Using Artificial Baits

The idea that you won't be able to catch fish except with live bait is a total myth. Using artificial bait or lures can help you, as long as you know how to do it right.

Using artificial bait has many advantages, such as:

  • Don’t make as much mess as live bait.
  • They don't hook into the fish's gut, so releasing them is safe, and the fish can continue to live.
  • Allow you to reach more areas even from a pier or shore.
  • Help you target the specific fish you’re after.
  • Easy to change out.

However, they do still have some cons as well, such as:

  • Their price is higher than live bait.
  • Can hook to underwater obstacles or in trees more easily. And their higher price makes it a tougher loss.
  • Requires more practice and may be more challenging than using live bait.

The seven main types of lures:

  • Jigs
  • Spoons
  • Spinners
  • Soft Plastic Baits
  • Plugs
  • Flies
  • Spinnerbaits

Each lure is different and suits a specific technique and different species of fish.

So let’s dive into the details of the benefits of using artificial bait.

Helps You Catch More Fish in a Shorter Time

Although live bait is very effective at catching some great inshore fish, it’s time-consuming to fish for it.

While people are out there spending a good hour or two trying to stock up on live bait, you could cover a lot of ground and catch a lot of fish. Of course, that is as long as you know how to cast and retrieve artificial bait.

To catch a lot of fish successfully, you should cover a large area and get your lures in front of as many fish as you can.

And using artificial bait helps you do that from the get-go, giving you a head start compared to others that use live bait.

Gives You Better Control

Your artificial bait will provide you with more control over your time, of your bait presentation. Moreover, it spares you the need to worry about keeping your bait alive.

Bait Presentation

Artificial bait gives you more control over how you present it. This is because you can control the way it moves and how it looks underwater.

Moreover, if the bait is dead, it’ll sit under your bobber or just goes with the current.

And if it’s alive, it can move around the area you cast it out to and get wrapped up in the line, weed, or a random structure.

Contrarily, artificial lures can be made to look like whatever you want, and whatever would bring your targeted fish in.

Controlling Your Time

As I've mentioned above, if you're going to fish using live bait, you have to take the time to catch it.

This puts you at risk of missing out on the best fishing times –typically when the sun is starting to come up.

So don't rely entirely on live bait and learn the skill of catching fish using both live and artificial baits.

No Wasted Bait

Now I’m not speaking about losing the bait, but more about wasting it.

A lot of anglers stock too much on live bait that they never end up actually using.

Furthermore, a lot of baitfish die in the net when anglers fail to match the mesh size of the net to the bait they're casting on.

And if every inshore angler wasted hundreds of baitfish on every trip, there would be no more food left for the inshore fish.

So you only keep the legal fish you’re actually going to eat and only catch the amount of baitfish you’ll put into use.

Final Thoughts

By the end of this article, you should know that both types of baits work effectively.

It’s much more about the skills of the angler than the type of bait they use.

And when all is said and done, it would be a wiser idea to master both kinds of baits as it would help you consistently catch more fish.

Many anglers that use like bait exclusively do so because they never learned the benefits and the techniques used for artificial bait fishing.

So if you don’t succeed at first when you use artificial bait, don’t give up and keep trying until you master the techniques.

Justin Anderson

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