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Bait Basics

Bait Basics
Live bait comes in many shapes and sizes.

So you have picked out a rod, reel and line, and found the perfect fishing spot. Now you just need to figure out what to use in order to catch a few. Stick with the following live bait options to always find success while fishing.

 

Night crawlers

Nightcrawlers will see plenty of action today on the Illinois River.

These are the gold standard of the live bait fishing world. You can buy night crawlers at pretty much any gas station or tackle store. DMF has bait boxes set up all over the country. The nice thing about night crawlers is that you can target about any species of fish with them. Want to catch catfish? Throw the whole worm. Want to catch panfish? Just use a small bit.

 

Red worms

Josh Vanderweide used spinners and nightcrawlers to win the fourth and final qualifier of the 2008 Walleye Tour season.

Red worms are the little brother of night crawlers. These are perfect for catching smaller fish such as bluegills, shell crackers and crappie. These are also a popular option that can be found at most stores. Just remember to keep both night crawlers and red worms cool and out of the heat.

 

Meal worms

Meal worms are small worms that are actually baby beetles. These are some of the best options you will find for catching panfish. They are very easy to care for and stay on the hook very well. Pick up a few of these the next time that you hit your favorite bream bed.

 

Crickets

Crickets are probably the bait that many people caught their very first fish with. Crickets are a very good option for catching panfish. While a good choice to get bites, crickets lack in the toughness department. You will use quite a few crickets during your trip. They can also be a bit hard to catch and put on a hook.

 

Minnows

A minnow-tipped jig is a great combination of live and artificial baits.

Fish eat other fish, right? Of course they do. So why not use other fish as bait? Minnows are another great way to catch all different species of fish. Minnows come in many different sizes for all different types of fishing. Most people use large minnows for bass fishing and smaller minnows for crappie fishing. There are different ways to rig them, but hooking them through the nose is my personal favorite. If using minnows, be sure to have a good bait tank with an aerator to keep oxygen in the water.

 

I hope some of these bait choices help you land a lunker this summer.

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