Being a good bait.

Is there a fishing technique that will help me get the bait right in front of the fish and keep it there until he bites?

It would seem that we all know where the fish are hiding but the everlasting question is how do we get them out of that hiding spot and eat my hook?  If you put your bait, jig or lure in front of a fish and expect it to bite you should give up now.  What you really want to do is convince the fish that what you are presenting is good food but not sick food.  Fish and most other animals have a since that keeps them from food poisoning, in other words if it isn’t moving don’t eat it.

Most fish like the Crappie, Walleye and Bass want live food, so placing some hook in front of the fish won’t work you must convince the fish that your hook is alive.  To do this your bait must move like something the fish has seen before.

To catch the fish you should get your bait to look like a normal bait fish.  To teach me this skill, my dad paddled the boat up next the grasses and told me that if I can keep the minnows here I should be able to catch some fish.  The bait fish are friendly to something they recognize but here is the real catch…  Get your hook on the edge of a bait pool and appear like the weak link and every once and a while disappear into the main cover.

The whole trick to being a good bait is looking alive yet easier to get than the other ones.


Dan Eggertsen is a fellow crappie fishing enthusiast to the point of obsession. :) He's been providing solid advice on crappie fishing since 2004.

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