When going fishing, the bait you use will determine your odds in catching a fish. This includes everything form fishing offshore, in a boat, off a jetty, river, freshwater, saltwater and even while fishing from shore. Shore fishing is probably the easiest method of fishing, because other than your fishing pole, tackle and bait, no equipment is involved. You won't have to worry about broken engines, or other major equipment malfunctions, but your bait will be your main concern. There are plenty of options, depending on whether you're fishing in saltwater or fresh and what type of fish you're trying to catch.
Saltwater Live Bait
There are several live baits to choose from when shore fishing in saltwater. As with any type of fishing, the bait you use should be determined by the fish you are trying to catch. Shrimp has become an all-purpose bait that attracts a variety of fish. If you're fishing on shore off the surf, shrimp, cut bait, clams, sand fleas and crabs, have all proved to attract a number of species. Ask the locals what the fish are biting on, and you'll get a good idea of what live bait would be best to use to catch a fish.
Saltwater Artificial Bait
Take a trip down the saltwater fishing isle at your local sporting-goods store, and you'll probably be surprised at all the options for artificial bait for saltwater fishing. Gold or silver spoons work well in attracting a variety of species. There are artificial-looking shrimp, crabs and fish. You can purchase lures that are made out of rubber or metal. What you choose to use will depend on what you're trying to catch. Once again, ask the locals what type of artificial lures they use to catch fish.
Freshwater Live Bait
There are many live freshwater baits to choose from, and the type of bait you use will depend on the species of fish you're trying to catch. Freshwater live bait comes in everything from earthworms or night crawlers, minnows, frogs, crickets, chub, shad, grasshoppers, flies, crayfish and insect larvae. You can purchase your live bait at a local bait store. If you're unsure of what's good to use in a particular area, check with the local fishermen and see what they use to catch fish.
Freshwater Artificial Bait
There are many options when it come to artificial freshwater bait, including plastic worms, insects, frogs, crayfish and fish. There are also flies, spoons, spinner bait, metal lures that look like a fish, and jigs. All of these artificial baits will do well when fishing from shore, as long as the fish that likes that particular bait happens to be where you are fishing. Check with the local fishermen to see what they're having the best luck with.