Why Most Anglers Don't Use Live Bait. /
The Anglers Attitudes.
Rule #1: In the sport of Striped Bass fishing there are few, if any absolutes.
Rule #2: Be Flexible.
A fact is that if a fish does not want to eat, you are not going to "force" it to eat, regardless of the live bait or artificial bait.
Why You Should Try Live Bait.
Using live bait works, many times when nothing else will. Regardless
of what type of fish you're fishing for they don't start their lives
looking to eat something artificial. They are looking to eat what is
natural. If you use the natural food of the lake you success will be
Lake Ouachita Striped Bass Guides all use fresh live bait which
increases the number and size of fish they catch. And they all have
their favorite artificial close at hand, especially top
Live bait, mainly
shad "the food of the lake", are harder to come by and harder to
keep, which is a big reason the occasional guides who don't bother to do
the work to catch, keep or use live bait prefer to use artificial lures.
Live bait has distinct advantages, particularly when fishing for trophy
Striped Bass, it is the runaway preferred method for the experienced
guides on Lake Ouachita in
Most people simply overlook the fact that with live bait fishing, just as
with any other technique, there is a lot to learn. The anglers who know
this, and who put in the time and work required, will always be the ones who
There is no experience in freshwater fishing like that of a striped bass in the 30 to 40 pound
category attacking a top water lure.
The angles that have experienced
this attack and won are in a special group indeed.
Artificial baits are simply much
easier and quicker to use. Tie your bait on, start fishing.
There are times when artificial lures might just be a better choice. The
following is some, but not necessarily all, of those conditions. The
ultimate in striped bass artificial fishing is the trill of the top water
In stained or murky water, Stripers tend to rely less on site, and more
on feel and smell. In these conditions, a fish can't afford to be as
finicky. Just as the Stripers field of view is lessened, so is its
opportunity to feed. If a meal comes within range, a Stripers must react
while it has the chance. It is also possible to cover much more water with
Some artificial put off more
sound and vibration, than live bait, which can help a fish to find its prey.
For many of the same reasons listed for murky water, artificial tend to
be more effective at night. But also, fish are less wary at night and
definitely make a lot more "mistakes" about what to feed on. If an angler
wants to catch big fish, and feels that he has to do it on
artificial, night time is the right time.
Stripers in moving water, below dams, entrances of rivers and creeks
tend to feed more out of spontaneous reaction. Possible because their food
source is constantly moving. If baitfish happen to come by, a Stripers had
better eat while it's there. Because that meal could be yards away in a
Surface feeding tail spacking frenzy.
Quick !!! toss a topwater, soft bait, spinner, spoon or your fishing pliers
into this feeding frenzy and hold on. The striper are in a spontaneous
reaction mode and will hit the kitchen sink most of the time.
Later in the day.
Striped bass have a tendency to school up and move out over the
deeper waters and go into cruise mode. Normally these will be smaller
Remember in all cases refer to Rules #1and #2
The Anglers Attitudes.
There are three groups concerning the thoughts and attitudes towards
Live Bait vs Artificial baits.
- The first group are the victims of the "corporate brainwashing"
These anglers have little, if any, first hand knowledge or
experience with the use of live bait, but rather, choose to base
their thoughts and decisions on hearsay and sales propaganda. A lot
of artificial lures are made for attracting the fisherman and not
the fish. The sales of artificial lures is a multi-million dollar
business. Of course these manufactures want you to believe live bait
is not as good. These companies also spend millions of dollars
promoting the use of their lures, and in the sponsoring of
tournaments, which of course, do not allow live bait. There lively
hood depends on "your" money.
- A second fairly large group of fisherman believed that live bait
was a guaranteed way to always catch a limit of fish fast. They went
into it with unreal expectations. These guys fished any lake at any
time, with any live bait, just knowing that they couldn't possibly
Nearly all of these fisherman end up disappointed.
- There is a very small group of anglers who catch fish consistent
who realize that live bait is a strong consistent tool at the right
time and place. These anglers put in the time and effort required to
learn how to use live bait to the fullest extent. This group is not
concerned with "looking cool" or "hanging with the in-crowd", but
rather their concern lies, in catching the most fish that they
possibly can. Until you learn how and when to use live bait, you won't know what
your missing. Keeping an open mind and being flexible is the key.
The bottom line.
There is a very small group of anglers who realize that live bait is just
another tool, albeit, a strong one at the right time and place.
put in the time and effort and expense required to learn how to catch, keep
and fish with live bait to the
Finally, this group is not concerned with "looking cool"
or "hanging with the in-crowd", but rather their concern lies, in catching
the biggest fish, and the most big fish that they possibly can !
Until you give live bait a solid shot, you won't know what your missing !
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