Fishing is a great way to relax and get some exercise. However, if you don’t know what you’re doing or which lures to use, it can also be frustrating and unsuccessful. Here are some tips for choosing the right trout lures or lures for other species for your next trip:
Know Your Fish
Before you go fishing, it’s important to know what kind of fish you are trying to catch. Different types of fish like different things. For example, saltwater fish like mackerel or herring will eat squid while freshwater bass is more likely to be attracted by worms or crawdads.
Once you have a general idea of your target fish and their preferences, it’s time to think about where they live! Make sure that you are going fishing in an area where those specific types of fish are known to live. This can save a lot of time and effort later on because if it turns out that there aren’t any good spots for catching that kind of species locally then all this research has been wasted!
Find Your Lure
The first step to finding the best lure for you is to know what you’re looking for.
- Match your catch. If you’re fishing for panfish, you’ll want a smaller lure than if you’re after trout or catfish.
- Choose correctly-sized bait. A large fish will be more interested in a big lure than a small one, so make sure that your bait matches its size!
- Pick the right color scheme for your fish. Different species of fish prefer different colors and patterns when it comes to their food sources, so choose wisely!
- Get serious about weighing your hook with whatever works best depending on how deep/shallow water might be where your fishing trip takes place (this could mean anything from sinking line into deeper waters).
Choose a Color
Lure color is also important. You should choose a lure that is similar to the natural food of the fish you are targeting. For example, if you’re fishing for trout, use a lure with natural colors and patterns like brown or gray. If your target is bass, try orange, yellow or white lures with large stripes. Color can also be used to attract fish to a specific location. A bright red lure will draw more attention than a dark blue one when placed next to each other on an underwater object such as a log or rock pile because red attracts more light waves than blue does (light waves are what allow us, humans, to see). The same principle works for attracting different species of fish: using certain colors may make certain types of fish seem more appetizing than others so use this knowledge wisely!
Go for Weight
Lures come in all shapes and sizes, but the main thing to keep in mind is weight. If you’re using a spinning reel, you’ll want to make sure your lure weighs about 1/4 oz or less. This ensures that it’ll be able to cast easily, but also makes it light enough for you to retrieve quickly without damaging your line.
If you’re fishing with fishing tackle gear or fly tackle, choose lures that weigh about 3/4 oz or more (or even slightly more). This will allow them to sink fast enough for bottom-dwelling fish like bass and pike to notice when they pass by, yet still have enough momentum behind them when they hit the water so as not to scare off their prey once they’re hooked up.
Check the Hooks
- Check the sharpness of the hooks.
- Check the strength of the hooks.
- Check the size of the hooks.
- Check the number of hooks on a lure and how they’re arranged (some lures have one hook while others have double, triple, or even quadruple).
Following these tips will help you choose the right fishing lure for the type of fish you want to catch.
When choosing lures, it’s best to start with what you know.
- Know your fish. Several factors affect how a fish will react to a lure: their size, the species of fish, and what time of day or season you’re fishing in.
- Find your lure. The type of bait and weight matters when trying to catch specific species of fish. For example, if you want to catch pike or bass from a lake during the summer months, then look for bright colors like reds and yellows because these color patterns tend to attract larger gamefish in low light conditions (like dawn and dusk).
- Choose a color based on where you’ll be fishing (i.e., clear water requires bright lures). A good rule of thumb is darker colors work better in clean water while lighter ones are more effective under murky conditions because they reflect light better than darker shades do! If today happens to be cloudy or foggy out then try using fluorescent neon green hues instead as well as silver baits which tend to attract more attention underwater thanks due largely due to their reflective properties!
So, to recap: know your fish; find the lure; choose a color; go for weight; check the hooks. And don’t forget to have fun!
Photo by Tom Kulitze: https://www.pexels.com/photo/hand-with-fish-bait-on-rod-10922532/