If you’ve been fishing for any period of time you must realize that the question posed in the title of this article is all but unanswerable. There is probably no best fishing bait, but rather there are individual anglers favorite bait for fishing. The bottom line is that the best fishing bait is largely up to individual preference. If you’ve had personal success with a certain bait, that bait will be your ‘best fishing bait’.
In this article I’m going to list some of the most popular and effective baits for fishing and some tips on fishing them. You can then draw your own conclusions as to which of these bait’s is the best. Sometimes the bait isn’t the issue as much as the way in which it’s fished. After reading this article you’ll get some valuable tips for fishing your bait in the most effective manner.
Let’s get down to business, shall we?
Live Minnows – One of the most popular and effective fishing baits in the world are live minnows. Crappie and walleye fishermen are very aware of using live minnows as bait. The most popular method for fishing live minnows is to tip jigs with them. Live minnows rigged on a set of gang hooks is also an effective fishing tactic. The downside of fishing with live minnows is carrying them around. Minnow buckets are bulky and inconvenient, especially if you’re not fishing from a boat.
Live Crayfish – Although not very popular, live crayfish are a great fishing bait, especially for smallmouth bass or large trout. Live crayfish are an extremely effective fishing bait. The downside of these little buggers is obviously the fact that they aren’t readily available and they are also difficult to carry around. As far as ‘the best fishing bait’ is concerned, crayfish need to be on the list.
Live Worms – Every angler on the planet knows all about the effectiveness of live worms as fishing bait. Worms and fishing seem to fit together like hands and gloves, it’s hard to think about one without the other. The interesting thing about live worms is that most anglers don’t fish them in the proper manner. The only way to fish worms in a truly effective manner is through the use of gang hooks. You see, gang hooks are the only way to present live worms in an outstretched and natural manner. This makes a huge difference in bite and catch rates.
Synthetic Baits – What do I mean by synthetic baits? Berkley has made incredible breakthroughs in fishing baits with their Gulp and Powerbait products. These fishing baits are molded into every imaginable fishing bait, from minnows to crayfish and every bait in between. Many anglers say that these synthetic baits outperform live baits. At The end of the day, these fishing baits could easily be the best.
Whatever your choice for the best fishing bait, what’s important is that you spend as much time on the water as possible practicing your craft. Nothing will make you a better and more successful angler like practice. At the end of the day, the bait you choose to use can be secondary to the experience of fishing itself.