Here's how to use dip baits

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Dip baits can be used in any water conditions

Customers that have never used dip baits often ask how to use dip bait for catfish. A true dip bait is not a sponge bait in the traditional sense. Dip baits are designed to hold on longer than the old spongebaits do.

The second part of the secret to holding the bait long is the use of specially designed plastic lures to go with the baits. Our favorite is the ones from Cat Tracker. They have four types in a wide selection of colors.

To use them, the angler just "dips" his lure in his bait. Actually, it's a little more than dipping. The lure is placed on the surface of the bait and then pushed into it with a stick. The important thing to remember is to always have a dry lure. If you dip a wet lure in the bait, it won't stick as well. That's why using sponge (like we used to with sponge bait) is not a good idea.

Think about what sponges do. They absorb water. That hastens how fast the bait washes off. While that's good in terms of spreading the scent of the bait, it's not good in terms of how often you have to reel in and bait again.

With the pastic lures from Cat Tracker, the dip bait sticks to the plastic. That's why it's important to always use a dry lure. Many of our customers use a snap swivel so when they are ready to put bait on again, they take off the wet lure and hang it up to dry. Then they put on a dry lure, dip it and start fishing again without spending time to dry off their lure

From still water to fast currents,
there is a dip worm for any condition

 Still Water

The stick worm is designed for this type of fishing. Made with bait holding ridges the entire length of the lure and rigged with a treble hook, it is the choice of most of our customer for fishing in ponds and small lakes.

 Slow Current

The egg worm uses the same ridge design and treble hook that the stick worm does. It goes another step to help in currents by having an egg shape at the top of the lure. That shape helps deflect water from the body when you're fishing in a current.

  Faster Currents

The tubie worm incorporates a different design from the ridged solid body. It's a hollow body with holes throughout the length. With it, the anglers push the lure into the bait and move it around to force bait into the inside of the body. Then as the surface bait washes off, there is a reservoir of bait inside to slowing wash out. Treble hooks and leaders are furnished. Some people use single hooks instead to make it more difficult to get hung up on snags and easier to take the hook out of fish.

 Faster Currents

The Tubie 2000 takes the orginal tubie another step by incorporating an egg shap with ridges on the top. It does for the hollow baits what the egg worm does for the solid lures. Like with the tubie, anglers push the lure into the bait and move it around to force bait into the inside of the body. Then as the surface bait washes off, there is a reservoir of bait inside to slowing wash out. Single hooks and leaders are furnished. Some people use different styles of hooks to suit their personal preferences. You can use this lure anywhere.

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