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Fishing Bait

Every angler has a favorite natural bait or lure to catch fish.

Fishing bait is any substance used to attract and catch fish on the end of a fishing hook. Traditionally a common prey species of the fish.

 The number of Fishing Baits in the market today is overwhelming. 

The first step is to decide what you are fishing for. Which of the various techniques a fisher may choose is dictated mainly by the target species and by its habitat.
 Different fish will bite on different baits, just as some bait will work best in fresh water while some work best in salt water. Try as many baits or lures as it takes to get the fish to hit!

 It's important you have a general idea of what you're fishing for. 

However, if you are a beginner or you simply could care less about what species of fish you catch as long as you don't go home empty handed on your first trip out, there is but one universal known best bait for fishing.
The night crawler.

There are other baits you may want to consider for your fist trip, but worms are probably your best bet for your first trip out. They offer the beginner fisherman the best chance at landing a fish, it may not be the largest fish but it will be the easier way to get yourself "hooked on fishing".

We'll discuss Night Crawlers on our next page, but if your anxious to read about them now, you can click here.

Bait can be separated into two main categories: 
artificial baits and natural baits.

Artificial Bait

Artificial or imitation fish bait is considered as Lures. Lures are the name given to spinners, jigs, poppers, flies, and spoons. When used, these are seen by fish as a natural food such as a minnow, mayfly, worm, smaller fish, etc.
Many people prefer to fish solely with lures, which are artificial baits designed to entice fish to strike. A man-made lure that may or may not represent prey. The lure may require a specialized presentation to impart an enticing action as, for example, in fly fishing.

Fishermen have also begun using plastic bait and, more recently, electronic lures, to attract fish.

Visit Our Fishing Lures Page to find out more.

Natural Bait
Live Bait

Studies show that natural baits like worms and insects are more recognized by fish and are more readily accepted.

Live bait simulates food items that fish normally eat. Bait that is alive and moving after you hook it will catch more fish. Some bait is available year-round and some is seasonal.

The natural bait angler, with a few exceptions, will use a common prey species of the fish as an attractant. The natural bait used may be alive or dead. Common natural baits include worms, leeches, minnows, frogs, salamanders, and insects.
Natural baits are effective due to the lifelike texture, odor and color of the bait presented. Cheese has been known to be a very successful bait due to its strong smell and light colors.

 The common earthworm is a universal bait for fresh water angling. Grubs and maggots are also excellent bait when trout fishing. Grasshoppers, bees and even ants are also used as bait for trout in their season, although many anglers believe that trout or salmon and many other fresh water fish roe is superior to any other bait. In lakes in southern climates such as Florida, USA, fish such as bream will take bread bait. Bread bait is a small amount of bread, often moistened by saliva, balled up to a small size that is bite size to small fish.

Before taking or using any bait in any waters, check your local, state or federal regulation agencies to make sure that it is legal and that you conform to all harvesting requirements.

The capture, transportation and culture of bait fish can spread damaging organisms between ecosystems, endangering them. In 2007, several American states, including Michigan, enacted regulations designed to slow the spread of fish diseases, including viral hemorrhagic septicemia, by bait fish. Because of the risk of transmitting Myxobolus cerebralis (whirling disease), trout and salmon should not be used as bait.

Anglers may increase the possibility of contamination by emptying bait buckets into fishing venues and collecting or using bait improperly. The transportation of fish from one location to another can break the law and cause the introduction of fish alien to the ecosystem.

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It is important that people who fish follow all fishing rules and regulations.
These rules help conserve fish populations and also help anglers be successful.
Regulations may limit the size of, number of, and season that a type of fish may be caught, and may require a license to fish. In some cases, only “catch and release” fishing is allowed, which means the fish must be let go. Some bait is illegal in certain areas.
Contact your state wildlife agency by visiting Our Rules and Regulations Page.

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