Walking into your local tackle store and looking at the endless wall of available fishing lures, in so many different shapes, sizes, colours and designs can be an extremely daunting task for anyone who just wants to try fishing with a few lures next time they are out on the water.
Fishing with lures to catch fish, is a method that has been around for centuries, and fly fishing was probably the first recognised as a sport.
With today’s technology and research, fishing with lures has become a science.
A good lure is designed to resemble and move like the prey of a fish.
Movement vibration and colour are all important factors when attracting different fish species.
On any given day having a variety of lures to use can be the key to success.
Sometimes it seems like fish have moods, If they are chasing red surface fishing lures today, then you better have a red surface lure in your kit, or your going home empty handed.
Although a lot of research has been put into design and shape of various brands of fishing lures, I still believe it is still not an exact science, and luck can still play a big role!
The only way to know what lure to use in a given situation is to try and test as many as you can, until you find one that gets the fish excited enough to strike.
This covers the range of surface lures, like poppers and stickbaits, as well as plugs (crankbaits/minnows) and deep water jigs.
These lures are designed to mimic a sick or injured fish that is usually found close to the surface, Although some people have their favourites that they will always stick with, trying different styles and colours until you find what works on the day is usually the best approach
Personally I have not used one of these blades yet, but my brother Rob swears by them, and has the catch rate to prove it.
Each and every one of these metal blade lures he has used to catch fish in the local river. Trevally and bream are real suckers for these little numbers, and for the price you can afford to have at least one of each colour in your tackle box.
Soft plastics like squidgy’s and other swim baits are designed to look and act like bait fish or other animals that fish may prey on such as frogs, squid, grass hoppers or other large insects.
Soft plastics are combined with the right weighted jig to allow the angler to cast into the strike zone, It is the action of the lure, as well as the action the angler uses with his rod that helps to attract predatory fish to these types of bait.
Grab a handful and have a go for species like bream, flathead and whiting in you local river or estuary system.
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Artificial flies and small jigs are the most common lures for catching large and small mouth bass, trout and salmon.
Fly fishing is an art form, and being able to spot your prey, place the fly precisely in front of it, and then retrieve the line to make the fly look natural, takes many many hours of fishing time to perfect.
A large number of fly fisherman prefer to create their own flies using hair and feathers to look like insects or bugs that these varieties of fish like to eat.
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Spinnerbaits, wire baits and spoons, attract fish because of there shiny surfaces, colours and erratic movement through the water.
Proper retrieval of these lures helps to get the right action and improve the chance of attracting the attention of a big predatory fish.
I have seen home made versions of these types of lure work just as well as the most expensive brands available, because sometimes when the fish are on, it doesn’t matter what you have attached to your line, as long as it has a sharp hook!
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All of the above lures can be effectively used for surface or topwater fishing.
The secret to good surface fishing is in the retrieval, whether it be a slow to fast direct retrieval, a side to side or twitch style retrieval, that uses the rod tip to really get your lure moving erratically.
Trying different retrieval styles can be the key to finding which method gets the fish fired up.