Have you ever been in a spot where you can see that fish are feeding on bait… but they just won’t hit your lure? Or have you been on the same boat with someone using lures, but they’re catching fish and you’re not? Chances are, you’re probably making one of these three common lure mistakes. These mistakes are easy to make and they’ll pretty much guarantee you won’t catch anything… But the good news is that they’re easily fixed! This article reveals those mistakes are and how to fix them so you can start catching more fish than ever on lures.
MISTAKE #1: INCORRECT RIGGING.
Soft plastic lures rigged correctly will move naturally through the water. On the other hand, lures rigged incorrectly will spin unnaturally and won’t entice fish to bite. Incorrect rigging isn’t just about how you put soft plastic lures on hooks… It’s also about the knots you tie with your lures. Most lures need to erratically dart around for them to be effective, and most of the time that requires a loop knot. However, many anglers use snug knots with their lures which restricts the action of the lure. When that happens, you won’t catch as many fish as you could.
MISTAKE #2: CHOOSING THE WRONG LURE FOR THE SITUATION YOU’RE FISHING.
There’s a lot that goes into choosing the wrong lure for the situation you’re fishing in, but it mostly falls into three categories:
Choosing The Right Profile.
There are essentially two profile categories to choose from: baitfish or crustaceans. Which one should you use? Well, it primarily depends on what you’re seeing the fish eating when out on the water. If you see tuna blowing up on baitfish along the surface, then go with a baitfish profile. If you see whiting tailing and digging in the mud for crabs and shrimp, use a crab or shrimp profile. Another rule of thumb for if you can’t see anything is this: crustacean baits are better in colder months because baitfish are less prevalent this time of year, and baitfish profiles are better in warmer months.
Choosing The Right Size.
When choosing what size lure to use, you want to match the food source. If you’re seeing 3″ glass minnows get eaten, use a 3″ lure. If you’re seeing 6″ mullet get eaten, use a 6″ lure. Another good rule of thumb to remember is that baitfish are smaller in spring and larger in autumn, so a good plan is to use smaller lures in the spring and larger lures in late summer and autumn.
Choosing The Right Colour.
If you’re fishing in clear water, use natural or light colours. If you’re fishing in dark water, use either darker colours or those that reflect lots of light.
MISTAKE #3: IMPROPER PRESENTATION.
There are two big ways people make this mistake:
Fishing the wrong depth.
Fishing the right depth, but not retrieving the lure correctly.
The right depth is obviously dependent on the recent trends. Is the water extremely hot or cold? Then the fish will probably be deeper where the water temperature is milder. Is the water temperature more moderate? Then they’ll probably be in shallower water. As far as retrieving your lure correctly, another good rule of thumb is to use the lightest weight possible to get the lure to the bottom. In shallow flats, this is often a 3/16 oz. jig head or a weighted swimbait hook. In deeper water, a heavier jig head will be better.
The artificial lure mistakes above will cause you to miss fish, but they’re easily fixed once you know what they are. When you’re using artificial lures be sure to rig them correctly, choose the right lure for the scenario you’re fishing, and fish it in the right depth with the right retrieve.
Have you noticed anyone making these lure mistakes?
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