One of the most efficient and productive ways of sport angling is to use natural baits, or live bait. Natural baits lure in fish effectively because of their familiar texture, odour, and colour that many sea creatures often mistake as harmless food. These live creatures are relatively simple to present, and are generally more effective when acquired locally, as fish have an acquired taste, too.
Whether it’s the common earthworm, grubs, maggot, grasshoppers, crickets, snails, or minnows, having your bait still moving is important. They are supposed to be live baits, after all.
To help you out, here are some important live bait fishing tips that will improve your chances of reeling in a big one.
Use Light Lines
When the fish you’re trying to catch looks at the bait, you want them to see only the fish, and not your line. The lighter your line is, the less visible it will be for the fish to see. This is particularly helpful when fishing in clear waters, as the fish might not take your bait if it looks different from their normal food.
The Fresher, the Better
Take the time to look for the liveliest bait possible. Fish love moving bait; a lifeless one just floating in the water will simply not get the job done. Choose bait that looks healthy and has plenty of “wiggle.” The more it fights for its life while in the water, the more likely it is to trigger an aggressive strike from a big game fish. Also, if there’s been no action after half an hour or so, replace your bait with a fresh one.
Don’t use hooks that are much too large for the bait and the fish you’re targeting. Just like your line, you don’t want the fish to see your big hooks when they’re going for the worm or whatever it is on the end of your line. Of course, a portion of the hook will be visible, so you’re better off going with small ones to make it less obvious. The point here is to conceal your hook and make the live bait as natural-looking as possible.
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