Lure tips

Lure Tips: How to Reel in the Big One

After you have figured out how the fish respond to the lure retrievals, varying your lure retrieve should be your goal. Here are a few lure tips to consider. You have to understand how the fish respond on any day will differ from the next. In some cases, they will have a steady retrieve, but the fish might respond better to a twitch an erratic movement or pauses. The fish will sometimes follow a lure, but they do not bite it. With an extra twitch or pause, you can cause the fish to strike the lure.

Explore Different Depths

Change the depth of your retrieve because fish will often sit at different levels in the water column. After you have discovered the depth that the fish bite at, keep it at that depth.

Heavy Line or Lure: Try Something Different

Poor lure action can sometimes occur because of a heavy leader or line. Instead, put a lighter line on the fishing pole and look for a smaller lure. That will have a huge impact on the level of action. If you have a trolling plug, it will normally have to run straight if it will work well. Trolling plugs that do not move in a straight line can be tuned with the bending of the eye ring to one side. You can do this with pliers.


If you have decided to start fishing with crankbaits, bounce the lure off the rock or other objects on the bottom of the lake. In some cases, this will trigger a strike because predatory fish love that fearful movement of their prey.

Rules: Lure Colors

In general, you want a more natural colored lure for clear water, but if you are fishing in a murkier type of water, then you will want a brighter color, such as orange or chartreuse because it will catch their attention better. On a day with overcast or if you have a brighter day, you will want to fish with the darker colors because it makes it easier for fish to see your lure.

Listen to the Fish – Be the Fish!

Being stubborn in fishing rarely pays off. You have to let the fish tell you what they want. If you stick with a favorite lure or presentation and it isn’t working, you could go home skunked. Fish can be very picky, so you have to play according to their rules. If they are not responding to common lures, try something that they have never seen before. Many times, that will provoke an action.

Rattle lures can be highly effective in murky water because it lets the fish find the lure much easier. If you are using a lure in clear water, however, it can sometimes spook the fish. You have to consider all the factors with your lures to be a successful fisherman. What will separate you from the rest is that you will have better knowledge of how to effectively use lures.

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