How To Fish With Lures

How To Fish With Lures
Lures are a strong alternative to live bait. Navigating the assortment of different types available does require some knowledge of where to fish with them and how. Once the angler becomes familiar with the many lures at her disposal, she will increase her success rate on the water.


Difficulty: Moderately Challenging

Things You’ll Need:
  • Rod and reel Plastic worms Worm weights Offset worm hooks Spinnerbaits Crankbaits Spoons Topwater lures
  • Rod and reel
  • Plastic worms
  • Worm weights
  • Offset worm hooks
  • Spinnerbaits
  • Crankbaits
  • Spoons
  • Topwater lures
Step 1
Texas rig plastic worms to fish them in weedy hotspots on high test braided fishing lines (see Resources below). Use this rig to make plastic creature baits "weed-less" as well. Use worm weights to sink these lures down to the bottom after a cast and then raise the rod tip up to make the plastic lure rise up. Reel in a little line and then allow the bait to descend back to the bottom before repeating this procedure. Watch the line for movements, twitches or tautness as this indicates a fish is taking the lure. Set the hook hard and play the fish through the weeds.
Step 2
Cut through the weeds with a spinnerbait. These combine blades and a vinyl skirt that conceals an oversized hook. Fish a spinnerbait with just one blade rapidly. Retrieve multi-bladed spinnerbaits at a more leisurely pace. Cast these lures beyond weeds and reel them through, prepared to have to set the hook when a fish strikes it.
Step 3
Target fish suspended at specific depths by using crankbaits. Decide on where in the water fish are cruising and select the appropriate crankbait. Lipless types will travel just beneath the surface. Those with a lip in the front of the body will go deeper when reeled faster. Choose crankbaits when the water is not clear. Fish these near structures such as fallen trees, but try to avoid snagging them.
Step 4
Use spoon lures in open water. These lures resemble baitfish and come in an array of colors. Tie a spoon onto your line without a swivel to give it a more natural movement. Cast it out and retrieve it before it hits the bottom. Change the speeds of your retrieval until you find one that gets fish to bite. Constantly clear the treble hooks of any debris before each cast.
Step 5
Switch to topwater lures as the sun begins to set or on overcast days. Use them in low light scenarios when the water is calm or there is a very light breeze. Retrieve these lures methodically, with jerking motions interrupted by long periods of letting the lure remain motionless. Target the shallows and in between patches of weeds. Be sure to reel in prop baits and buzzbaits, which attract fish by agitating the water, fast enough to keep them from sinking below the surface.

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