Sea Fishing Lures Explained
Lure fishing has become extremely popular here in the UK, not only when targeting freshwater species such as Pike and Perch, but also when targeting saltwater species such as Bass, Pollock or even Cod. Over the last decade or so, lure fishing popularity has increased tenfold, resulting in an explosion of new tackle hitting our streets. Led by the USA, lure fishing is fast becoming as popular as conventional bait fishing, but what is it about this trendy new style of fishing that every angler just has to have a go at?
On a safety issue, knowing the venue you are fishing or intend to fish is an absolute must. Always carry a mobile phone with you and ideally let someone know where you are going. It is all too easy to be caught out by a rising tide or slippery patch of rocks. Always think safety first and fish another day if necessary.
Lure fishing is about outwitting the fish, learning how a target species lives, how it feeds and then mimicking its food source. The use of light tackle on braided line allows plenty of sport with even the smallest of fish able to put up a serious fight. There is nothing more exciting than when a fish hits your lure. It's a pure adrenaline rush! The ability to rove along the beach is also a plus too. Varying states of tide, weather conditions and temperature can all determine how and where a fish chooses to feed. Armed with a light rod, reel and few lures and necessities you can fish just about anywhere.
Lures are available in many different styles, weights and materials. To keep things simple we have spilt our selection of lures into four categories: Soft Lures, Hard Lures, Spoons and Spinners and Jig Heads.
The development of soft lures has changed the way we fish with lures dramatically. A soft lure is generally made from a hot melt plastic material that is poured into a mould. A number of different varieties are available from worms, shads, crabs and shrimps. The beauty of fishing a soft lure is its ability to move and its flexibility, soft lures are some of the most realistic lures available and most deadly. Some soft lures are even pregnated with a scent to further attract the fish.
Hard lures have been around for years and were typically made from wood before the intervention of plastics. A good hard lure can be fished in a number of ways depending on what you are fishing for. When you purchase a hard lure it will generally be categorised as either a floating lure, sinking lure or diving lure, amongst other types, but these three being the most popular. Depending on what and where you intend to fish will determine which of these lures you will fish with. If you have had little or no success using a floating lure try using a diver or sinking lure you might be pleasantly surprised. There is no hard and fast rule, what works one day, might not be as productive the next.
Another type of lure and possibly one of the most popular is the spoon and spinner lure, these brightly painted metal lures glitter and flash a variety of colour as they are retrieved through the water column.
Again available in a number of shapes and sizes these metal lures have been used to attract Bass, Pollock and Mackerel amongst a whole host of other fish. Favourite lures in this range include the Flying Fish Lure, Slim Jim Lure and Slither Lure.
Another vital piece of lure fishing tackle is the Jig Head. A jig head is essentially a weighted hook which is passed through the lure, these are essential when fishing with soft lures as they give the lure, weight for casting and depending on the type of jig head used, change the soft lures characteristics when in the water, especially on the seabed. Jig Heads are available in a number of different sizes and weights and again depending on what you are fishing for will determine which jig hook you use.
Regardless of which lure you use, one thing they all have in common is their colour. Some are bright, some are dark. Some even resemble natural baitfish. It's up to you to decipher which one works best for you and where. On dull cloudy days the brightest sparkly lure might not be as productive as a dark coloured lure and vice versa.
One thing is for sure, Lure Fishing can be extremely productive and when performed safely can be great fun too.