When choosing whether you want to fish with artificial lures or natural lures there are many things to consider. Some anglers tend to stick to either artificial or natural bait, while other anglers like to go back and forth between the two. There is no right or wrong to what you choose to use as bait. It comes down to personal preference and what you feel works better for the fish you are trying to catch.
Artificial lures are available in a variety of sizes, colors and shapes. They are made to imitate natural bait-fish and fall into seven different categories: Plugs, spoons, jigs, spinners, flies, soft plastics, and spinner-baits/buzz-baits.
One of the biggest advantages to artificial lures is that they can be used over and over again. This is also their biggest disadvantage though, because if the lure gets snagged, you are out what you spent on the lure. Since Lures can cost up to $15 each, it can get pricey, not just to build up a collection but also if you lose lures on snags.
Another advantage to artificial lures is that they offer increased action over live bait. Since they produce more vibrations and noise, they can attract fish from further away and even if they aren’t looking for food. Artificial lures also allow you to better target a specific species of fish, or change them out if you want to try something different. You can have a variety of artificial lures on hand for every fishing trip since they fit easily into your tackle box and don’t expire or go rotten.
Natural bait are available in a variety of forms. Natural bait refers to anything that is, or recently was, alive. This can include worms, maggots, minnows, leeches, grasshoppers, beetles, crickets, night crawlers, shrimp and even frogs or salamanders.
Natural bait is typically available very cheaply. You can even get them for free if you choose to catch your own bait. Most of the time, you can only use it for one fishing trip, but there are frozen options that you can keep in the freezer if you don’t use them all. If you chose to catch your own worms, you can let them go back where you caught them after the fishing trip.
Typically you can only take one or two types of natural bait out on a fishing trip with you since they require a bit more care to keep fresh or alive then their artificial counterparts. Natural bait can be dropped and forgotten since they naturally appeal to the fish, whereas artificial baits need to be cast and reeled in repeatedly to reap the benefits of the movement they offer.
The choice to use natural bait or artificial lures comes down to personal choice. Even if you typically use one type of bait over the others, there is nothing preventing you from trying the other options available. With so many options available to use for baits, you might even find a new favorite type of bait to use when you fish.