Are baits really species specific?
Guest blog on fishing baits by Billy the AMFisH guy.
Hi Island Lake visitors, fishing enthusiasts, fellow anglers and AMFisHers! This blog is about whether or not baits are really species specific, as the packaging says they are. With so many baits on the market these days and fancy packaging that states this will catch this fish or this fish, how do you know what’s true and what fish will take the bait?
Well the answer is quite simple. All types of fish will hit various baits for various reasons. Why? Well if a specific bait looks and moves like something fish see in their natural habitat, there is a pretty strong chance any fish in that area will strike. The most important considerations are how a bait looks (does it’s shape resemble something a fish already feeds on) and how it moves in the water (does the swimming action resemble something a fish feeds on).
Here is a good example: White spinnerbaits are good for catching smallmouth bass, but I have also caught many other species with this bait like rock bass, largemouth bass, pike, walleye and crappie. A white spinnerbait looks and moves like a number of small bait fish that many different fish feed on. My go-to bait is a chartreuse spinnerbait. It’s great for catching all kinds of fish at Island Lake. Another example is soft plastic baits like a creature bait or worm, which are is typically known as a largemouth bass bait. I have caught a lot of pike on creature baits at Island Lake. So will a species specific bait catch a lot of that species? Yes! Will a species specific bait catch a lot of other fish species? It sure will!
On one occasion I was fishing for musky using a big musky bait that was over 8 inches in length (see photo below). I caught several one pound smallmouth bass around that musky spot. To fish, food is food, so all the baits in your tackle boxes have the ability to catch various species.
Always thing about ‘matching the hatch’, which is selecting natural style baits in the sizes that you see swimming around in Island Lake or the lakes you fish. Baits that match perch, baby largemouth bass and crappie are all great choices for Island Lake as these species of fish are what the predator fish like pike feed on. The second thing to consider is mixing up your bait sizes. An example would be having a three-inch perch bait and a similar style six-plus-inch perch bait. By mixing up the sizes you can capitalize on the times when the same fish want a bigger bait of when predator fish start feeding on larger baits.
I hope you found this post helpful…tight lines everyone!
The AMFisH guy … Billy
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