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Choosing the proper lure to use


I have been asked many times about how to decide what type of lure to use when fishing. This is a very good question. Deciding what type of lure to use can be the difference between a great day on the water and just a day on the water.

Lures are divided into five or six categories. There are top waters that work on the surface, such as a buzz bait. Then there are baits that work in the mid-range depths, such as a crank bait. And then there are baits that work on the bottom, such as plastic worms or a jig.

All baits have a use at certain times, and using the right bait at the right time is very important to your fishing success. There are several factors you need to consider when deciding which bait to use — weather conditions, air and water temperatures, water levels falling and raising, the amount and type of cover in the lake, amount of fishing pressure on lake, and the time of year. All these things will affect the mood and feeding levels of the fish. When you know and use this information to set up a fishing pattern and a lure selection it will give you a good basic place to start.

Here are some basic rules in lure selection: If you are fishing a very clear lake or on a lake that receives a lot of fishing pressure, start with small natural colored baits fished on light line with light tackle. Make longer casts and fish as quietly as you can. Fish in clear water will feed mostly by sight so use natural colors. Fish in these type of lakes will be easy to spook, but also clear lakes are usually deeper and will have good smallmouth bass and walleye fishing. Small crank baits and plastics like tube baits and worms work well in these waters.

If you are fishing water that is off-colored or stained, then you can use bigger baits. Fish in stained water cannot see their food as well as fish in clear water, so they use sounds and vibrations to locate food. A struggling bait fish flopping near the surface or a “crawdad” clicking along the bottom will give off sounds and vibrations that a bass will use to locate. So using a bait that imitates these types of live bait will help you to catch active bass.

Baits that have built-in rattles are easily located by bass. Crank baits, jigs, worms, spinner baits and top waters are also good choices. Any bait that makes noise or throws water is a good choice in stained water.

If you will take time to watch nature it will tell you a lot about the activity of the fish that day and give you a clue of which bait to use.

I hope these tips will help you get started and help you have more fun fishing.

E-mail me at gabbysfishingfever @yahoo.com


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