fins, right?] Grip it behind the fins.



[Nice, Brendon.]


See ya, dude.


[Ha ha ha ha!] [That is awesome.]

[Oh, gosh, look at all that slime!] You guys need to be very careful here.

[Is it slippery?]

[That's kind of cool, he was talking and then all of a sudden-] [Yeah.]

[The fish is here.]

Look at my rig. [Yeah, can we see it?] [Ew!]



So we weren't able to catch any kind of game fish,

uh, only able to land some big, cool catfish,

um, but I hope that you guys will watch this tutorial

and if any beginners are watching,

I really hope that it helps you guys start getting in to live lining fish,

and I hope that I can get you on a big fish!

and if it does help you, come back and tell me it helped you,

because I'll keep making videos to help you.

[Yes. Good luck!]

Good luck, guys.

[Thank you for watching.] Have a good one.

[See you next week.]