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It is quite common to hear fishermen sitting around arguing about what bait works best for a particular situation. Everyone has had different experiences, so in some ways, everyone’s opinion is true because it is what has worked for them. In the ongoing debate as to which works better between quality salmon lures and flies versus live bait in New Hampshire, the jury is still out. There is a big group that swears that the lures work better than the live bait, and another group just as big that swears by the live bait that you can get locally at bait and tackle stores in Wolfeboro. Whatever your preference, there’s something to be said about the merits of both options.
All-Natural Live Bait
For hundreds of years, modern fishermen have use natural live bait to catch fish. In fact, some argue that it is one of the most effective, efficient and productive methods still available today. The reason for this is because of the way that the fish view the live bait. It has the smell, color, odor and behavior of the food sources that they would eat naturally in the lake, pond or stream. You don’t need to do a lot to the live bait in New Hampshire to get the attention of the fish. In reality, all you need to do is bait it and it does the rest for you.
When traveling to go on fishing trips, it is always best to purchase your live bait from local stores – don’t bring anything with you. Wolfeboro bait stores have a wide range of live bait options that you can use year-round. They are perfect to use with local New Hampshire boat rentals, which come in just about every size and type you could want at Hole in the Wall on Lake Winnipesaukee. As one of the most popular bait and tackle stores in Wolfeboro, Hole in the Wall also sells a wide variety of live bait options, in addition to salmon lures and flies. While the earthworm is common to just about every fisherman in America, it still pays to buy local.
Some of the live bait sold at Hole in the Wall include:
- Canadian crawlers
- Trout Worms
- Tip Up Suckers
- Cut Bait Suckers
- Meal Worms
Depending on where you come from you might have experience working with insects like grasshoppers, crickets, bees and beetles. Other popular options across the country include grubs and maggots, small frogs, ants, crayfish, tadpoles and aquatic snails. There are even some fishermen who will swear by fish roe and leeches.
Artificial Lures and Flies
When customers come in to the Hole in the Wall bait and tackle stores in Wolfeboro to get their New Hampshire boat rentals, they usually take some time to check out our local salmon lures and flies. Some fishermen prefer to use these artificial lures, which are made to look like common prey or that exhibit prey-like behaviors in the water. These common attributes are based on the color, size, shape and “flash” that the fish are attracted to the most. While they might look crazy out of the water, they most assuredly look tempting and delicious to our local fish.
Some shapes and styles are shiny and dazzling, while others are just tiny little bunches of fur and feathers that are used to tease the trout onto the hook. Experienced fishermen will often collect a variety of salmon lures and flies designed to attract a wide variety of different fish. An array of lures, each designed for a different species, depending on what’s biting; and for a different area of the water (top, middle or bottom), depending on where they are biting; and a different behavior or action, depending on what gets them excited; should always be brought along.
Some of the popular artificial lures sold in New Hampshire include:
- Crank Baits – look like small fish
- Plugs – mimic small fish behaviors
- Poppers – look like bugs on the surface
- Spoons – imitate the flash of minnows
- Jigs – decorative hooks with feathers, fur, etc.
- Spinners – like it sounds, spinning and flashing
- Flies – designed to look like flying insects
Come Visit the Hole in the Wall
Whether you are in need of New Hampshire boat rentals during your visit or are interested in taking a look at our salmon lures and flies at our bait and tackle stores in Wolfeboro, you can count on Hole in the Wall to have the very best of local equipment for fishermen year-round. We feature seasonal live bait in New Hampshire for locals and visiting fishermen at our Wolfeboro bait stores, as well as a wide variety of rental rods and reels and even ice fishing equipment in the winter. Give us a call at 603-569-HOLE (4653) to find out more about our full line of aluminum boats, power boats, row boats, canoes and kayaks, which are all available to rent.