Best Artificial Baits
In late years since bait-casting has become so popular large numbers of artificial baits have been placed on the market. They are of every imaginable shape and combination of colors, and to describe all of them or to say which is best is impossible; indeed, I can say that there is no "best" bait, for the one that catches the most fish one day must take a back seat the next, and some other one will prove more tempting. Again, the bait that is good in some waters is not good in others.
Some time ago there was a warm controversy between the manufacturers of the Decker and the Coaxer baits, which ended in a fishing contest. The outcome could hardly be called decisive, but it was proved conclusively that they are both excellent baits for black bass.
There are many baits of the minnow form and I think they are all attractive at times. These are made in all colors, usually have a spinner at head and tail and three sets of treble hooks, the rear treble sometimes feathered. Some of these have weedless hooks and if the water is grassy or weedy it is best to use that kind, otherwise the plain ones are preferable. Some of these minnow baits have no spinners at all and some have only one or two gangs of hooks. There are large ones and small ones; fat ones and slim ones.
Some of these are surface baits and some are underwater baits. One known as the Wagtail Witch dives beneath the surface when reeled in rapidly, otherwise rides on the surface. The Nemo bait is both a surface or under-water bait, depending on where the weight is placed. The Roamer resembles a large bug and it is said to be a good bait. Some, such as the Moonlight Floating Baits, are luminous for use at night. There is a Pearl Minnow which is a combination of spoon and minnow bait, and so the list mounts up and each season there are many new ones added to the list.
One that is known as the Booster bait is on the border between the artificial and the natural baits. It is made of red, white and yellow cloth and is filled with substances said to attract fish by its taste or odor when wet. It has no hooks and is used same as a natural bait. Each bait will last for a day or a day and a half of fishing.
Brooks, Lake. The Science of Fishing. Columbus, OH: A.R. Harding, 1912. Print.
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