MATCHING RETRIEVAL AND ACTION TECHNIQUES WITH YOUR LURE
In fishing, myths and luck are not always going to help you catch fish. Having the right gear is not the be all and end all either. Having the right lures for the fish you are fishing for is a good start, but you need use the proper fishing technique for a particular lure with the conditions you are fishing in right through to how responsive the fish are on any particular day. Apart from knowing which lures are good for a particular species or number of different species, it will help you to know when it is time to change it up and go with something else.
Lure fishing is extremely popular and I love fishing on lures too. To help you out as beginner, here are some tips that will help you to match your retrieval techniques with your lure with the hope that you start catching more fish.
Your retrieval method will generally depend on the type of lure you’ll be using and the fish you’ll be chasing. The factors that will affect lure retrieval are the type of lure and the way you want the lure behave in the water. Most online retailers provide information on the technique to use and the species of fish the lures are suitable for.
Matching your lure with the fish you’re targeting is an essential factor to land more bites. The idea is to imitate the natural prey of that fish, so the fish will be interested and bite.
That means anglers need to come up with a retrieval method and combined action to suit the lure, the conditions and the fish at any given time. Here are some common retrieval methods for some of the most common lures:
Crankbaits: When using crankbaits, your best retrieval method is a straight retrieve. This retrieval method lets the fish judge the speed and path of the lure. When using a straight retrieve, you can vary the incoming speed of the crankbait to generate more interest if the fish are slow to bite.
Soft plastics with jig heads: Jig heads give you somewhere to attach your soft plastic lures as well as allowing you to add a controlled amount of weight to your soft plastic. The twitch and pause method is commonly used method of retrieve. This erratic retrieval method can be used when you’re targeting aggressive fish. The pause part of your action is just as important as the twitch and retrieve. In the ideal situation, the twitch and short retrieve will have generated interest in your lure while the pause gives the fish the opportunity to strike.
Jerkbaits: When using jerkbaits, a long sweeping rod movement is a good method to start with. You can do this by pulling your rod at a downward angle. This method is called jerking, as the name of the lure suggests. Keep repeating this action when using jerkbaits. It is recommended to pause for 15 to 20 seconds to keep the bait in a suspended state. Don’t slip into the habit of pulling on your rod horizontally or even upwards. Keep that rod movement down.
Topwater lures: Most topwater lures like small poppers, frogs and lipless plugs are mostly used with a retrieval and action that is known as walking the dog. To do the walk the dog technique, the idea is to have your lure cover the surface of the water using a twitching technique from your wrist so that your lure crosses the water with a zigzag direction.
KEEP WORKING YOUR LURE
When working with lures, always make sure to vary the action just a little to give a more natural presentation. Changing the pace or adding more jerks will usually do the trick. If you are not getting anywhere with any type of retrieve and action, try other options, slow it down, speed it up and keep it varied until you get a bite. If you are not getting anywhere after some time with a particular lure, it is probably time to swap it over for something else. You will only find out by trying. At the other end of the scale, some days, some lures just deliver no matter what you do. I love those days when the fish are frenzied and nothing seems to go wrong.
Fishing is just one of those sports where everything can depend on the day. And that is what makes it a whole lot of fun, especially when fishing on lures. Another great thing about lures is the fact that there is always another great lure you just want to try.
Do you have any more tips to help beginners catch more fish when lure fishing? Please share your experience below.