[February 1, 2004]8 Things NOT To Do with Your BaitYou've heard and read a thousand times what to do with your baits. Cut them at an nth-degree angle, hook them this way, fish them that way. But do you know what not to do? Here are a few things I've learned the hard way.
 Don't soak ballyhoo in formaldehyde. Sure it toughens them, but I've seen too many rejected to ever do it again.
 Don't put leftover live eels in a fish tank. They can slither out, which can be frightening at 3 a.m.
[January 1, 2002]Fly by NightFishermen are always looking for that silver bullet: a bait that will have fish opening wide no matter how tight their previous lockjaw. But such a magic bait just doesn't exist-or does it? Slow-trolled or live-lined flying fish can tempt tunas and billfish almost all the time. But where do you find spunky, live flying fish? They're not a mainstay in most tackle shops. Solution? Get them on your own; all you need are some powerful lights, a long-handled dip net, and a livewell.