Catch a Fish with Modern Baits

Archeological research discovered that Homohabilis and Homoerectus were likely the pioneer fishermen and they lived an astonishing 500.000 years ago. Early fishing consisted of either catching fish by hand or using primitive tools made from natural material.

It wasn’t until 2000 B.C.E that the Chinese and Egyptians began to use more complex equipment made from bronze, bones, and silk. They were probably the first to use rods, hooks, and lines to catch fish.

Today, fishing is a whole different game. All kinds of sophisticated baits and fishing rods make modern fishing fun and enjoyable activity.

In this article, we will examine the two most common types of modern baits – plugs and artificial flies, explain how they work, and what is their best use.

Let’s “cast the hook”!


Plugs are hard plastic fishing lures, designed to mimic a wounded bait fish thus presenting themselves as an easy meal. They can be made as a single piece or constructed of two, three, or even more parts. These lures are usually fitted with either two or three triple hooks.

Plugs come in many different shapes, sizes, and colors, but we can differentiate the two most common types – surface plugs and subsurface plugs.

Surface plugs

Surface plugs are made to wriggle and splash on the surface. They are best used for fishing in calm, warm, and shallow waters. The most widespread types of surface plugs are:

Subsurface plugs

We can differentiate two types of subsurface plugs:

Subsurface plugs come in many different types, but the five most popular are:

Because of their flexibility and diversity, fishing plugs have been one of the most popular types of lures in the fishing community for years.

Artificial flies

Artificial flies are fishing baits that mimic aquatic insects in different stages of development, terrestrial insects, crustaceans, worms, baitfish, small reptiles, etc. You can find many different types of these lures in hunting and fishing stores like Natches, but the most common are streamers, nymphs, wet, and dry flies.

The most important aspect of fly fishing is knowing what type of bait to use for a targeted fish. For successful fly fishing, you need to choose the lure that will act like the fish’s natural prey.


In the words of Justin Morgan: “ It doesn’t matter if the rod is or isn’t bent. Time spent fishing is time well spent.”

If you are passionate about fishing you will quickly learn what baits to use in specific situations. In the meantime, we hope our article can serve you as a good starting point for your exciting fishing journey.

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