Tips for fishing with live bait.
What's the biggest key in fishing with live bait? Fish with live bait
that appears as natural as possible.
If you're using a shad for bait you want that shad to appear as natural
as possible. If your bait doesn't look like what the fish are feeding on, it
will affect your bite rate. For presenting live shad in a natural manner, you may want to research
gang hooks. Gang hooks are one of the best way to present live bait in a natural
Another consideration when fishing with live bait is smell.
Fishes Sense of Smell:
Many people don't realize how sensitive a fishes sense of smell is.
If you have engaged in an activity (such as smoking) that makes your
hands smell, it will affect your catch. Use a hand sanitizer remove any
Many freshwater fish, such as trout, walleye, and smallmouth bass,
have very sensitive senses of smell, and if they detect unnatural odors on
live bait they tend not to bite. This is why making sure that your hands are
free of any unnatural odors (that will transfer to the bait), such as
gasoline or nicotine, is a must in fishing with live bait.
Always wet your hands before handling baits to avoid removing the
protective slime layer.
Caring for Live Bait:
There are many ways to care for live bait such as Shad and minnows. If
you're out fishing for a long period of time you're going to need an aerator
or you're going to have to change the water frequently. Remember the "live"
part of the bait is the most important part. Dead bait usually isn't nearly
For more information on caring for live bait.
When live bait fishing you want your hook or hooks to be as small as
possible so they are less visible and the bait acts normal.
By using one or more of the above tips and you will become a more effective
live bait angler. Fishing with live bait is a fun and effective way to fish.
Also the weather and moon are just as important as the proper live bait.
Start using one or all of these live bait fishing tips sooner rather than
later, and you will be a much more successful live bait angler.
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