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Deep Sea Fishing Lures are different, How to Pick the Right One.

Deep sea fishing lures are not just different in size to fresh water fishing lures but also have other characteristics specific to deep sea fishing. It is extemely important for your success as a fisherman who prefers deep sea fishing to learn which lures to choose, when and why. Many times it can seem like a difficult job when you’re confronted with getting to pick a deep sea lure to use.

The facts are that there are some types of lures which work better for catching some types of fish than others. The type you ultimately choose is entirely up to you, but recognizing how to pick the correct one will unquestionably help you catch vastly more fish.

One of the first things that you need to recognize before choosing which deep sea fishing lure you are will use is the size of the fish you are seeking. One of the characteristics of an amateur fisherman is that they do not understand that the size of the fish determines the size of the lure that you should use.

Larger fish demand that you use a larger lure to successfully snare the fish. On the other hand for smaller fish you’ll need to use a lure which can fit in it’s mouth or you’ll fail to hook up even if you manage to get a strike.

Another condition to consider when choosing a deep sea fishing lure is how natural the lure looks and moves in the water. Lures should look like the food your target fish usually likes to eat.

Lures which look completely unrealistic have little chance of catching fish even if somtimes they will try to bite it. However, if you go deep sae fishing with a lure that looks entirely natural then tons of fish will attack it with a very good chance of being caught.

This is another common mistake that amateur fishermen make, using lures that do not look completely realistic. Professionals never make this mistake, they cannot afford to waste their time by not always using realistic looking lures.

The next mistake many amateur fishermen make is to not choose the correct type of line for the the type of lure that you utilize. It seems clear that if you use a heavier lure then you’re going to lose it if you don’t use a heavier line to support the weight of the lure plus the potential weight of the fish you are pursuing. At the same time, a lighter lure can easily be used on a lighter line without being forced to spend money on one of the heavier lines.

Are you aware that an additional consideration when picking a sea fishing lure is deciding whether or not to use live bait?. There are some lures which have been specifically designed to have live bait attached. These often have special fittings to keep the bait from causing any additional drag or spinning while being trolled or retrieved fast.

As you can see from this overview, there is more to choosing your deep sea fishing lures and the associated tackle than immediately meets the eye. Careful choice of lure, matched with line, reel and rod are required to progress from an amateur fisherman who rarely catches fish to a professional who always catches fish.

Sea Fishing Lures, how to choose the right one.

Do you know how to pick the right sea fishing lure for success?  Are you aware of the differences between the saltwater lures available to you?  It is important for your successful fishing trip that you match the lures you use to the fish you are targeting and the waters you plan to fish.  Usually this information only comes from local experience.  Many fishermen, and fisherwomen, rely on their own experience in other areas and attempt to map that onto the new area they are fishing with limited or no success.

The typical response, for most fishermen, at this stage is to either attempt to gain some information from the local tackle shop or wherever the local fishermen hang out.  Unfortunately it is not highly likely that you will get the real information from these sources, well the tackle shop might be OK but the local fisherman wants to protect his best spots.  Wouldn’t you?

The next most likely response is to hire a charter boat with a fishing guide.  A good guide will take you to a number of known good fishing spots, supply you with the right lures for the waters and likely fish.  Perhaps they will also set up your tackle and all so all you have to do is catch and land the fish, they’ll probably help with that as well.

This is an understandable and perfectly reasonable response to the twin problems of wanting to catch some fish and being in an unfamiliar location.  Unfortunately there is almost no chance of you learning very much about the process of choosing the right sea fishing lure for the right location and the right fish.  You need to find out how to do this, ask questions, observe what the fishing guides and/or local fishermen actually do as opposed to what they tell you they are doing.  In reality most of the fishing guides are only too pleased to have a customer who really takes an interest in what they are doing and wants to learn and understand.  Show these people the respect they deserve and they will open up with information.

In reality there is very little difference between choosing a lure for fresh water or saltwater fishing.  You should choose a bigger lure for bigger fish, think about it, what would you rather eat, one big hamburger or 8-9 mini hamburgers if you had to chase them all to eat them?  Personally I think I would go for a bigger meal first up.  Why would fish be any different?  Another thing to be considered is that the fish need to be able to see the lure so in dark or deep water or overcast days you should use a light colored or even flourescent lure.  If you are fishing over a sandy bed, in shallow water or on a bright sunny day then a dark lure should have better success.  Sometimes a flashy lure like a spinner, or one of the spoons will have a devastating effect on the fish.

Mostly, when you are rigging a lure for sea fishing, you will be rigging one in a very similar way to the way you would do it for fresh water fishing.  Really the only difference is the size and shape of the lure you would like to use.  Many of the lures you would use for freshwater fishing resemble small crustaceans, insects or insect lavae and small fish or similar.  Similar lures will work on the smaller predatory fish like salmon, trout, flathead, tarpon and similar.  For larger fish like kingfish, bass, tuna, sailfish, marlin, shark, bonito and other fast moving predatory fish you will need a lure which resembles the type of fish they eat.  This may seem obvious now but many fishermen really don’t think about their target species and what they might like to eat.  Ask at your local tackle shop, do your homework on your target fish and enjoy many happy hours fishing.

Tight Lines.

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