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Beginner's Guide To Choosing Fishing Bait

Beginner's Guide To Choosing Fishing Bait

Beginner's Guide To Choosing Fishing Bait

Choosing bait can seem really complicated, but it is actually very simple; your best option is one that best resembles the natural bait of the fish you want to catch. This applies whether you are choosing to use live or artificial bait. Fish will be most attracted to what they usually like to eat. If you can offer this, you’re more than halfway to netting a good catch.

Live or natural bait

One of the major choices you will have to make is if it's better to use natural bait or artificial bait.

Natural, or live, bait is live or previously alive creatures. Good freshwater bait choices included grasshoppers, crickets, crayfish, minnows, leeches, and worms, while the best saltwater baits include pieces of fish, squid, shrimp, crabs, eels, and sea worms. The best choices will always be natural to the area in which you want to fish. This helps to protect the ecosystem in the location by not introducing anything that doesn’t belong there, and it also offers the fish a food choice that they are likely to find most attractive.

You can choose to buy live bait, but it is also possible to find your own to save money. It is worth remembering that live bait only works effectively if you keep it alive or fresh. You will also need to make sure that you cast gently to make sure it stays on your Baitholder Hooks.

Baitholder Hooks

Artificial bait

Many anglers like using artificial bait because it can offer a more exciting experience, If you are using lures such as the Elite Zman Chatterbait, you are in total control and must create the motion. This means that fishing can seem like a more interactive experience. You just need to make sure that you do your research and know how to use the artificial bait that you choose.

Elite Zman Chatterbait

Artificial bait choices include spinners, fly tying kits, such as this Scientific Anglers Deluxe Fly Tying Kit, and flies, spoons, poppers, jigs, and spinners. All of these come in all sorts of different styles, sizes, and colors. Again, pick the choice that will best suit your enjoyment requirements and meet the tastes of the fish you want to catch.

Scientific Anglers Deluxe Fly Tying Kit

Color choices

Choosing the right color of bait can really make the difference between a successful fishing trip and ending the day disappointed, frustrated, and empty-handed. Fish can find colors interesting, and there are certain fish that you will simply never catch using standard, full-colored lures. What works best may require some experimentation and patience, but the general rule is that you should use light-colored bait in clear water and bright colors in muddy conditions. Soft colors and more natural tones are best in clear waters and greenish hues are generally the safest choice if you are just starting out in your search for the best bait for you.

Water temperature

Water temperature is another thing to consider when making your bait choices. The general rule of thumb is to use slower-moving baits in cold water and moving baits like spinnerbait in warmer conditions. There are exceptions to this, but this is a good starting point if you are just starting out on your fishing journey.

Fishing regulations

Whatever bait you decide to use, make sure that it is compliant in the area you are fishing. Local fishing regulations vary, so it is important to do your research before heading off on your fishing trip.


Both natural and artificial baits have their pros and cons, and what you choose will depend on a range of factors, including budget, time, personal preferences, where you want to fish, and what you hope to catch.

In general, natural baits may be a better choice for fishing in muddy waters or if you are catching fish to eat. It is worth remembering, however, that using live bait can result in catches that are deeply hooked, and this means it can be hard to return unwanted fish to the water with a high chance of them surviving the experience.

One of the most important tips for beginners choosing bait is to try to test in order to find out what works best for you, for the fish you want to catch in the area you choose to fish. It is also worth remembering that what works one day may not work as well the next due to changing conditions or fish behavior, for example. Half the fun of fishing is trying to make the best choices based on research but then giving things a try to find what works best in practice.