Helpful Tips for Lure Fishing
Here at Acelures, our aim is to be helpful to all lure fishermen/women who are just starting out. Whether you are fishing for Perch, Pike, Zander, Bass etc we intend to help and guide you in the right direction. Below you will see a list of tips for lure fishing that we think will help you on your way to catching more predator fish. Effectively, smoothly, and with no harm to the fish.
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Look After the Fish
This has to be one of the most important tips for lure fishing there is. Fish care! Don’t keep the fish out the water any longer than is necessary. The poor buggers don’t really like being out of the water so be sure to return them asap. Whilst returning your fish be sure to hold it upright in the water until it is ready to swim off on its own. They tend to tire themselves out whilst battling you and your tackle, so be nice and give them chance to get their breath back. You want to see the fish swim off and not float off.
Let the Fish Rest
If the fish you just caught puts up a big fight or its the heat of the summer and oxygen levels are low, it may be worth thinking about letting it re-cooperate a bit of its energy back before getting it out on the bank and unhooking it, if this is the case just keep it upright in the landing net at the waters edge for a few minutes. We have to remember if we don’t look after the fish properly we wont be catching it again.
Take Someone Experienced
If you are fishing for pike or other fish that have sharp teeth or are awkward to unhook and you are not experienced in unhooking them, take an experienced angler with you. Find someone who knows what they’re doing, they can teach you how to do it. Lots of local clubs will have fishermen/women who will be more than happy to help out. Some clubs even have coaches with free lessons on all manner of fishing skills. Another good organisation is the Pike Anglers Club (PAC) its full of helpful knowledgeable people willing to help.
Always Carry Side Cutters
Unfortunately every now and then you may get a hook stuck too deep to get out or get one stuck in such a way it will cause too much harm to the fish to dislodge. It’s a lot more common using bait fish rather than lures, but possible all the same. In these circumstances it is best to snip the hooks with some side cutters, the fishes stomach acids will dissolve the hook in time.
Use Barbless Hooks
When buying lures you will find that a large majority of them come with barbed treble hooks. It is a good idea to change these to barbless ones, as they are a lot easier to remove from the fishes mouth. Alternatively you can just crush the barbs yourself with a pair of pliers. A lot of anglers nowadays will also change the trebles to single or double hooks instead, making it easier to unhook the fish.
Keep on the Move
When lure fishing it is wise not to stay in one spot. If the fish are not in your swim then you will not catch them. Walk around a bit and cover some ground, find the features like weed beds, overhanging trees, lily pads, streamer weed etc, be persistent until you find them. Once you find them be sure to have a good few casts before you move on.
Consider Using Braid
There are a couple of reasons for using braid over mono, firstly it has no stretch to it unlike monofilament (standard fishing line) therefore you can feel every little bump or knock on the lure. This can prove vital if the fish are in a finicky type of mood. Braid is also generally tougher than mono, it has good resistance to abrasion, handy if your fishing somewhere with a rocky bottom. A good braid that is popular amongst lure anglers at the moment is Spiderwire.
Take an Unhooking Mat
Probably one of the most controversial topics on social media when it comes to fishing. The unhooking mat! Regardless of what some might say it is a good idea when fishing to always carry an unhooking mat. Most fish are a bit delicate out of the water so keep them on a damp soft surface whilst unhooking them, do not lay them on hard or dry surfaces. There’s some good unhooking mats out there nowadays that are light and versatile to carry. If you do find yourself without one and can’t unhook it in the water be sure to keep the fish in the net and lay it on soft grass.
Read the Water
Reading the water really isn’t that hard to do. Look for signs of bait fish. If there’s predators in the area there’s a good chance the bait fish will get spooked by them. Usually where there is bait fish there there will be preds. Water birds such as Grebe, Cormorant and Gulls will be on the hunt for bait fish as well. Keep an eye on them they may find the bait fish for you. Alternatively you could get yourself a Deeper Pro and cheat a bit. These are a great bit of kit for the money and well worth a look.
Take Less Lures
You don’t need to take hundreds of lures with you fishing. I would recommend to only take a handful with you and learn how they work and how they move in different conditions Try them at different depths, different retrievals and different speed, get to know your lures. The colour of your lure and your retrieval play a very big part in whether you will catch or not. Keep experimenting and trying different things.
Following these tips isn’t going to guarantee you catch fish, but it will certainly help. Just keep experimenting and trying different techniques and eventually it will all fall into place. Good luck and tight lines.