Fishing 101: Common types of bait

There’s a lot to be learned about fishing so you can catch more fish. It’s fun, therapeutic, and rewarding. Bait is placed at the end of each hook and depending on your experience level, you’ll find that the kind of fish you catch may depend on the type of bait you use.

Regardless of whether you prefer manually placing some baits or using a bait caster, you will need to know the right baits to attract the fish. Since fishes vary from one another, you must take into consideration that they have different preferences too. 

Here at Fishing Knots, we want to engage you better in fishing activities. This includes helping you learn more about the right kinds of bait to be used. If you are clueless about them, here are some of the most common bait types you should keep in mind. 

Live baits 

This bait type can only be used once since they are very difficult to have. The advantage of using this is their appeal to the fishes since they are real prey that can be eaten. It’s more effective if you can latch them tightly as it guarantees that you can deep hook some fish. 

Using this can be more challenging. They are cheaper compared to artificial baits but they require visiting bait shops more often. They can often be messier and smellier. They are also heavier to carry since most live baits require special storage considerations like refrigeration. Here are some of the most popular live baits.

  • Worms 
  • Leeches
  • Minnows 

Artificial baits 

Artificial baits are not messy to use and they can be a little more expensive than live baits since they are reusable. Many people prefer using this since they are easier to store and they are easier to use. Here are some of the most popular artificial baits. 

  • Jigs 

Jigs are characterized by a weighted side on one side such as a feather skirt or a plastic grub. The other side of it is a hook. This is ideal for bottom feeders since they sink easily. 

  • Spinners 

Spinners are lead heads that are moulded on hooks to hold up to four blades. This usually attacks predatory fish. 

  • Spoons

Spoons are curved, concave metal lures. These are literally spoons that had their handles cut off. The advantage of using this is that they shine and wobble when underwater, resembling an injured baitfish. 

  • Flies 

Usually used in fly fishing, these are lures that have a single hook and a skirt that uses furs, feathers, or thread that resemble insects or prey. This is effectively used in areas where fishes approach the water surface. 

  • Plugs 

Also called crankbaits, these lures vary in shape and colour, resembling baitfish. These are usually made of plastic and a thin metal sheet attached to the front called the lip. 

  • Plastic baits 

This lure type is cheap and effective in imitating real-life prey. They usually have a weighted hook inside the lure while having only the hook part exposed. 

These are just some of the baits that we often tell our Fishing Knots customers. By knowing more about these, we hope that you can catch a lot of fish the next time you use any of these baits!  

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