By Christeen Savinovich ,

Live bait is one of the best ways to catch larger fish, but before you switch over to this form of luring, there are a few things you should know about fishing with them. Larger fish are used to eating the live creatures they encounter in their natural habitat, and so they will be more attracted and convinced by your lure if it is a living, breathing organism. While live bait can work wonders, it is important to be realistic about it and keep a few things in mind about the benefits and drawbacks.

 



Which Bait for Which Fish?

The first thing you want to do is make sure you are using the appropriate bait. Saltwater fishing requires saltwater bait like seaworms, eels, crabs, shrimp, and squid. Fresh water fishing works best with worms, leeches, minnows, crickets, and grasshoppers. This distinction is important because salt and freshwater fish will be more familiar with their respective bait, and your bait will live longer in the correct environment. You should also do some research about the particular fish you are going after, because each individual species is likely to have a preferred type of bait.

Pay Attention!

Bass and other fish are more likely to swallow hooks when you are using live bait. What does this mean? Say goodbye to your bait, your hook, or both if you’re not paying attention to the fishing rod. Live bait isn’t as stiff as artificial lures, and makes it a lot easier for larger fish to nibble pieces off without drawing much attention. If hooked improperly, the chances of fish using you for a free meal can greatly increase.

When hooking the bait, make sure you weave the hook through the body to keep it securely fastened. After this, pay close attention to the rod so that you will be privy to any small movements that indicate a catch. In addition, you may want to consider using a fishing bite alarm to put the odds in your favor. A fishing bait alarm is attached to the rod and will detect the smallest movements on the fishing line, alerting you when your bait gets tugged.

Live Bait is Perishable

Although this is the most obvious point, it is important to realize that live bait can have a short shelf life. If you choose to use grasshoppers, worms, mealworms, or smaller types of fish, the biggest challenge is to actually keep them alive long enough to use. Bait is the most appealing to the fish you are trying to catch when it is alive. In addition, you won’t have to imitate realistic movements with the bait if it is still living. Grasshoppers and mealworms should be kept in cool containers with a steady flow of air to keep them breathing. Small fish need to be kept in cool salt or fresh water, depending on what the specific fish requires.

Since the live bait will need to be replenished, the price of using it will begin to add up if you’re an avid fisher. The best deals can be found online if you’d like to save money by purchasing in bulk. Keep in mind, however, that this bait will need to be kept frozen and thawed before using it.

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