Picking bait for fishing out in the open ocean is not too much different than picking bait for fishing on inland freshwater streams. You need to first find out the most you can about your fish, what it eats, when, and where. Armed with this information, you can stalk your fish and present them with bait that they are used to and will see as a very appealing meal. Also keep in mind the size of fish you are trying to catch. If you want to catch large fish, you need to put larger bait or lures on the end of your line.

Depending on the type of fishing you are doing, live bait will generally work best. This is because nothing really mimics live bait quite as well as the live bait itself! However, lures also work very well and out perform live bait in some situations. One of these instances is in trolling. When you’re trolling the motion of the boat will cause your lure to spin and move in a unique way that will intrigue many fish. While live bait will also work for trolling as well, it is most times not nearly as effective as lures designed specifically for trolling.

Sea Fishing Bait

If you are getting ready to go deep-sea fishing, there are a few things you might want to know about sea fishing bait. Depending on how adventurous you are, you may want to go shark fishing with gut buckets full of chum and fish guts as your bait, or you might want to use boxed, frozen shrimp that comes from the store to catch yellow-fins for bait.

Of course, many of the bait stores around the beaches have live fishing bait, such as crabs or prawns and shad or you might opt for the frozen squid, shad sides or other offerings that the locals use.

It all depends on what you are fishing for and whether you are deep-sea fishing where the biggest fish are found or you are fishing from a pier or beach fishing, where more varieties of smaller fish might be. When it comes to fishing bait, most of it is going to be things that you will naturally find in the ocean, for the most part.

Most large fish prefer live bait, so many of the frozen baits are used to catch baitfish. If you consider catching anchovies, herring, sardines and mackerel, as part of your fishing expedition, you will have fishing bait that is part of a large fish’s natural diet. After you have caught your bait, it is important that you hold it in an aerated bait box to keep them lively during your fishing trip.

Other things like live crabs and other baitfish will work nicely for the fish that search for food by signs of struggle or by sight. For fish like sharks and barracuda, the sea fishing bait doesn’t have to be alive, just smelly and bloody, and once you have attracted them to the area, they will hit on almost any kind of sea fishing baits.

Some of the charter fishing boats will give you clam strips, live crab or pieces of crab bodies, such as legs, cut bait or squid and spearing. Others use herring or mackerels and bait that is about nine inches long is standard but some of the cut bait can be the most successful.

You have to keep in mind that many ocean going fish are used to eating remnants of other fish that have been left behind in a feeding frenzy. Even jellyfish and octopus can make good live bait, when you are considering sea fishing bait. Charter fishing boats usually have a pretty good idea of what kinds of fish are biting on what live baits and most of the beachside saltwater tackle shops know, too.

If you know where and when you will be deep-sea fishing, it is worth finding out what is working best, if you can get some kind of fishing report. Because many of the ocean fish are migratory, there are different fish that are biting on different things, year round on most ocean fishing areas, especially in the tropical regions. Like any freshwater fishing, sometimes, the best sea fishing baits are the natural baits they will run across in their habitat.

The Best Bait For Bass Fishing

The best bait for bass fishing is a good question. Especially around this time of the year. Oh yes! It’s that time of the year again, the birds are chirping, the weather is warm, and the bass are jumping. I love the spring!

Spring is the time of the year when bass are spawning, making it much easier to find them. They can be found in the shallow areas of a lake or pond. Any structure in the shallow parts is also a plus. For example around docks and fallen trees.

Now that the hardest part of catching big bass is taken care of, finding the location of them that is. But another tricky part, which is where most 90% of Anglers fail to do correctly is catch them. They can see them, but they just can’t catch them.

So how exactly do you catch bass? With bait of course…but which baits to use is another question.

The Best Baits for Bass Fishing are:

-Live Bait – Because lets face it, they can’t fool bass

1) Worms – Without a question, worms are the most popular bait to use, when fishing for bass. There is a reason for it too, Bass LOVE them and they sure are hard to resist when you are a bass in the water. Great to use because they are easily stored and use them anywhere.

2) Minnows – Another popular live bait for bass fishing. Bass love them too, but they take more effort to keep. Unlike worms, minnows must be contained in a container with and air tank. If you have a boat, then minnows are excellent choice of bait, but if you fin yourself on foot, they are not the best option.

- Artificial Lures – Bass are not that smart, but presentation is key!

1) Plastic worms – Absolutely love to use them, using them with a drop shot technique is very effective. Many choices in colors and types.

2) Spinner Baits – A great lure and a very adjustable one at that for bass fishing. Easily changeable blades and skirts. Make the perfect spinner bait for the water your fishing. They are a great trolling bait, which is an excellent way to cover the most area of water for bass.

3) Crank BaitsAction looks good to a hungry bass. Another plus is that there are a variety of different lip sizes. The lip size is what causes the crank to go deep or shallow. The large the lip, the deeper the crank bait goes. The speed is another factor that determines life like presentation and depth.

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