Choosing what’s right
Food For the Fish
Catching fish is not as easy as one might think. If you say that just all you need to do is stick some bait in the hook and wait until the fish bites, you are only half right. There are various kinds of bait which you can use, and all of them are applicable for different kinds of situations. This article discusses some of the different kinds of bait you can use.
Who has not enjoyed a lazy day fishing on a bank of a stream or river bank. Its always a treat when you cast your line and you notice a nudge on the line. You are so close! The moment you descend down a hill and sit by the stream in a bid to enjoy your evening; FISHING. With rod, reel and tackle box in hand, you set out to spend your leisure time casting your pole. Then you lower the rod, and there comes a nudge; YES, the fish liked the bait and has caught the hook.
Bait is indeed, the most important part of fishing. Fish will get attracted to your rod only if the bait is attractive. So, which bait do you think is ideal to catch fish easily; the European night crawlers, leeches, worms or artificial bait? Should the bait be dead or alive? Is real bait better than artificial?
Catching Fish Right
The “right” bait for fishing depends on various factors like the fish you intend to capture, the abundance of certain baits in your area and the local laws which define the kind of bait suitable for the water in your area.
Certain types of bait work better for specific species of fish. For instance: Maggots, grubs and worms are best for the Bluegill, while European night crawlers, insects and leaf worms are best for the Bullhead.
Consider all these factors before you set out for your fishing trip. You could use, live, prepared or artificial bait.
Kind of Bait
Live Bait: As the name suggests, this bait is live. These include crickets, worms, night crawlers, insect larvae and more. You can easily acquire it from fish bait or tackle store. Some people like to acquire it themselves. They set out at night with a flashlight to stock their tackle box with “live bait”. Earthworms, leeches etc are easily available in the mud or in compost bins. It is inexpensive and easily available. Nothing is better than live bait. Fish get attracted to the wriggling, moving bait. When worms are put in water, they wriggle aggressively before they succumb. The only challenge is that that you need to collect the bait just before your fishing trip and also ensure that the bait is alive till it enters the water.
Prepared Bait: Unlike live bait, this bait is prepared in advance. Prepared bait could be kernel corn, bread balls, cereal balls, baked potato pieces, salmon eggs and more. Fish are attracted to bait based on their smell and movement. Prepared bait creates an enticing smell for the fish.
Artificial Bait: These are also known as “lures”; created to lure fish. They are manmade and commonly include plastic worms, spoons, streamers and the like. The only thing you need to take care is that unlike live bait it will not move by itself. You need to keep shaking your fishing rod to create movement to attract fish. The best part about artificial bait is that it can be created depending on the fish you intend to catch. You can use bass lures to catch bass and trout lures to catch trout.
You can choose any of this bait. However, the best way to understand which bait is perfect is to try. Stock your tackle box with different types of bait and see which works best.