How to Fish With Artificial Bait

How to Fish With Artificial BaitUsing artificial bait instead of natural bait gives the angler certain advantages, such as having the ability to target specific species with specific fishing methods. Manufacturers of these baits and lures gear their products to attract fish such as bass, walleye, trout, pike and crappies. Different baits are appropriate for different seasons because fish change their eating habits as the weather changes. The angler that knows how to use an assortment of lures will always have something in his tackle box that can keep him from being "skunked."


Difficulty: Moderately Challenging

How to:

Things You’ll Need:
  • Rod and reel
  • jigs
  • buzzbaits
  • plastic worms
  • offset worm hooks
  • worm weights
  • plastic mouse or frog
  • jigging spoon
Step 1
Lower a jig down into submerged brush piles or through thick vegetation until it reaches the desired depth. By bringing it upwards about a foot or two and then allowing it to flutter back towards the bottom, you will get the attention of fish. Be prepared for fish to strike a jig on its downward motion.
Step 2
Use a buzzbait when fishing for largemouth bass and pickerel, two species that use weeds for cover to ambush their prey. Cast it out and begin your retrieve the very instant the buzzbait lands on the water; this gets the props spinning and keeps the lure on the top of the lake or pond. Keep your rod tip up high as you reel and watch for visible signs of fish coming from behind or below to engulf these baits, such as the wake of a large bass.
Step 3
Cast out a plastic worm and allow the presentation to sink to the bottom. Raise your rod tip and reel in a small amount of line. This will cause the worm to rise off the bottom. Lower the rod tip so the worm falls back down. Remember that most hits on a plastic worm fished this way occur as the worm descends. Watch your line for any indication that a fish has grabbed the worm and set the hook if you feel even a slight tug.
Step 4
Target open areas in weeds with a plastic mouse or frog. Allow this type of artificial bait to sit on the surface for a full minute after it splashes into the water before moving it. Retrieve it with a series of twitching jerks, one at a time in 15 to 20 second intervals. Bass and pike will come from beneath this type of bait and attack it when you fish it with this tecnique.
Step 5
Use a small jigging spoon to catch perch, bluegill and crappies through the ice. Allow the lure to touch bottom and then bring it up about three feet. Lower it by dipping your ice rod one to two feet. As with the jig and the plastic worm these artificial baits will precipitate bites from fish most of the time as they are going down. Set the hook hard at the slightest indication of a nibble.

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