WHILE we've discussed the main types of lures, there are still more sub-categories and hybrids within those we've briefly examined. Hybrid hard body/soft plastics, pre-rigged and pre-tuned soft plastics, flies, skirted trolling lures and many more.
Hopefully the main recurring point has been recognised. Experimentation is the key to consistently successful lure fishing. Whilst this experimentation can be frustrating due to the innumerable combinations of models, colours and styles available, once we start to crack the pattern, we should be able to narrow down our experimentation range to less than ten lures on a given day, targeting a particular species. If you apply this experimentation mindset to retrieval techniques, you’ll be well on your way to a successful outing.
One last point that I'd like to make is that, as in most of the things we utilise throughout our daily lives, we get what we pay for. Lures higher in price do deliver more bang for our buck. Some are made from tougher materials or use a more robust method of construction. Others may be sporting higher quality terminal tackle or deliver a significantly increased fish attracting action. Some brands will give more consistency across batches of the same model due to higher standards of quality control and tighter tolerances in their machining, materials or moulds. And some will deliver all of these characteristics in one package.
Whilst these lures can sound unbeatable, lower priced lures do still have their place. That keyword – experimentation - pops up again. It may be a case of the angler themselves needing to impart more action to the lure during the retrieve, upgrading terminal tackle if the factory supplied gear isn't up to the task, or something as simple as utilising a lower drag setting when fighting a fish using a particular lure.
Get out and give them a go. It's a great way to fish, you'll cover a lot more country and that strike on a lure compared to a bite on bait is incomparable.
Thanks for reading, and remember;
Talk to old people, they know stuff you don't.
Talk to young people, they know stuff you don't.