There are many benefits to artificial lures. They are durable and do not fall off the hook. Another perk is that the hook set tends to result near the edge of the mouth, with less chance of injury to the fish than live bait. An additional clever aspect of artificial bait is that it is not alive.
The topic of live bait can be a squeamish issue for kids, but lures and soft-plastics come in a variety of shapes that let you try fishing with a creature you know is a tasty prey item for fish, but would never put on a hook in real life.
Snakes. Any traditional rubber worm reeled in quickly or a floating version can resemble a small snake. The late “Bass Professor” Doug Hannon’s Original Fishing Snake even coils and has a triangular head.
Lizards. Although called “lizards,” these soft plastic lures are shaped to mimic their more aquatic cousins such as salamanders and newts.
Turtles. When they hatch or raid fish nests, juvenile turtles can become prey items by large game fish such as bass, pike, or muskies.
Birds. Once these weedless bird shaped topwater lures land, they rarely take off again.
Have you fished with a bizarre creature lure?
Andy Whitcomb is a columnist, outdoor humorist, and stressed-out Dad living in Pennsylvania. Visit him at www.justkeepreeling.com.