ACR’s Man Cave: The Best Fishing Bait

With more than a thousand types of fishing bait on the market, it can sometimes be overwhelming to select the right one for you. If you’re taking in a relaxing day of fishing, the last thing you want to do is have to research your bait options – so we have you covered.

There are a variety of different shapes, colours and sizes that baits come in, also varying in weights. While many choose to use the whole bait, some decide to cut it into chunks – however the size of the fishing bait usually depends on the size of the fish being hunted.

The most commonly used type of fishing baits are small fishes, like herring and anchovies, and some other native species that are found in a designated areas.

Fishing baits can be used whole, or cut up into chunks and strips, however this all depends on the types of fishes being sought after. However, there are a number of other species that are favoured by some fisherman: crabs, worms, prawns, clams, squid, eels and sand fleas can all be used as fishing baits, however do not attract as large a following as using a traditional fish. There are a number of baiting options, depending on the type of fish you are attempting to catch. Some of them are outlined below.

Live Bait

There are many types of live bait that can be used to catch fish, but because live bait is alive when you use it, they can be particularly unpredictable to deal with.

There are a number of different types of live bait you can select from, including night crawlers (earthworms), grasshoppers, flies, crickets and insect larvae. While some people like to catch live bait they, it can also be purchased at fishing bait and tackle stores. Although some people consider live bait to be extremely inconvenient, due to the face that it must be sourced immediately before its intended use, it is generally the most effective method. If all else is failing, live bait will usually catch a fish.

Artificial Bait

As the name suggests, artificial bait is a type that has been manmade. Usually made of plastic, this includes synthetic worms and insects, flies, lures, small jigs, streamer files, spoons, streamers and spinners.


Where there’s a fish, there’s a lure. Bass lures can help catch bass, Trout lures can catch trout, and so on. A lure can make a great addition to any bait kit, being effective in many fishing scenarios. However, lures can be tricky and require a number of tricks to be maximised.

Because lures appeal to the curiosity of a fish, they need movement to really be effective. Unlike traditional bait, where you can just attach it to your hook and wait for a bite – lures require you to move, keeping your line in motion to appeal to fish. Many enjoy the added challenge that a lure provides and since they can just be re-used, utilising one can help you save money on bait.

They are also a good option if you are planning on catching and releasing, because compared to live bait, the hooks are easier to remove.

Prepared Bait

If you have arranged the bait before you begin your fishing, this is considered prepared bait. This can include kernel corn, bread, cheese, stink baits, salmon eggs, baked potato pieces, hotdogs and cereal balls. 

Soft Bait

This is the go-to choice for many when deciding what bait option to select, especially for those just starting out. Soft baits are versatile, and can be customised to a number of colour and shape specifications. Some of the main types of soft bait are worms, grubs, baitfish, tubes, crawfish, lizards, crabs and leeches.

There are other benefits of using soft bait over other alternatives: one includes rigging the hook. The point can be buried into the body of the bait, to the point where it cannot get caught in any obstruction under the water (weeds, rocks, logs). Soft bait also feels natural to a fish, so when they bite down on it, they with mouth it longer.

Soft bait can also be treated with a scent, which makes them great when fishing with kids. Soft bait works best in still water, especially in areas that are stocked with fish – like lakes or ponds.

We hope this guide was helpful in letting you decide which bait is best for you. Like any sport, fishing comes with a learning curve that can be perfected with experience. It is important to give it a go, road testing a number of baits to find the perfect one that works for you.

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