Lure Fishing, The Basics, The Species, The Lures.

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Lure Fishing Is Probably One Of The Fastest Growing Areas In Angling Today, With Such A Wide Variety Of Lures To Choose From It Can Sometimes Be A Bit Daunting Knowing What Lure To Buy And Where And When To Use It!

  1. The Basics: The First Thing To Establish Is Where You Will Be Fishing, Looking At A Venue At Low Tide Or Gaining Knowledge Of The Lake You Will Be Fishing Will Be The First Step To The Correct Lure Needed, There Is No Point Fishing A Deep Diving Plug In A Shallow Area For Example!

  2. The Species: The Second Thing To Establish Is The Species You Will Be Targeting. The List Is Endless Of The Fish That Will Take A Lure But Knowing What The Targeted Species Feeds On Is A Great Advantage To Help You Match The Lure Needed To Catch Them!

  3. The Lures: There Are Literally Millions Of Artificial Baits On The Market Today And All Of Them Have Their Uses In The Right Place At The Right Time.


The Popper Plug!

The Popper Is A Surface Working Lure That Is Ideal For All Surface And Sub Surface Species, Including: Bass, Garfish, Pollock, Pike And Zander In U.K. Waters And Barracuda,  Barramundi And Huge Gar To Name But A Few In The Worlds Warmer Climates.

How To Use A Popper:

There Are No Actual Ways To Fish A Lure Of Any Type As Many Anglers Use Lures In Different Ways, That Said There Are Things To Consider When Casting A Popper As Follows.. Look For Areas Which Will Hold Fish, This May Be A Reef, A Patch Of Floating Weed, A Submerged Tree Or Even A Deep Hole Or Pit In An Otherwise Featureless Area.

Popper Plugs Can Be Fished In Shallow and Deep Water For All The Above Species And Is One Of The Most Exciting Forms Of Lure Fishing Available. Once You Have Chosen Your Spot And Cast The Lure It Is Simply A Case Of Reeling In At Varying Speeds With The Rod Tip Held At An Angle To The Lure, Sweeping The Rod Sharply In A Back And Downward Action Will Cause The Lure To Splash And 'Pop' On The Surface Alerting Predators To Its Presence. Pausing The Lure During The Retrieve Will Also Give A Fish A chance To Home In On A Popper And Many Bass Which I Have Caught Have Hit On The Retrieve Shortly After A Pause, A Sight You'll Not Forget As The Fish Leaves The Water Before Burying Its Head With Your Reel Clutch Screaming Out Its Initial Run.


The Shallow Diving Plug! 

As Its Name Suggests The Shallow Diving Plug Dives From Depths From 1 - 2.5mtrs Depth And Will Catch A Whole Host Of Species Many Of Which Are Listed Above. The Size And Angle Of The Lip Or Bib At The Front Of The Lure Determines Its Dive Depth And Is Easily Worked Out By The Greater The Angle Of The Lip The Shallower It Runs Whereas The Shallower The Angle The Deeper It Will Go.

How To Use A Shallow Diver:

Again There Is No Hard Fast Rules Once The Area Has Been Chosen. I Personally Find Holding The Rodtip As Near To The Water Surface At An Angle To The Lure And Reeling As Fast As Possible The Simplest And Most Affective Way To Use These Lures. The Internal Rattle And The Darting Action Of These Seem To Do The Work For You, Again Pausing The Retrieve Briefly Adds That Extra Action As The Lure Starts To Float Slowly Back To The Surface. When It Comes To Hard Baits This Is One I Feel Most Confident With.


The Deep Diving Plug!  

This Lure Again Will Catch All That Swims, But Seems To Be A More Popular Choice For The Pike Angler And Doesn't Feature Much In A Saltwater Anglers Box. Its Fat Rounded Shape Imitates The Roach, Rudd  Or Even The Pouting And Can Be Used For Any Species Which Dines On The Above.

How To Use A Deep Diver:

Access To Deep Water Is A Must For These Lures As They Will Dive Upto 3.5mtrs, They Can Be Cast And Retrieved As With The Shallow Plugs But Seem To Produce The Goods When Trolled Behind A Boat At 3-4 Knots. The Water Resistance On These Lures At The Depth They Swim Is Quite Incredible And Your Wrists Will Soon Be Aching After Half An Hour Of Constant Retrieval.


The Jointed Plug!    

One Of The Most Popular Hardbait Lures Around, Its Slim Shape And Wiggling Action Make It A Classic And Feature In Everyones Lure Bag. These Great Plugs Imitate Any Slender Fish From Juvenile Mullet And Bass, Joey Mackerel, Smelt, Dace, Gudgeon Or Minnow But Are Without A Doubt The Best Sandeel Imitation On The Hardbait Market, Both In Its Shape And Action.

How To Use A Jointed Plug:

The Erratic Motion Of These Lures Plus The Internal Rattles Produce Enough Sound And Vibration In The Water To Get Even The Weariest Predator Out Of Hiding, A Simple Cast And Retrieve At Varying Speeds Combined With The Odd Twitch Of The Rod Will Soon Put A Fish On The Slab. Diving To Depths Of 2.5mtrs It Will Cover Most Plugging Situations. If It's Bass Your After, You Want To Have One Of These In Your Bag!


The Jelly Shad Soft Bait!  

Phenominal, The Only Way To Describe These Baits. These Soft Latex Lures Probably Outfish Any Other Lure On The Market Today. Their Versatility Is Endless And The Species That They Produce Is Basically The Species That Swim.....Everthing! These Lures Have A 'Feel Real' Texture And A Subtle Tail Action, They Are The Updated Version To The Classic 'Eddystone' Eel And Are Taking Specimen Fish Worldwide.

How To Use A Jelly Shad:

Where To Begin? There Are Many Methods To Apply To These Lures As They Can Be Cast, Trolled And Drifted With. As These Lures Are Un-rigged They Can Be Applied To Any Situation, Cast From The Shore Behind A Ball Lead Or A Small Split Shot Squeezed On The Line On The Nose Of The Lure, Rigged On A Simple Twin Or Single Patternoster With The Lead Bouncing On The Bottom Stiring Up Sand Or Silt, Trolled Behind A Boat On A Freeline In Shallow Water Or Drifted Over A Wreck Or Reef On A Flying Collar Rig.

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The Leadhead Shad:       

These Shads Can Be Cast And Retrieved Like A Plug And Have A Built In Leadhead Weight.  They Can Also Be Fished On A Flying Collar Rig In Deeper Water. The Internal Lead Keels The Bait So It Always Fishes With The Belly Down And Hook Up, Perfect For Bouncing Over Underwater Obstacles And Snags.

How To Use A Leadhead Shad:

Again A Simple Cast And Retrieve Works Best Adding The Odd Twitch To The Rod. Fished 'Sink And Draw' Will Also Get Results Allowing The Lure To Rest On The Bottom Occaisionally. These Lures Look So Lifelike When Retrieved Giving The Angler Great Confidence When Using Them.


The Spinner Bait:      

This Classic Lure Has Stood The Test Of Time Catching Everything From Launce Sandeel To Bass And Perch To Pike. Its Simple Spinning Fluttering Action And Vibration Always Seems To Trigger A Strike.

How To Fish A Spinner Bait: 

Sink And Draw Is Without Doubt The Best Method For These. Cast Out And Left To Sink Then Reeled With A Sweep Of The Rod Will Have This Lure Flasing And Darting In The Most Tantalising Way. This Is The Lure To Use When The Water Is Clear As Its Reflective Finish Needs Light In Order To Make It Fish Properly.

I Hope This Guide Will Help You Decide Which Lures You Need And When To Use Them.

Good Fishing!

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