KandleFish Lures

Deadly Tips from the Pros

Dramatically increase your catches with small Kandlefish (K-Fish) in shallow water:

The 1/6, 1/4 and 1/3-oz Kandlefish can produce exceptional worldwide catches when casting from shore or from a slow drifting boat. Think small for big catches! It is truly a most enjoyable, easy and productive way to fish for the entire family. No need for heavy and expensive equipment or hard-to-master techniques. These small sizes are especially effective in calm, slow moving fresh or salt water, in less than 20 feet deep, for all fish that prey on baitfish.


Match your equipment with lure size…lighter tackle for lighter lures. Spinning tackle, spooled with 6-12 LB braided line, works best for longer casts, no line twist and positive hook-sets.  Attach 1-2 feet of clear mono, or fluorocarbon, leader to your braided main line with a double uni-knot.  No swivel is necessary because braid does not twist. The longer your rod, the longer your leader can be. Finally, attach a wide bend duo-lock snap to the end of your leader for even more lure action. Do not use a snap swivel unless when trolling. Fresh water is not as dense as salt water…your lure will fall faster because of less resistance. As a result, you can use lighter lures in fresh water. Basically, cast with the lightest lure possible to reach your target in shallower water. This gives fish more time to see its flash and sense its vibration.


Cast your Kandlefish on a tight line for line control (less missed strikes) and increased lure action. Slowly pump your rod, or hold it still, as the lure flutters towards bottom. If no strike is experienced on the fall, slowly bottom-bounce the lure back to you, for fish near bottom, using 1-2 ft slow rod lifts. This swimming/downward fluttering action is especially deadly for lake trout, smallmouth bass and walleyes in fresh water & everything in shallow salt water. This action mimics an injured baitfish…an easy meal. This technique is most effective next to shoreline structures such as standing timber or rock piles, island reefs, rocky shoals, kelp and weed bed edges, rip rap, walls and warm water discharge plants. Keep your hook sharp! Most strikes will be hard with no rod set necessary. A bright chrome finish works best in clear water. Gold, and fluorescent, finishes work best in dark and tea-stained water. For additional information, please refer to “dead-sticking” in the “Kandlefish Tech Guide”.

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