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How to Choose the Right Lure for Lure Fishing

Updated on March 12, 2011

In this article, we get on to the lures themselves, and this is where it gets complicated. You'll face lots of decisions in your fishing life but one of the most important is choosing the right bait, either real or artificial, which will tempt the fish on the day. You've really got to try and put yourself in the position of the predator. What will it be looking for? What will it want to eat? How can you present an artificial lure to look like a real, living creature?

Remember that every little bit of imagination you put into retrieving your lure helps. You're there to make the thing look as real as possible.

Let's first look at plugs. A plug is simply a wooden or hard plastic lure designed to look and move exactly like a small prey fish. The advantage of plugs is that you can choose one for whichever depth of water you want to explore. There are all sorts of plug designs and you may find them bewildering at first. However, as a rough guide, it pays to buy a few shallow divers that generally work from just under the surface, down to 6 feet (l.8m) or so. These plugs are ideal for weedy summer waters. Next, you'll probably buy a few top water plugs that work exactly where their name implies, right in the surface film, where they splutter and splash and really cause a commotion. The experience of drawing one of these back over the surface of the water, and watching the wake that it creates, can be very exciting... especially if an ever-growing bow wave is following it!

Then you'll need a few deep divers, which work at depths greater than 6 feet (l.8m) and can go down as far as 20 or even 30 feet (6-9m). These tend to be bigger lures, and they are mostly used in deep lakes through­out the northern hemisphere. They are especially useful in winter, or in very hot weather when fish go down deep to escape the sun.

With these three types of plug, you should have something in your box for most situations.

Soft plastic lures are made of rubberized plastic and come in all sorts of shapes and sizes. These are excellent for perch, trout, pike and zander. They are meant to imitate all kinds of underwater creatures... and some that have never existed at all. The soft plastic range includes worms, lizards, grubs, toads, frogs, rats, mice — just about anything you can think of that's ever swum across a pond. Some work on the surface, and some are intended to be jigged up and down closer to the bottom.

Jigging is simple: you just keep a tight line to the lure and move your rod up and down, allowing it to rise and then fall with a fluttering type of motion. You'll find that perch, in particular, will take the lures as they go in either direction.

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