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Fishing: Natural Bait vs. Artificial Lures
Natural Fishing Bait, The Most Effective Choice
- Worms: good bait for nearly all freshwater fish and you can find all you need in a few shovels of dirt from a shaded, damp area.
- Minnows: store in a bucket with plenty of cool water to keep them alive. Never crowd them.
- Crickets, grasshoppers, beetles: many varieties all make good baits, particularly later in the summer and autumn.
- Leeches: excellent bait for many fish when hooked through the sucker in the tail.
The Challenge of Using Artificial Baits and Lures
- Crankbaits look like small fish and are classified as surface, medium diver, and deep diver. They are cast and retrieved by reeling—cranking--the line back in.
- Plugs mimic small fish. Some float, some dive, and some shimmy, shake, gurgle, and splash to imitate prey.
- Poppers imitate bugs floating on the surface of the water and, when jerked, make a sound that attracts certain kinds of fish.
- Spoons look something like teaspoon and imitate a speedy minnow flashing and darting.
- Spinners have small blades or propellers that spin and flash when reeled, attracting fish by the motion and vibrations sent through the water.
- A jig is simply a small hook with a lead ball near the eye of the hook, often decorated with feathers, artificial eyes, rubber legs, and tinsel.
- Flies are artificial imitations of the aquatic and terrestrial insects and other prey creatures found in and near trout streams. Fly fishing is different than spin casting, using different equipment and techniques. Flies weigh only a few grams and are constructed—tied--from a range feathers, fur, thread, tinsel, and even foam and other space-age materials. Because they weigh next to nothing, casting a fly is more complex than other artificial lures or bait.
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