Fishing bait is something you use to attract and catch fish. It can be a real dead animal, like worms or shrimp, or it can be an artificial lure that looks like a real thing. The main purpose of fishing bait is to stimulate the prey’s senses — their sight, smell, and taste — so they’ll go for it. Then, hopefully, the fish will get hooked.
What are the types of fishing bait?
There are many types of fishing bait, including artificial lures which come in all sorts of different shapes, sizes, and colors. Fishing with live bait is popular amongst anglers who prefer natural-looking presentations. Some common examples are nightcrawlers, shrimp, crayfish, or minnows.
What species of fish can you catch with fishing bait?
Some species of fish are more likely to bite on certain types of bait, but most fish will eat almost any type.
If you are fishing for a specific species of fish, find out what they’re feeding on and use that.
What is the best way to prepare fishing bait?
The best and most common practice is to cut the live bait into pieces that will fit onto a fish hook. For artificial lures, it’s usually best to buy them ready-made. However, if you’re using lures for ice fishing, it might be necessary to make your own.
What’s the difference between fishing bait and casting bait?
Fishing bait is something you use when you’re actually fishing, like minnows or worms. Casting bait is food that you take out into the woods with you when you go hunting. Usually, it’s packed in a bag, not on a hook.
Shrimp, for example, are great catch-and-release fishing bait. To keep shrimp fresh during long storage periods, freeze them immediately and use frozen shrimp as needed (see How to Freeze Shrimp). They can be thawed and used later on when they’re no longer frozen.
Both live and artificial baits are available frozen. If you buy a small quantity of bait, this is a better option than buying it fresh and freezing it yourself.
What are the benefits of fishing bait?
There are many benefits to fishing with bait.
– It’s usually more effective than artificial lures. Most fish feed naturally on worms, minnows, and shrimp. They can smell them easily. However, some fish are piscivorous (fish eaters), so they will be attracted by the scent of blood or flesh in your bait.
– Fishing bait is usually less expensive than artificial lures. You can catch a lot of fish with live bait before having to replace it, so your costs will be much lower as opposed to using only artificial baits.
Disadvantages of fishing bait:
– You have to catch the bait yourself. This can be a time-consuming process and you may not always be successful.
– Fish don’t see as clearly as humans, so lures that look alive from a distance might not fool them up close.
– Some baits attract fish too well or for too long, leading to overfishing.