BIG bait = BIG fish?

Posted by Jeff Warner on 7/20/2022 to Salmon Fishing
Surely you've heard the saying; "BIG bait = BIG fish!", right?

But is that true?

Let's answer that question with a short video:

So, you might be thinking, "where did that idea come from"? 

While I can't answer the question of where it came from I can say that it can apply (on occasion) with a couple types of fish: 
  • Largemouth Bass 
  • Lingcod 
I'm sure there are other species that you could add to that short list but even with those mentioned above this saying isn't always the case. 

For example, in cold water you can catch really big Largemouth Bass with our 3" Miracle Worms on a drop shot rig. What's funny is that the same fish in warm water would devour a 10" trout sized swimbait or an fat 11" worm with no problem.

See what I mean?

Some will claim that this BIG bait = BIG fish theory applies to Brown Trout as well but that is definitely not true, especially since my personal best (15lb range) brown trout came on one of our 8mm soft beads!

In addition, we have customers who catch big king salmon on our mini egg clusters every year.

So here's the takeaway:

Don't focus so much on matching baits to the fish you're after, instead choose your bait to match the water conditions you have.

For example, I almost always use Mini Egg Clusters and or 8mm soft beads for trout, BUT, when the river is really high I don't use anything less than a 10mm soft bead.

The main reason for upsizing is just to help the fish see the bait from a greater distance to allow them more time to key in on it.

I could go on and on with different scenarios but I want to keep this short and to the point.

If you have any questions on this topic feel free to post them down below.

God Bless,

Jeff Warner
XFactor Tackle 

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