Spinners as Bait
If you are planning a fishing trip for bass, walleye, crappie or musky, you might want to try spinners. They are metal spoon-like devices attached to a special hook. They not only spin in the water as you reel in the line, but also make a sound as they spin, attracting fish. Using spinners instead of live bait to catch your panfish is cost-effective and saves the bother of keeping bait alive.
Night Crawlers or Red Worms
Use night crawlers or red worms as bait when fishing for catfish, pike, sunfish or bluegill. The tiniest piece of worm may net you a bluegill, as they are active fish and always on the lookout for a treat. Catfish bite on fat wrigglers, but patience is needed. Catfish are mostly bottom-feeders and take their time to strike. Bass have been known to go for worms, so if spinners are not working, try one. Worms for bait are best kept in damp earth contained within polystyrene boxes and set on ice in your cooler.
Homemade Dough Balls
Homemade dough balls are inexpensive to make and easy to store--fish adore them. Simply soak stale bread in tuna, salmon or crab juice--any strong-smelling fish juice will work. When you are ready to go fishing, make 1-inch dough balls by squeezing the excess juice from the bread and storing them in a container in your cooler. Dough balls may also be made with pie-crust dough and flavored with caraway seeds, cinnamon, garlic powder, onion powder or any strong-smelling ingredient you may have handy. Fish driven by smell, such as catfish, are caught readily on this type of bait, as are fish that prefer live bait, due to the aroma that is slowly released as the dough balls are immersed in water.
Available in an assortment of neon colors, power bait is treated with a variety of substances to make it appealing for bass, trout and other fish driven by color and scent. Power bait stays on the hook and keeps its shape as the aroma swirls around it in the water, making the colorful target irresistible to fish. Power bait has a long shelf life and just needs to be kept in an airtight jar.
Article Written By Victoria Ries
Victoria Ries is a freelance writer whose work has been published in various print magazines, including "Guideposts," "BackHome," New Homesteading" and "Mother Earth News." Ries enjoys working on diverse topics such as travel, animal rescue, health and home business. Ries is currently working on her B.A. in psychology.