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Beginner's Guide To Choosing Fishing Bait
Using the right bait is vital to give you the best chance of having the fishing experience you want. The wrong choice can leave you empty-handed or disappointed with the whole fishing trip - or both if you’re really unlucky.
It can be hard to decide what the right choice is, however, especially when you consider all the different options available. Fortunately, there are things to think about that can influence what you pack in your Tackle Bag.
The main aim of any type of bait is to attract fish and get them on the end of your line, but what works best will depend on a variety of factors, including your own preferences. While there are well-known pros and cons to different types of bait, it is also important to try out some of the different options for yourself to see what works best for you. You also need to remember that there isn’t one kind of bait that will have the perfect results for all types of fish, settings, and weather conditions. All you can do is study up on some of the pros and cons, consider where and how you are fishing, and give some of these different choices a try.
Appeal to the fish
The most important thing to consider when choosing your bait is that it must appeal to the fish. It won’t matter if you invest in what you think is the best artificial bait or spend hours hunting for what looks like the finest natural bait; if the fish don’t like it, you’ll end your fishing session with empty hands. Sadly, fish are fickle creatures, and even if they do like your bait one day, there’s no guarantee they will want it the next day. That’s why having a couple of different options is always a good idea.
Identify the fish
While you can’t guarantee that any bait will work, identifying the kind of fish you want to catch can help give yourself the best chance of ending the day on a high. Think about things such as whether the fish is a surface feeder or a bottom feeder, whether it has a large or small mouth, how big it is, and what it normally eats. This is because your best bait will mimic the type of prey the fish normally feeds on.
Check out the setting and the weather
The weather has a massive influence on how fish behave, so this is always a consideration. Fish don’t generally eat in really rainy conditions, for example, so it’s probably not worth choosing any bait at these times.
In general, fish will eat nearer to the surface of the water when it's cooler and head downward as temperatures rise. Smaller and top-water baits are generally better when it's cooler, while jigs and worms may be the best option when it’s hot. Larger bait can also be the best choice in windy weather to make sure that you will notice if a fish starts to bite. Remember that fish can also be lethargic in colder weather, so pick slow-moving bait in cool temperatures and go for faster movers in warm conditions.
Artificial and natural baits
One of the major choices you will have to make is whether to use natural or artificial bait. Many anglers think that natural is better as this bait will be most familiar and attractive to the fish, but there are benefits to both options. Natural choices include worms, crayfish, eels, shrimp, crabs, grasshoppers, leeches, minnows, and crickets. If you do choose natural bait, make sure to pick something that is native to the area so you don’t mess up the ecosystem or put off the fish.
Artificial bait, meanwhile, tries to mimic the movement and look of the fish’s natural prey. These are an economical choice and include spoons, lures, jogs, spinners, flies, crankbaits, and poppers. If you decide to put some artificial bait in your Flex Stowaway Box, there are three things to consider:
You should choose bait that looks most like the color of the natural bait of the fish you want to catch. You can go for brighter colors in particularly dirty water.
Shape and size
The shape of your bait should resemble the fish’s bait, and the size will be determined by how big the fish you want to catch is.
It is also important to check out the fishing regulations in your chosen area to make sure you are using legal bait.