Fishing with Lures.

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Many people try their hand at fishing at some stage. Generally it is not for some time after this that we progress from humble bait soaking to trying our hand at lures, be it hard plastic or soft plastic.  Selection of a lure is important, and all the considerations of colour, action, size, weight etc should be matched as well as possible to the species you plan to target. Obviously targeting Australian Bass on a 20cm deep diver is ludicrous. Once an angler selects his/her lure for the type of fish they are targeting it is usually a matter of tying it on and throwing it out and FISH! Right? Wrong.

  

          Match The Hatch                      Choose the right lure                 Bream on Lurestreet

Lure fishing can be sometimes extremely frustrating and uneventful, forcing some back to soak a bait and give up on it as a bad job. Unfortunately, many lure fishermen work hard for years to develop their techniques and with this hard work and dedication comes the ability to catch fish when no one else can. Sure, we can say they have a better lure than ours, it cost more, it's a better colour, it's a better brand etc etc. The truth is they have more experience and have worked hard over a long period to develop their skills, and by and large really deserve their success.

Novice lure fishermen sit and watch those great fishing videos of all those fish being caught, surface strikes, massive Barramundi leaping out of the water, 4kg Bass belting poppers, 2kg Bream being prized off the leases, sure it all happens but not to us all.

The best tip I can give here to help any lure fisherman along his way is the way the lure is attached to the line. A simple half blood or fishermans knot directly to the lure. WRONG!!! Many anglers are used to this knot as a way of attaching a hook when bait fishing and transfer this knowledge to the lure. A solid knot like this will impede the action of the lure and it will not present as it should in the water, therby limiting the amount of interest that lure will generate (from fish) when in the water.

The simple LOOP KNOT for me is the way to go. It is in fact a half blood but the line is tied with a simple loop before the line is passed through the Lure Tow point, this tag end is then twisted around the line above the loop you made 5 or 6 times and passed through this loop. A little bit of spittle to lubricate and pull tight. You should end up with something that looks a bit like a hangmans noose without the slip. The lure now has the ability to move freely in this loop and will work as the manufacturer intended. This is just one small step in the long journey a novice lure angler will take, but it is an important one. Good Luck.

 

 

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