Debbie Hanson 8/30/2015 There’s nothing more exciting than watching a new angler reel in a first catch. Of course, it’s also a momentous occasion that must be documented properly. You may only get one chance to capture the perfect #FirstCatch fishing photo, so read through […]
Month: August 2015
If you are like me, the first saltwater fishing lures that come to mind are for deep sea tackle like soda can sized skirted plugs used when trolling for marlin or giant jigs that rocket to the bottom for halibut or reef fish such as snapper. But in “skinny” water or when schools of feeding fish are in range, saltwater anglers cast fishing lures that look similar to freshwater lures but may be a few sizes larger, heavier, or brighter.
Here some examples of saltwater and freshwater species that can be caught on the same lure.
Try a Baitcaster, or Spinning Tackle
Inshore redfish will hammer fluttering spinnerbaits that are a favorite of largemouth bass.
Pelagic mahi-mahi can be caught with flashy salmon and trout spoons.
Amberjack can be tempted to blast the same large chugging topwater plugs that a muskellunge might whack. (Or that a striped bass would launch skyward, in either saltwater or freshwater for that matter.)
And fishing guide, Capt. Clay Eavenson of Tampa, Florida catches “tons of snook” using the lipless Rat-L-Trap crankbait which can be used to catch walleye among other species in freshwater.
Fun with Fly Fishing
Tarpon flies will also get inhaled by northern pike. And vice versa.
Tarpon can be taken on a pike fly.
All saltwater and freshwater fishing lures try to imitate a prey item. Generally, saltwater fishing lures are built to attract attention from greater distances or depths but many lures will work in both types of water. I can’t wait to chuck some of my larger freshwater lure collection in the surf to see what happens.
When fishing in the ocean, make sure to check your coastal state regulations before you go. And then tell us about it. Have you caught saltwater fish with freshwater lures? Or the other way around?
Photo courtesy of Capt. Clay Eavenson
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Smallmouth bass can be caught on many different fishing lures such as spinnerbaits, crankbaits, and soft plastics but the classic bass jig is the best smallmouth bass artificial bait or lure. A jig is a weighted head secured to a hook. One of the reasons it is so popular is its versatility. Here are 4 reasons the jig is among the best smallmouth bass lures:
Bass Jigs Drop Quickly
A quickly sinking bass jig forces a fish to make a decision. It says, “You snooze, you lose, Mr. Bass!” A fast drop also helps because it immediately gets the lure into the strike zone which is near the bottom, usually around rocks. This is a more efficient lure than say a lipped crankbait which would take several cranks for the lure to reach the lower depths.
Smallmouth Bass Are Fooled by Bounce
Paired with a shad type body or standard grub tail, this fishing lure can be reeled steadily like a swimming bait fish with a tantalizing wiggle of the tail. Or, the jig can be bounced up and down with a slower retrieve perhaps in a “tube” to present it diving and darting to trigger smallmouth bass strikes.
Cast Farther with a Bass Jig
The jig is efficient with its dynamics in water and in air as it shoots great distances with a strong, well-timed casting technique. There are no fluttering parts to drag in the wind like a spinnerbait or some spoons.
Wire Hooks Hit Minor Snags
If working a new area or near the bottom (as you should), snags happen. Wire hooks on many jigs might bend enough with applied pressure to release from rocks. In the worst case scenario, angler and jig may become separated. However, the cost of replacement is minimal compared to most crankbaits or other lure types.
The jig is a must in any smallmouth bass tackle box. In fact, many times it is the only lure I carry to the river, along with a handful of different soft plastic tipping options. Before you get “jiggy” with smallmouth bass, be sure to check your state regulations.
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