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In the world of fishing, there are two distinct camps: those who prefer the classic method of using real bait, such as your typical worms and crickets, and those who prefer the more modern artificial lutes and baits.  

And as it often happens, the is no specific answer to the question “which one is better?” The truth is, both real and artificial bait have their advantages and applications, depending on the type of fish you’re after and the kind of water you’ll be fishing in.  

If you ask us, artificial bait is the superior choice, thanks to the sheer variety of different bait and lure styles available to you, each designed for specific fish. Whether you’re after trout, pike, bass, or salmon, there is a type of bait or lure that will do the job perfectly — from jigs and spinners to swimbaits and buzz baits.  

At Natchez Shooters Supplies, we are proud to offer a great variety of the most popular bait and lure styles, along with the rest of the tackle you might need. Explore our selection of baits, rods, reels, lines, hooks, and accessories to build the perfect setup for your next catch! 

Baits FAQs: 

  1. What is the difference between baits and lures?  

Traditionally, fishing bait refers to live or, at least, organic bait, used to attract fish — such as worms, insects or roe. Meanwhile, the term “fishing lure” refers to the colorful artificial bait typically used to attract predatory fish. However, ever since artificial fishing lures became overwhelmingly popular, the terms “bait” and “lure” are often used interchangeably. 

  1. How much do fishing baits and lures cost?  

Depending on the exact style and purpose, artificial fishing lures can set you back anywhere between $1 and $150 a piece. Hard lures that emulate the look of an actual fish tend to be on the more expensive end, while soft lures and jigs tend to be the cheapest kinds. 

  1. What are the different types of fishing baits?  

There are many different types of fishing baits and lures out there, each designed for specific types of fish and fishing conditions. The most popular bait types include:  

  • Soft baits: Soft baits are most affordable of the bunch and are designed to emulate the look of different live baits: worms, insects, small fish, roe, and so on. They are very versatile and work with many different kinds of fish — however, they are usually preferred by bass anglers.  

  • Swim baits: Swimbaits are typically extremely realistic reproductions of actual fish and other sea creatures that are primarily used to target gamefish of 10 lbs or more in weight — most notably, large bass. These are among the most expensive types of lures — the largest and most realistic examples can set you back north of $150.  

  • Jigs: Jigs are the best representation of a fishing lure — simple and colorful, consisting of a jig head with multiple dangles attached to it to attract the fish. Because jigs come in different colors, shapes, and sizes, they are just as versatile as the classic soft baits.  

  • Spinner baits: Spinner baits may seem complex at first glance because they consist of multiple elements — typically, a jig-like lure and one or more shiny metal blades that spin like a propeller when the bait is in motion. The reflection from those blades is precisely what attracts the fish. This bait variety works best with predatory fish, such as pike or perch. 

  • Buzz baits: Buzz baits are similar to spinner baits in terms of construction — they also consist of a jig-like lure and a blade. However, the blade in a buzz bait is not designed to spin and reflect light to attract the fish. Instead, a buzz bait blade creates a buzzing disturbance in the water as it spins, which is what makes buzz baits effective in attracting large predatory fish.  


  1. Are artificial baits good for beginners?  

There is a misconception that beginner fishermen should use live bait instead of lures because live bait is simpler and cheaper. However, that’s not the case, and artificial baits are more than suitable for beginners! 


  1. What fishing styles do artificial baits work with?  

Artificial baits and lures will perform well in any fishing style, from the classic rod and reel to handlining, longlining and angling. The only exception is fly fishing, for which you need special lures called flies.

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