Fishing lures are artificial baits that come in different forms and sizes

Freshwater fishing baits and lures are specially made to produce almost instant fishing results.

With so many different types, shapes and colors to choose from it is not difficult to get more than a little confused when trying to make a decision as to which ones to choose.

According to the sales, hype found written about these products you may just as well close your eyes and buy the first baits your hand comes in contact with. Then according to the manufacturers you are guaranteed fishing results beyond your wildest dreams. However, we all know it is never that easy.

To be successful you need a good selection of baits and lures in your fishing bag or tackle box when going fishing

Different lures and artificial baits are made because fishermen use such a large variety of angling techniques as well as tackle and equipment. To be successful at catching much fish you must also be able to adjust to the changing weather and water conditions as they unfold.

A good way to find out which lures work best in the area you find yourself is to speak to other local fishermen or the salespeople at the local fishing store. Also go online and choose from the most reviewed baits at the bigger fishing outlets. As you become more experienced it will be time to make a more personal choice. Multiple packs of different baits maybe less expensive but I find do not really work because you usually end up using only a couple of them.

Feeling Lucky?

Why does it happen that although everyone is using similar tackle and lures only one angler gets more bites than the rest of us who can only look on with confusion and envy? We hear that luck has nothing to do with it, but I'm not all that sure. Not so long ago I was fishing with my friend at a favorite fishing spot and we were using identical tackle and bait. The bait was cast into the same fishing hole within a couple feet of each other and he ended up catching 7 beautiful snappers while I managed to hook only one small one that just made the allowable limit. For some reason or other, he also had many more bites than me.

However a few weeks later when we again went fishing with the same gear and baits from our boat the roles were completely reversed and it was me that came home with a big bag of fish and my friend had absolutely no Luck?

So Many Choices

When fresh water fishing from a boat with a trolling motor or the shore you have a choice of hard bait plastic lures, soft bait plastic lures, spinner bait and jigs, swim baits, panfish etc. It seems that there are some special lures available that when presented to the fish it gets them extremely excited and they cannot resist taking a bite, thus giving anglers great and consistent results. A mixed bag of bass, crappie, perch, pike, catfish and much more are often caught.

Your Last Chance

Before winter arrives and you pack away your fishing gear go and get some fancy looking lures and cast a line one more time, hopefully catching a big one. If you are successful then this memory will bring a smile on your face and help you to get through those long winter nights in front of a warm fire as you wait and plan for the next fishing season when it arrives.

What fishing lures can I use to catch the most bass? 

There are many verities of fishing lures. They are made to mimic sounds, colors, and movement and are usually shaped and look like live prey, for example, minnows, fish, insects, and other small animals.

Most fishermen will agree that Bass is the most exciting freshwater game fish in North America. They put up a great fight and can be fished in a vast number of ways. No other fish species have as many options at lures, baits, rods, and reels fabricated after them.

You can use a wide variety of fishing lures for bass, some popular choices are: 

  • Skirted jigs
  • Crankbaits
  • Swimbait
  • Craws
  • Finesse worms
  • Jerk baits and many more. 

There are distinct varieties of Bass. Consider which species you're after and where you're fishing when picking out Bass lures. A lot of the very same lures and baits are used for all species, but there are several lure designs just to target Bass.

Possibly the most well-known Bass is the Largemouth Bass, also called, Green bass, Dark Bass, Florida Bass, Bigmouth Bass.

Trophy Largemouth Bass are all in the ten-pound selection. The largemouth is widely regarded as the most thrilling of the Bass species. Largemouth Bass prefer to live in aquatic vegetation. They love to hide at lily pads and wooden structures like docks, rocks, trees, and other sunken foliage. Largemouth Bass may also be found in large rivers that do not have a ton of natural vegetation. They're also called Brown Bass, Bronze Bass, or Bareback Bass. 

Another species of Bass is the Smallmouth Bass and Rock Bass. Almost exclusively these Bass can be found in fast-moving, cold rivers, and lakes. The Rock Bass hang around rocks and can be caught on plastic worms or better yet live.  Smallmouth bass is distinctive in that they're sometimes the target of fly fishermen. Given that, there's a category of lures which are helpful for smallmouth.

Fish bait recipes you may want to try;

There are several recipes that you simply can take full advantage of to help you catch specific fish. Why not make the bait at home on your own? Natural bait, the best way to go, and if you are a fishing hobbies why not make one? 

Here are just a couple of recipe options that you can try to experiment with the water bodies you fish in. I usually rig these types of baits for bottom fishing to target catfish and the mighty carp. 

How About Cheese Bait?

You can use this type of homemade bait to catch carp, chub, bream, and catfish. Here’s what you need to do. Roll out about ten ounces of pizza, pastry dough on your countertop.

Use a smelly cheese like mature cheddar and smear it on the dough, give it a very good rub as you want to incorporate as much flavor possible.

  1. - Add six ounces of grated cheddar cheese and four ounces of blue cheese crumbles. *Note - I found that the less bitter (strong) blue cheese was more effective. 
  2. - Fold that dough over so that it is completely covering the cheese. Then, roll it out again.
  3. - Do this several times over so the cheese is well mixed.
  4. - Form into a ball and knead the dough thoroughly.
  5. - Place some finely shredded cheddar cheese at the bottom of a ziplock bag then place the cheese ball into it and sprinkle more cheese on top. Freeze it.
  6. - Once thawed the consistency is perfect and it will have a good cheese smell to it. Roll it into small balls and store in an airtight container. You can then use them next time you head out. 

If you have access to salmon eggs you can cure them for bait. 

Salmon Eggs and How To Cure Them:

There are specific fish that this will work well for. If you are after largemouth bass (yes in my geo area they love it), salmon, lake trout or muskellunge, you’ll love to use these because they will give you good results.

Here’s a simple curing guide to follow;

  1. - When cleaning your salmon, keep the egg sacs intact.
  2. - Cover a large flat surface with borax. *Note: Borax is a natural mineral, it looks like table salt which is used for curing. 
  3. - Cut the egg sacs across the membrane about three to four inches and lay them at least one inch apart on the borax.
  4. - Sprinkle more borax on top and make sure they are all covered.
  5. - Move them to an area with good air circulation that is also sheltered and dry. You do not want them in sunlight or getting wet.
  6. - Allow the salmon eggs to dry for two or three days and turn them about every twelve hours.
  7. - Shake off the excess borax and place them in plastic bags for storage. You can use them when they are completely dry.