I'm sorta new to the fishing game I've been doing it for a few years casually, but I've started to appreciate it more lately. I like to fish in some of the lakes/ponds in Raleigh and was wondering what's the best type of bait to use in freshwater?
Thanks for the greetings! I was wanting to catch some Bass or or Blue Gill. What are typically the most common species of fish in the lakes/ponds? I have been checking out a lot of the website and there are a lot of useful information! I just need to spend some time and go through it all.
Bass, bream (bluegill, sunfish, shellcracker, etc), crappie, catfish probably the most popular target species in lakes and ponds. Lakes that have stripers are some of the bigger lakes like Jordan, and some are stocked with "Body Bass" which are mostly referred to as Hybrids (White bass / striper hybrids).
Live bait fishing you'd do well with night crawlers or especially crickets on a small hook lightly weighted and dunked under a bobber. That'll get you bream and crappie, and sometimes bass. Small minnows dunked under a bobber will get you crappie and bass. Catfish probably some of the same but I only catch them by accident myself.
Artificials - well that opens up a much broader subject, but a good place to start would be a small spinner or small shallow diver. Beetle Spins, Panther Martins, Rooster Tails - those are easy to find and just a matter of cast and rertieve at various depths, trying not to get hung up on brush or the bottom. Just about anything will hit those (bass, bream, crappie).
Freshwater fishing forums and the reports sections will become a wealth of information for you. If someone talks about something you want clarification on, just post up and ask. Most people on this site are very friendly and helpful.
Welcome to the forum and nice handle. For startes I would do as others have suggested. Start with spinners, crank baits, etc. A beetle spin is a good bait because you can catch a lot of different fish with them. Once you get your feet wet a little more you can move onto things like senkos, jigs, and other plastics.
Kudos for searching on here to find what you want. There is a wealth of information on here and just about any type of fishing is covered here.
Blakemore road runners were always the best pond lure for me. A 1/8 oz. red road runner head with a white curly tail on 8# test will catch about anything in a pond,but experiment with other colors too.