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What is a good lure for finding out what type of fish are in a body of water? What will almost all fish bite on?

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  • What is a good lure for finding out what type of fish are in a body of water? What will almost all fish bite on?

    What is a good lure for finding out what type of fish are in a body of water? What will almost all fish bite on?

  • #2
    A jig and curlytail grub or a spinnerbait are two good choices for exploring new water.

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    • #3
      First question: Go fishing.

      Second question: white twistertail grubs of vairous sizes, or a nightcrawler.

      You could always go to the lake and ask a few people you find fishing there. Most of us will happily talk fishing with anyone. The rest of us are jackasses.

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      • #4
        crankbaits, grubs as others have mentioned, and inline spinners all work well on multiple species, or live bait like crawlers or minnows.

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        • #5
          If you define the term "body of water" better, it is easier to determine the best set-up for the situation. For example, I live on the coast of the Gulf of Mexico, so "Gulf" is my first reaction when thinking of a body of water. Rivers and their tributaries are bodies of water. But probably the most common bodies of water are lakes and ponds. In all cases "live bait" will be the best choice to feel out a new area so you have to look for the lowest creature on the food chain in the shallow areas of where you are surveying the fishing situation. Once you can see the shrimp, killifish, minnows, crawfish, tadpoles, frogs, willow flys, or what ever is the most common food source in the area, you then know what the fish higher up on the food chain will eat.

          There are several different situations where fish bite, the most common of which is defending territory. They attack intruding threats without the thought of it being food and are easier to catch in this mode. A bass for example only has to eat about once every 48 hours, but will defend its territory 24/7. Yet they must eat even if it is on a 48 hour schedule and presenting the food that they are most familiar with as a very easy meal is a sure fire way to catch them.

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