You’ve probably seen fishermen tying fishing bait to their hook, eagerly awaiting their catch to fall for it. However, the type of bait you use plays a huge role in the type of fish you catch. Because let’s face it; not all bait is the same.

When you’re heading out for a fishing session, consider the type of fish you want to catch. The rule of thumb is to pick bait that represents and mimics the area’s natural environment. Here are some of our favorite fishing baits—ranked in ascending order.

4. Leeches

Leeches can be easily purchases from any bait store. Once you buy them, you’ll have to use them immediately, but you can always refrigerate them if you want them to last longer. Fish get lured in easily by leeches and the wriggling moves they make when they’re thrown into the water.

Pro Tip: Be patient with how slowly leeches swim. That’s exactly how they attract fish.

3. Mussels and Freshwater Clams

You can always use mussels and clams as bait in regions where they’ve got a thriving population. If you don’t have time to buy them at the store, you can always collect them by visiting shallow seawaters. Make sure you crack open their shells before you serve them to the fish.

Pro Tip: Open the shells and set the mussels or clams under the sun so they can harden. This will let them stick to the fishing hook better.

2. Minnows

Minnows can be easily found in any fishing store but you can catch these baby fish in the water too. Just make sure you’re not violating any state laws regarding the fishing and transportation of minnows. If you’ve got a hold of minnows legally, you’ll thoroughly enjoy your session. These critters are natural swimmers and can easily attract bigger fish.

Pro Tip: Keep the hook away from the minnow’s spinal cord or it’ll get paralyzed and be unable to swim.

1. Worms

Worms are by far one of the most popular types of fishing bait and are most definitely our favorite (No surprise there!). One reason for the worm’s popularity as bait boils down to the fact that they are plentiful in number. You can easily buy them in bulk from us at a fraction of the cost you would otherwise pay for the aforementioned baits. Make sure you know the type of worm to hook for the right catch. Night crawlers are great for catching bass while Red Wigglers are perfect for trout or sunfish.

Pro Tip: Place a small piece of the worm on the hook or the fish will nibble the dangling part without touching the hook.

If you’re also a fan of worms and want to buy them in bulk as fishing bait, get in touch with us! At MeMe’s Worms, we take pride in being able to deliver to you top-quality, 100% live worms at affordable rates.