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how to use lures and bait

Author:fishinglures Time:2018-10-26 16:04   
In many ways, fishing with lures is akin to hunting, while bait fishing is more like trapping. In other words, the bait fisher sets out his or her “traps” (baited hooks) and waits for the prey to stumble upon them. In contrast, a lure 
fisher can cover more water in less time. Like a hunter using a rifle or bow, the lure caster or troller actively seeks out the prey, and his or her lures are effectively bullets and arrows.
Clearly, these two subtly different approaches will have varying levels of appeal for different anglers and comparative strengths and weaknesses under changing conditions. There’s no overall “best” method, simply better choices on the day.

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When Using Bait is Best:
At night
When instructing new chums or kids
When the water is muddy or discolored
When it’s very cold (especially while ice fishing!)
When targeting vegetarian and omnivorous species
When catching a meal is absolutely paramount!
When Using Lures is Best
In most catch-and-release fisheries
Where undersized and non-target “nuisance fish” are abundant
In clearer water
In warmer weather
For aggressive, predatory fish
On waters designated “artificial only” or “fly and lure only”
The Best Features of Bait
Bait is extremely effective at fooling most fish.
Bait is usually cheap (free if you catch your own!).
You can cast out a bait, set your rod down, and wait for the fish to come to you!
Leftover bait can be returned to its natural environment or taken home and frozen for future use.
Many fish hook themselves when they eat bait; thus, knowing exactly when to strike is less critical.
Bait appeals to an extraordinary range of fish species in most aquatic environments, and you will nearly always catch something on bait!

The Downfalls of Using Bait
Most bait needs refrigeration or a water-circulating live well to maintain freshness.
Finding and catching bait can be a dirty, difficult, and even potentially hazardous task.
Most bait smells! Your hands, clothes, and gear will also become smelly when you go bait fishing.
Bait is non-discriminatory; it often attracts under-sized fish and non-target species.
Bait fishing is less spontaneous, and it usually requires at least some planning.
Using bait often results in deeply hooked fish that can’t be easily released with a high chance of survival.
The Best Features of Lures
Lures are simply fun to use! Catching a fish on a lure always seems especially satisfying.
Lure fishing is an active, engaging pursuit, and you can cover a lot more water with a lure.
Lures tend to catch slightly larger fish on average and attract less unwanted by-catch.
Lures nearly always hook fish in the jaws, lips, or mouth, facilitating easier, safer catch and release.
Lure collecting can become at least as addictive (and pleasurable) as lure fishing!
The Downfalls of Using Lures
Most good lures are expensive, and some are very expensive!
Many lures are easily snagged on obstacles such as rocks, trees, or strands of water weed.
Lure fishing demands constant motion, such casting and retrieving or trolling from a moving boat.
Many species of fish are much less responsive to lures than they are to bait.
Lure fishing generally demands better-quality tackle and a higher degree of skill than bait fishing.
Lure collecting can become at least as addictive (and expensive) as lure fishing!
And the Winner Is…
In the final analysis, there can be no overall winner in the bait-versus-lures contest. Each approach has its strengths and weaknesses, and each will dominate under certain conditions or on a particular day. Smart (and successful) anglers will strive to be adept at both forms of fishing