Lures or Bait

Recently updated on November 4th, 2022 at 01:24 am

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Lures or Bait: The answer to the question of whether it is better to use artificial lures or real bait to catch fish depends on the species of fish you are attempting to catch as well as the environment in which you are attempting to catch it. If you want to know which method is superior, you need to consider both factors.

You can catch fish very easily and smoothly if you have made the perfect choice of lures. There are instances when fishing with bait produces greater results than using a lure, but there are also occasions when fishing with a lure produces better results. Nevertheless, each tactic has a unique set of advantages and disadvantages, including those that are shared among the others.

(Article about “Lure or Live Bait? Understanding the Pros and Cons of Each” on vanislemarina.com)

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Lures or Bait – Preface

First and foremost: what is the bait and what is the lure? Simply put, you can assume that bait mainly consists of living material (or food). The angler attaches the bait to a hook, snare, trap, or net. Then he offers it at the fishing spot. However, anglers will use a lure to fish a large surface of the water and catch potential victims.

A lure usually consists of non-living material and it serves as a reward (or pleasure) if the fish can get it. As assumed, a lure is not as inviting as live bait, it is, therefore, necessary to keep the lure in continuous motion using a casting rod.

With this casting rod, you can also reach and search longer distances to perhaps find a place where the fish gather. However, if you don’t move that lure constantly, you will have to wait longer for a fish to bite. Of course, it is more satisfying for a lure angler to have the fish bite into this non-living material. The satisfaction is all the greater.

Bait types: worms, insects, shrimp, small living fish, and even ants. Finally, you also have to take into account what types of fish you want to catch. It is a bit of “searching”. In addition, each fish perceives the smell and sight of the bait.

Lures or bait
Mealworms
Beach Worms
Beach Worms
Earthworms
Earthworms

Lure types: spinners, jigs, plugs, spoons, flies, soft plastic balls, and spinnerbaits.

Plug
Plug
Jig
Jig
Spoon
Spoon
Soft Plastic Bait
Soft Plastic Bait
Spinner Bait
Spinner Bait
Spinner
Spinner
Jig
Jig
Flies
Flies

Lures or Bait – A word of explanation about Lures

As the word implies, a lure is artificial and serves to attract the attention of the fish and more specifically to keep it in constant motion. A stationary lure, however, is a “dead object” because it does not give off odors and does not move.

Unlike the lure, live bait will move and give off a scent. Importantly, a lure can be very attractive because of its special movement, its flashy colors, and its vibrations. The fisherman attaches one or more hooks to a lure to catch the fish. In the past (and perhaps still today) lures were used to lure the fish to low tide and pierce them with a spear.

In fact, the manufacturer designs commercial lures in all shapes, colors, and attached hooks. But the handymen among us can also make them themselves, such as eg. the “fishing flies”. Making it yourself is very challenging but still as satisfying when you get good results with it.

The anglers use the lures in combination with a fishing rod and a fishing reel. But some people simply tie the lure to a line and hold the line with their hand (s). An experienced fisherman can cast far with a lure and thus reach special places or underwater plains.

Fishing Bait – History

In ancient times (around 2000 BC) fishing rods, hooks and lines were already used, but most fishermen just used their hands to cast the line. The first hooks were made of bronze, but they were far too light and almost invisible to the fish. The Chinese were the first to make a line using silk.

From the eighth to the thirteenth century (AD), the Nordic population already made lures. The people used iron, bronze, and copper for this and in some cases, a hook was soldered to a copper spoon. Then they also made a distinction according to the weather conditions, such as ice fishing or summer fishing.

From the year 1800, people started using tin minnows (little fish) that were realistically recreated. Painted rubber has even been used to make bugs and grubs. Scandinavia designs the first fishing spoons in the late 1700s.

Devon Lure
Devon Lure

Initially, the manufacturers made the very first lure, called “Devon” (by F. Angel of Exeter). The number and different lures experienced a “boom” from the middle of the 19th century. The first lures made in the US appeared in the last half of the nineteenth century.

This mainly concerned metal spoons and spinners. Its producers were: Enterprise Manufacturing Company, W.D. Chapman, Julio T. Buel, and Riley Haskell. A little later (early nineteenth century) they start to produce the modern fishing plugs.

This was done by several firms including Heddon in Michigan and Enterprise Mfg. (Pflüger) in Ohio. Skilled craftsmen made the lures individually until mass production started at some point. Mass production is then of course based on what man had made.

Methods (Lures or Bait)

The fishing lure is attached to a line with a knot (improved clinch knot) or attached to a “snap” (a safety pin-like device). The angler moves the bait by winding the line with the help of a reel, but also by means of jigging movements and sweeping the fishing rod. It can also be done through “trolling”, where the line is pulled by a moving boat. An exception to this is fly fishing where the fisherman stands in the water and floats his lure with a line on the surface of the water where it sinks and shows the fish that it is a so-called insect.

Improved Clinch Knot
Improved Clinch Knot

Types

Nowadays, they use many different materials to make lures. They exist in rubber, plastic, metal, wood, and cork, but also in the form of feathers, animal hair, string, tinsel, and others. The workmen use both non-moving and moving parts to make the lures.

Also possible is a combination of lures. In any case, it is clearly intended that the lure appears as a perfect prey for the fish. But some have also been specially made for fish that are very fond of their territory and do not tolerate intruders. And other fish are very curious or extremely aggressive.

Today, manufacturers make the lures in such a way that they closely resemble an insect that has been injured or dies and is therefore easy prey.

Above I have already shown some standard types of lures. Here are some more special variations on it:

in-line Spinner
Snagless in-line Spinner
Top-water lure
Top-water lure
Copper Fishing Spoons
Copper Fishing Spoons
Surface Popper Red
Surface Popper Red

Daisy Chain (Lures or Bait)

And then you have the “Daisy Chain”. This consists of a “chain” of artificial lures without hooks and aims to simulate a school of fish for a large predator. Through this daisy chain, the fish is lured up to the stern of the boat into the lure “spread” which does consist of lures with a hook. People use materials such as jets, plastic squid, cedar plugs, and other soft and/or hard plastic lures in production.

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Finally

So there are countless lures and the fisherman does indeed need a lot of work to find the right one. This is also personal: one person agrees while another rejects it completely. So: a lot of work to be done. But once the right one has been found, success is assured! Let’s get started fishermen and wish you a good catch!

This brings me to the last point I want to make regarding this article. I really hope you enjoyed it, and if you have any questions, comments, additional information, ambiguities, or even outright lies, please feel free to leave them in the section below.

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