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Updated: 03/14/2014 08:00:03AM

My take on bait

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ladies first • dawn klemish

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Some baits jump, others have tiny, wiggling seizures — and those are fish of the “friendly” persuasion. There’s a whole class of nasty fish that sprouts sharp fins, or will try to stab, sting or bite you. If you want to fish, get over it … something is going to have to suffer in order for you to land dinner, and it’s better the bait than you.

Easier said than done though, right? I hail from the North, where you can catch any size of walleye, pike, bass, trout or perch with a simple earthworm on a hook. No one has problems killing a nightcrawler. I soon found out that trying to get Florida fish to eat a worm is worse than serving hot dogs at a five-star restaurant, without all the hassle of customer service complaints.

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