How to Choose Fishing Lures

They are all predators, they are economical, easy and work year-round. The only trouble is that there are so many it is sometimes hard to find!

After a timid start, the soft baits have colonized a few years displays of the stores. But how to make the most of this large family? How to choose among hundreds of different models, each available in dozens of sizes, with as many colors as the Rainbow? Where and when to use each one, how to use?

It all starts when you purchase! Rather than aesthetics, these are the terms of use, time of year, type of water, type of job, carnivorous wanted… that should guide the choice.

Even if the forms are many and varied, it is possible to sort all the flexible lures in two groups: the figurative and non-figurative. The first as their name implies are similar in a way more or less specific to known prey of predators. It can be a frog, a salamander, a crayfish, fish… As for the non figurative, they don’t look like or related to their usual victims.

The figurative use priority where the imitated species are present at the time where they are active. The main attraction being the imitation, it is much easier to fool a predator bait is familiar to him. Regarding the fish appearance, these lures create little vibration. Their job is preferred for thin surveys of small marked positions where the visual aspect is essential.

The non figurative play mainly on the vibrations they emit. For a predator anything appearing alive is consumable, regardless of its shape and appearance as long as the size allows him to swallow it easily. The effect of surprise added to a relevant action, draws his curiosity which most often results in the attack.

Two parameters are to be taken into account. The first is a predator with his eating habits, the second is the size of the prey of the moment.
We can’t fish the catfish and perch with the same tools! Pike readily consumes the prey of a third of its size. The Pike perch prefer, when he has the choice, several prey medium rather than risk to choke with a big. As for the black bass, there the eyes bigger than your mouth… is not a little to say! The prey that attack can reach more than half its size.

There are certain times where the size of the prey of the time is the same for all. At the end of the summer, these are the soft sea fishing lures of small size that best mimic the FRY of the year and which will be sought by almost all predators.
In contrast, in the cold of winter, prey of large size will be consumed even by Zander because these are the only ones available!

The colors

Regarding the figurative lures, to settle a few moments instead of a predator. Imagine a Pike on the lookout for a summer day, sunny, in clear water looking to spend a bleak. It must seem very bright!

Now imagine the same Pike by cloudy weather and in a dirty water observing the same bleak, it must appear much darker! So clear by clear weather and clear water lure, lure dark dark and tinted water!

When exercise becomes more dangerous, it is to imagine our Pike who want to attack a decoy non figurative! Because in this case there are vibration he feels that trigger the decision to attack.It seems desirable that master Esox can see precisely the object of his lust and target his attack perfectly. With no figurative lures, should therefore not hesitate to use colors slamming type fluorescent on shallow posts, that the time be bright or not and phosphorescent colors to prospect pits! It is also interesting to play on contrasts using two-tone lures.


Behaviour, movement, the rhythm of the movements of a figurative decoy should approach the most of those of the prey that it mimics.
The frog moves by successive bonds but can also stand still several tens of seconds.
Squilla made bonds too, but only on the bottom and in reverse.
The fish on the other hand, frequently makes changes direction and rhythm of swimming.

No figurative lures must be animated depending on the predator search in sea fishing.
Pike, all the lures that will work slowly and in a very trippy manner are perfectly suited.
For the pike perch, a most jerky action interspersed acceleration gives the best results.
For the boom, the handling is aggressive with abrupt and rapid management changes.
For the catfish action sine moving closer to the surface and plunging on the bottom works best.
For the black bass, chain long breaks to dry tires in order to create home a surprise effect!