everyone love fishing and fishing with live bait
Companies use this saying in their marketing strategy because it gets fishermen’s attention. The more accurate statement would be as follows: this lure will out fish live bait in certain situations. That doesn’t exactly get you excited about a new fishing lure though, does it? Well, if live bait works so well and most fishing lure companies are trying to mimic live bait, let’s talk about the different types of bait that you can use.
For fresh water fishing, some of the best baits are obviously worms and minnows. Nightcrawlers work well for bass, walleye, catfish and many types of panfish. Fathead minnows are smaller minnows and they are great baits for bass, crappie, perch and walleye. Leeches work well for bass, walleye, northern pike, rock bass and other panfish. Some baits that don’t get used enough by many fishermen are chubs. A live chub will catch more big fish than nightcrawlers, leeches and fathead minnows. You might not get as many bites, but a 5 to 6 inch creek chub will catch big bass, walleye, northern pike and even big catfish.
For salt water fishing, shrimp, crabs, sand fleas, squid and a variety of cut baits will work. Shrimp is probably the most popular type of bait among saltwater fishermen. Some other good baits for catching bigger fish are bait fish such as pinfish, ladyfish and sand perch.