September 7, 2020 at 9:26 pm #145944
my basic lure considerations list but it’s served me for decades.
1. Lure design: which includes size, shape (profile seen from two angles) and weight (lure or added to it) determine lure action.
Lure action varies even between lures similar in design and can make all the difference when fishing is slow. (ie. not all curl tail grubs are created equal)
2. Line diameter/test and line type chosen based on 1. cover (if any), 2. presentation(see 7.) and lure design(above), in combination.
Thinner lower test lines are used for finesse lure and fly fishing; heavier lines are used for larger lures, heavy cover and on the species of fish you expect to catch.
3. Rod action chosen based on 1. and 2. above (examples: ultralight, light, medium action). A medium action rod may allow a fish to pull free but less so with UL.
4. Four lure depth considerations: surface, shallow, mid depth or off bottom. Beetle Spin used was a mid-depth runner with a steady retrieve.
5. Cover includes few weeds, weed type, weed thickness (pockets or no pockets, isolated weeds) which determine 1-4 above. (pads are fished differently than milfoil)
6. Bottom depth-differences (fish structure*) includes weed height (if any weeds), no weeds, hard or soft bottoms (sand, rocks, mud), etc.
*Structures are the physical features of a lake or a river bottom. From a fishing perspective, structures are areas where there is a variance in the depth or the contours of the bottom, and these changes can range from subtle to dramatic. Structures can be natural as well as human-made features of the underwater landscape. Structures are a big factor in fish habitat and certain types will concentrate fish.
7. Presentation is a retrieve type: super slow, medium or fast retrieves. Examples: Slow includes: twitched with pauses plus lure glide at the same depth. Steady retrieves are used with spinners, crankbaits and trolling. Fast & steady is used for many topwater lures.
8. Expected fish size and activity level* help to determine lure size and lure action ranges. For example, larger fish of any species are apt to strike larger lures, especially in spring when fish are schooling. Smaller fish/ smaller lures on average. Lure design (1.) choice is crucial at times.
*activity level – fish may be suspending somewhere not chasing prey but yet may become annoyed enough to strike your slow moving lure. At other times it seems
general activity is higher along with higher fish concentrations in areas – Ideal!
Again just one angler’s opinion and ideas for you to test.
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