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Cody Thompson

Delano, Minn.

Live bait vs. Artificial bait? Your thoughts.

What are your opinions on the great debate of live bait vs. artificial bait?? I'm going to keep this one short and give you my thoughts. When every young kid starts fishing he or she is introduced to live bait such as nightcrawlers, wax worms and minnows why is this?? Is it because it catch's more fish or because its less work?? I would say less work. I believe that artificial bait catch's more fish and younger kids should start using it if they show a great deal of interest in fishing. When I started fishing I used to think it was impossible to catch fish on artificial baits, as I got older I started using them second to none. There are several different colors and styles making the possibilities endless in trying to make a fish bite. Plus artificial bait is cheaper in the long run as you can store it for several months and even years without it going bad. Live bait is too sensitive to hot and cold making it very challenging at times to keep it alive. You can also lose all your live bait in a matter of a few seconds if someone tips the bait bucket over, who wants to ruin the fishing trip just like that! What are your experiences with live bait compared to artificial bait??

The countdown is on.......

If you are like me I consider Minnesota's bass opener to a kid waking up for his first Christmas. The crisp and clear morning is like no other, the glass like waters ready for a day of fun. The thought, then reality of the clam water breaking as you hook into your first bass of the year, the excitement is indescribable at times.  Many fisherman in the state believe that bass fishing is "easy and not fun", I once had the same opinion until I fished with a few people who targeted them specifically. They opened up my eyes and I have been hooked ever since. The largemouth and smallmouth bass are a very powerful and exciting fish to catch, especially when it's in the 4lb + range. I agree that bass are one of the easier species to catch but I would have to strongly state only the determined and/or experienced fisherman catch the "big bucketmouths" on a regular basis. The thrill of hooking one of these beauties is what keeps many of us fishing day after day, add the fact that you can cash a paycheck it will keep you going, trust me! I encourage others who don't like to bass fish or haven't tried bass fishing to try it in 2009; you may get hooked like I did! Have a safe and enjoyable 2009 fishing season.Thoughts, comments and suggestions are always welcome. Check back next week for more.........