How to Fish With Artificial Lures

How to Fish With Artificial Lures
While live bait is a popular choice among anglers large numbers of fishermen opt to employ artificial lures. These lures come in many different shapes and forms and are designed to be used under different conditions and for different types of fish. Knowing how to utilize artificial lures increases a person's odds at being successful on a fishing trip. Follow these helpful tips.


Difficulty: Moderately Challenging

Step 1
Cast a Texas-rigged plastic worm into the lily pads for bass. Plastic worms come in so many colors and designs that it is often hard to choose which one to use, but a good rule of thumb is to keep the colors light in clear water and darker in murky conditions. Hook one onto a worm hook through the top part of the worm and let the hook come out about half an inch down. Thread the worm through and then turn the hook and embed it into the body of the worm. This makes the plastic worm able to be cast into weeds without snagging. Throw this type of artificial lure on top of weeds and slowly reel it in, letting it sink into the water as it is pulled off the lily pads where the bass will often strike it.
Step 2
Use a stop and go technique to retrieve a top water plug. Artificial lures are designed to resemble creatures, such as frogs, salamanders, mice and fish, that game fish will go after from below. After casting them out let them sit for as long as 20 seconds before bringing them in with jerking motions of the rod tip, letting them sit after each movement.
Step 3
Keep a buzz bait moving on top of the water. These unique lures are built with spinning propellers that will churn the water up as the lure is brought back to the angler. However, it is imperative to begin the retrieve as soon as the lure hits the surface to keep it on top of the water. Fish will be attracted to the commotion and often you will see them coming after it near the top of the water. Remember to keep your rod tip up as you bring a buzz bait in to help it stay on top.
Step 4
Tip a jig with a bit of live bait, such as a minnow or worm. A jig is smaller and fools fish by looking like a fish or frog. The head of a jig is weighted and many types of jigs have added features, such as feathers, hair, or plastic pieces that look like minnows or worms. You can make this presentation even more attractive to a fish by adding a piece of a minnow or a bit of a night crawler. Cast a jig out and let it sink before bringing it back with jerking motions.
Step 5
Try different color spoons until you have success with a certain type. On some days fish will hit everything that they see but on others the fish may be finicky. Spoons are normally used in deeper water and attract fish like crappies, pike and bass. By having a good selection of colors, you may be able to keep changing spoons until you find one specific color pattern that turns the fish on. Spoons should be reeled in at a steady pace with the rod tip high to keep them fluttering.

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