What is the Best Bait?

what is the best bait

The best kind of bait depends largely on what it is that you are specifically trying to catch.  The simplest answer is that the best bait is generally what the fish you are trying to catch would normally prey on.  Though this will certainly vary slightly and have some exceptions, it is a good rule of thumb.  This also calls to mind the debate over which kind of bait is best – live bait or dead cut bait.  Essentially if your bait has been caught (usually by net or trolling, sometimes it can also be bought at local tackle stores) and is still alive when you start to fish, it is considered live bait.  If you catch a smaller fish to use as bait for a larger one, but it is already dead when you actually begin fishing, it is considered dead cut bait.  You also have the option of using artificial lures when fishing, which is generally regarded as less desirable when it comes to saltwater fishing, particularly when you are out for bigger game.  Overall, experts agree that the absolute best type of bait you could use (if there are no other constraints placed upon you, such as price, availablitiy, etc.) is live bait.  Regardless of what specific type of species you are fishing for, the live bait will always more closely resemble the fish they will find in their natural habitat.  As a result, they will more likely be attracted by it and less reserved about approaching it. 

Daniel Eggertsen
Dan Eggertsen is a fellow saltwater fishing enthusiast to the point of obsession. :) He's been providing solid advice on saltwater fishing since 2004.

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