Saltwater Fishing Big Game Lures Buying Guide

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Big game fishing is also known as offshore or deep sea fishing. While some anglers attempt to catch big game from inshore locations, most anglers prefer offshore fishing spots. Some venture out to sea in private boats, while others join charter groups. Big game fishing also includes trolling, where lines are cast from a moving boat. The most common big game species include:

the larger tunas, like bluefin, yellowfin, and bigeye tuna;

mahi-mahi, also known as dolphinfish or dorado;

sharks, like mako, greatwhite, tiger, and hammerhead sharks; and

billfish, like marlin, swordfish, and sailfish.

In some parts of the world, sharks are protected species. In the United States, 19 species are protected. Sharks that are caught should be released to avoid fines or imprisonment, and anglers should familiarize themselves with legal restrictions related to catching these fish.

As with lures used to catch smaller fish, the effectiveness of biggamelures depends on the angler’s ability to mimic a fish’s prey with the lure’s action, color, and size. Big game lures are far larger than their more commonplace relative.

Big game lures are generally made of metal, plastic, or rubber. These lures must be hardy and durable to withstand attacks from large game fish. As they are used in saltwater, they must consist of noncorrosive materials. The size of the lure is proportional to the size of the target fish, and is measured in weight rather than length. Lures come in a huge variety of colors, shapes, and sizes, and can be bought in tackle shops or online. Anglers should researchtheirtargetfish’s behavior and diet before buying lures.

Types of Lures

Different types of lures can be combined in a myriad of ways, making it nearly impossible to list all the lures available on the market. Big game fish generally respond best to bait simulators. In other words, lures shaped like squid or baitfish that are the same size as the fish’s usual prey tend to work best.


A jig is a weighted hook with a lead head attached right behind the hook’s eye. These lures can be used as they are, or combined with live or dead bait. They come in a range of designs, resembling everything from bait fish to invertebrates. The angler makes the lure "dance" by the rod’s motion, mimicking the movements of bait fish. Fishing with these lures is called "jigging," as it refers to anglers making the lures dance a jig. Jigs are designed to cover the water column from top to bottom. Streamlined jigs sink to the bottom, while those with a wide head drift down more slowly. Fish have different feeding habits. Some feed on the ocean’s bottom, and others feed at varying levels between the bottom and the surface. Learning where and how the target fish hunts is essential when using bait simulators.

Swimbaits are a variety of lead-head jigs that are built into soft plastic bodies. The bodies are built to copy the look of the bait being simulated. A bucktailjig is a jig with a skirt made from deer fur or synthetic hair. Additionally, some jigs imitate squid, a big game favorite. These have squid-shaped heads and a living-rubber skirt. Living-rubber behaves in a true-to-life way, and is very soft and flexible.

Metaljigs can be cast out, or dropped, and bounced along the bottom. Alternatively, they can be cast out and worked back in. Anglers should attach leaders and swivels to jigs to prevent the fishing line from twisting. Verticaljigs are built for speed, with their lifelike action dependent on the angler’s skills. He or she must pull the rod up and down to simulate the bait’s natural movements.


Spinners are built around a wire spine. Their bodies are constructed of colored beads, or painted shiny metal rings designed to attract fish through motion and color. Some spinners are fitted with rubber skirts for added color and movement. These lures have two eyes, one at each end. One accommodates the hook while the other serves as an attachment for the extra components of the lure. A spinner blade that spins in the vicinity of the body creates more motion. This blade is shaped like a flat, oval metal spoon.


Spinners with jigs attached are called spinnerbaits. These jigs usually have a rubber or soft plastic skirt attached. Spinnerbaits are built using a ‘v’ shaped piece of wire. The spinner is attached to one arm and the jig to the other. While they are not strictly classified as bait simulators, they do engage fish using two points of action. This creates extra sight and movement. The lure’s components should be constructed of rust-proof metals that do not corrode.

Plug Fishing Lures

Pluglures copy the movements of swimming bait fish. While these lures are available in molded plastic or wood, they were traditionally made from cork or carved wood. Some designs include a metal or plastic lip to make the lure dive deeper. Plug lures are often designed to look like minnows, bait fish, or squid. Some are designed to attract fish by using rattles, lights, or electronic vibrations. A castingswimmer is a type of plug made to work just below the surface, and works best in windy or rough conditions. Needlefishplugs come at a variety of sink speeds, and are used when casting over a distance.

Popping plugs, also known as poppers, imitate the noises and movements created by surface-splashing bait fish. They are dragged over the water’s surface rather than under it. As with most lure designs, poppers come in a range of shapes, colors, and designs, like pencilpoppers, jerkbaits, and stickbaits. These lures have to be moved by the angler to create the movement and sound needed to attract the target fish.

Spoon Fishing Lures

Spoonlures, or spoons, are shiny metal lures with a concave shape. They are broader on one end than the other. These lures are designed to attract fish by imitating the flashing, shining movement of smaller prey. Spoons are used when casting and trolling. Casting spoons travel easily when cast due to their weight. The speed of the trolling spoon is determined by its width and weight. Heavier, narrower spoons travel faster than lighter, broader spoons.

Soft Plastic Lures

Softplasticlures are most versatile due to the material’s flexibility. They can be created in any shape, color, or size. These lures can be added to jigs and bucktails, or used with live or dead bait. The most common designs include shrimp and bait fish.

Choosing the Right Saltwater Fishing Big Game Lure

Choosing the right lure for the right occasion depends on a number of factors. Anglers should have plenty of different lures in their tackle boxes to make sure the one they need is at hand when they are out at sea. Changing conditions could require a change of bait or lure. For example, darker colored lures are said to give a better silhouette against the gray sky, while lures in brightershades work better on sunny days. Some lures glowinthedark, while others use lights or vibration to attract fish. Additionally, the type of lure needed is affected by the season, time, weather conditions, water conditions, type of target fish, and the angler’s personal preference. Doingresearch about the fish one would like to catch, their feeding habits, their hunting methods, and their preferred depth and water conditions will give one the clearest indication of the best lure to buy.

Where to Find Saltwater Lures on eBay

BigGameLures are listed in the Saltwater Fishing section on eBay. This category is part of the Fishing section in the Outdoor Sports department, under Sporting Goods. Additionally, big game lures are listed in the fishing tackle and equipment shops under the Fishing section ineBaystores. If the item you want is not listed you cansaveasearch in My eBay to receive an automated email when the item becomes available. Alternatively, if you create a post in theWantitNow section, sellers will know what you are looking for.

eBay has several policies and features in place to offer you a safe and easy way to shop. eBay works with PayPal to keep your personal information safe. Never complete a transaction off eBay, and do not pay with an instant transfer method. Although unlikely, if your item does not arrive, or arrives in a condition unlike the one described,eBayBuyerProtection will refund your purchase and shipping costs.

eBay provides you with the seller’s number of completed sales and feedback score in order to let you make up your own mind before completing a transaction. This information lets you know what other buyers have to say about the seller’s products and services. Carefully check the terms and conditions of each sale. Some sellers offer free shipping or a money-back guarantee, and others have a returns policy. Remember to add the shipping and handling fees to the item’s price to work out its total cost.

Check the item’s photos and description before making a decision. Use the ‘Ask a Question’ link to ask the seller a question if you would like more information about the product. Do some research about the item to make sure you get a fair price.


Fishing for big game fish can be thrilling. Winning a fight with these large fish takes skill and cunning. Catching one is quite an achievement. eBay offers a huge selection of big game lures guaranteed to help land that prize fish.

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