Live bait really is not for everyone. For obvious reasons, some fishermen avoid it at all costs, but if you have the stomach for it, then it surely can be rewarding. Apart from the gross part, live bait also implies more care and more effort but, like I said before, it is totally worth it. So here are the most common types of live bait, how to get them and how to care for them.
Fish simply love worms. They are a tasty, rich in protein treat that they just can’t resist. There are two ways you can get them: either from a bait store, or from good old mother nature. You can usually find them in parks, in your back yard or even at your fishing spot. They are very easy to catch especially after it rained, when they come out of the ground for air. When you see a worm on the ground, keep in mind that about 80% of their body is still underground so you must act with care and patience. Hold it firmly and give it time to crawl out on its own. After catching the worm, keep them in a cool and dark place, and by all means do not forget to put some holes in the container so that they can breathe!
- Crickets and grasshoppers
Generally known as hoppers, crickets and grasshoppers make for great live bait, especially in the summer. The great thing about hoppers is that you can have loads of fun with your kids while catching them. You can use a net or a hat and even make a contest out of it. If this proves to be ineffective, there is a simple trap you can build. Soak a piece of bread in some sugary water and place it on the ground, somewhere where you know hoppers will find it. Cover it with a piece of cloth and come back the next day to gather your hoppers. One great advantage of this type of live bait is that it’s incredibly easy to store and it does not need any kind of special care. Just put them in a can or a water bottle, but do not forget to punch a few holes so that the hoppers can breathe.
Minnows are probably the most common type of baitfish. They are usually found in freshwater and make for great live bait on condition they are lively. You can either buy the minnows at your favorite bait place, or you can catch them yourself. In order to catch them you’ll need to use a net. You can lay it down near the shore, in shallow water. To attract the minnows throw some bits of bread or even small pieces of dog food in the water. When you think there are enough minnows circling your net, lift it straight up very fast. The ideal environment for minnows is somewhere where they have cool, high in oxygen water. So you will have to keep them in low temperatures