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Live Bait Works

by: Lloyd Tackitt 11/5/2017
I like to catch fish.  I know there are folks that like to catch fish, but only within narrowly defined circumstances - and mostly those narrowing of circumstances begin with using artificial bait.  Been there, done that.  Wore out the tee-shirt years ago.

I use live bait when artificials aren't catching.  Lately that has been the case.  I went fishing yesterday and threw every fly I had at them, nothing, nada, zip.  Not a single bite.  

So I bought a box of nightcrawlers and went again today.  Nearly identical circumstances, time of day, wind direction and so on - and I caught a ton of fish with the worms.  Nothing yesterday, ton-o-fish today.  

I caught a bunch of drum, one of which I photoed, he was a fairly common size for what I was catching, probably about 8 pounds.  If you've never caught one they are hard fighters and always a thrill to catch.  I hear they are good eating too - haven't tried one yet but it's on the future menu for some day.  

I caught a channel cat that fought like the dickens - he too was probably about 8 pounds.  I let him go but wild channel cat is some of the worlds absolute finest eating there is.

I caught a bluegill and put it on my hook and soon had a big bass attack it, I had that bass on long enough to feel it and it was a big one - but it got off.  Live bait for big bass works.

When I ran out of worms I threw every fly I had.  Nothing, nada, zip.

There are times when live bait is the thing.  I'll use live bait when that's what it takes to catch fish.  I'd throw a Prince Albert can out there if it caught fish.  I'm not real particular about the bait or lures or flys I use, as long as they catch fish I'm using them.

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Member comments
esoxrocks, CO   11/5/2017 5:03:56 PM
Totally agree. The only problem I have is with snob fishermen who feel their technique is superior and all who don't agree with them are somehow inferior. While there is nothing like catching a nice fish on a topwater or dry fly... I'll take a hog on a worm vs a skunk any day.
Lloyd Tackitt (Lloyd Tackitt), TX   11/5/2017 7:21:26 PM
I like flys because they are clean and very portable, and usually work quite well. I like lures too for the same reason, and also because I don't have to keep them alive. But when it comes to catching fish, I'll go to live bait in a heartbeat. I've run into a couple of those snobs - they seem to think that the rules they set up for themselves should be as important to other people as they are to their own selves. That is pure conceit.
skiman, CO   11/5/2017 10:36:13 PM
I learned a long time ago that “situations dictate tactics”, and that applies to fishing as well. Flies, lures, live bait...they all have their time and place. As far as the “snobs” are concerned, let them be what they are. When it comes down to it, who really cares? I don’t, I just want to fish.
skiman, CO   11/5/2017 10:36:31 PM
I learned a long time ago that “situations dictate tactics”, and that applies to fishing as well. Flies, lures, live bait...they all have their time and place. As far as the “snobs” are concerned, let them be what they are. When it comes down to it, who really cares? I don’t, I just want to fish.
Fish4Colorado, CO   11/6/2017 10:12:50 AM
It sure does, most any lake I go to as long as it's under 7,000 ft. And actually mostly metro area or up north I will have minnows with me, If all else fails I've had great luck with minnows.
Lloyd Tackitt (Lloyd Tackitt), TX   11/6/2017 10:31:58 AM
What happens over 7,000 feet? I'm curious as most of my fishing is at or under 400 feet...
Smelly, CO   11/6/2017 2:28:45 PM
State regulations Lloyd. Not positive. But i think it has to do with the Colo River Drainage. We have Endangered Specie Act fish out here. I'm a die hard lure guy.I like the challange. But I take a few Skunkings knowing full well I wasn't using the right presentation. This topic comes up here every now and again. If I had to fish like I "mean it". Like for food. I'll take a bucket minnows and a can of worms over a tackle store of lures ! I was "raised" by meat fisherman. Guys who were really fishing for their meal that night. A few CP Swing spinners, and a Floating Rapala , were all the Lures any of thoes boys ever owned.
Lloyd Tackitt (Lloyd Tackitt), TX   11/6/2017 3:20:06 PM
Thanks Smelly - I was trying to figure out why fish up high wouldn't eat natural foods :-), now I understand, it's a rules thing. By the way, swing over to the Texas site and read my post today - it is about being raised a meat fisherman coincidentally...
bron, CO   11/6/2017 8:29:29 PM
Great read Lloyd! There is a time and place for every fishing method and my goal each trip is to get that first fish, after that I can play with different methods. Depending on my workweek, sometimes Im just as happy to kick back in a lawnchair with dough, worms, or cat bait and just enjoy being outside and letting the fish come to me if they are so inclined.
Lloyd Tackitt (Lloyd Tackitt), TX   11/7/2017 6:17:46 AM
Bron, that is spot on. I like to wade fish and cast to likely looking spots, moving along at a steady pace, on my feet for hours. I enjoy sitting and watching a bobber or a tight-line just as much. Both have their own attractions. The first has the action of moving and casting and the second has the attraction of being comfortable and contemplative. I'll do either at the drop of a hat!
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