Live bait or lures is an enduring debate among fishos although the choice between the two is not just a matter of preference.
It can significantly influence the outcome of a fishing expedition.
In this comprehensive guide, we delve into the pros and cons of lures vs live bait, and put it to the test in Central Queensland with a fishing challenge video.
The Case for Lures: Pros and Cons
Advantages of Lures
The big plus with lures is you don’t have to go catch the live bait! This can be challenging for some people which is why we created our Locating Livies course.
With lures, of course, you just dig into the tackle box and grab what you need. No mess in the boat. No time chasing bait.
In addition, lures offer the ability to cover more ground with different casting angles. Anglers can also choose from an extensive array of colors, shapes, and sizes, allowing them to mimic different prey.
I vary my retrieve speed, depth and change lures out, all to present the perfect opportunity for fish to bite. Such as in this video chasing barra, seeing them on the sounder, and adjusting depth to run directly in front of the fish.
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Drawbacks of Lures
However, the use of lures comes with its set of challenges.
- They are expensive.
- You can lose them easily.
- It is up to the angler to present the lure in an appealing way (whereas a live bait struggling will do that for you).
- Lure choice is a big factor and is usually done more successfully by experienced anglers.
One of the reasons we give for doing our live bait course (even if you want to use lures) is to learn how predatory fish hunt and how live bait react (so you can mimic it).
The Case for Live Bait: Pros and Cons
Advantages of Live Bait
Live bait, with its natural scent and lifelike movement, remains a timeless choice for many anglers.
It has the inherent ability to attract a broad spectrum of fish, making it particularly effective in enticing cautious or finicky species or those off the chew.
Early on in my career, I used a lot of live bait, although nowadays I’m mostly a lure fisherman. But there are times when I return to my live baiting roots. It’s a very effective way to catch good fish! e.g. you’ll see many of the big barra in this series with live bait hooks hanging out of their mouths.
Drawbacks of Live Bait
Live bait, however, is not without its drawbacks. The need for proper storage, considering factors like temperature and aeration, can be challenging. Plus its availability may vary based on location and fishing regulations.
Take a look at our previous blog on a built in (non-plumbed) live bait tank.
A Closer Look: Recent Experiences Live Bait or Lures
In a recent fishing challenge video, we compare our Pillager lures vs live bait and showcase their prowess in the hands of skilled anglers.
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Conclusion: Finding Your Winning Method
In conclusion, the debate between lures and live bait remains subjective, with each method offering distinct advantages and drawbacks.
Some anglers prefer to be more active in their fishing, preferring lures. Others prefer to crack a coldie and let the live bait do the work.
For those seeking in-depth insights into lure and live bait techniques, our online fishing courses provide valuable knowledge and expertise to enhance your fishing skills.
We appreciate your engagement and interest in exploring the dynamic world of fishing. Stay tuned for future blog content and videos that delve into additional fishing techniques, industry trends, and expert insights. Happy fishing!
I hope you enjoyed our live bait vs lures challenge
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