Tilapia are mouth brooders. They keep their own eggs in their mouths untill they hatch. They are also primarily vegitarians, but have been known to hit worms. Carrots, peas, and dough baits should also work though.I caught a 3.2 # tilapia on a lure but it was a snag on accident in Arizona this guy thought I had the state record but was about 3# off. I have caught tilapia on nightcrawler before and it was not a snag. Also the 3.2# tilapia whole mouth was full of fish eggs.