By Salemo Artpachon
Tampa- Salemo Artpachon tells beginner anglers some great starter lures, so that when they go to a lake or an ocean, they know how to use those basic lures so that they can catch fish.
1. Paddle Tails
This lure that is shown in this picture is a YUM Tube two-inch paddle tail. The way how this bait works is when you are either jigging or trolling, the tail swipes back and forth, imitating a real fish. There are two ways to reel this bait in. One of the ways is trolling. And that means to reel in your line at a constant speed with your rod tip facing a thirty- degree angle. Another way is jigging. Usually, two to three ounce jigs are perfect for this size of bait. But the way you reel these baits in is to step 1- Make sure that your rod is facing forward, then you reel in your fishing line until the line is almost completely straight. Step 2-Make sure that your rod is parallel to the ground. Step 3- lightly jerk your rod tip to your desired height. Take note that how far your rod tip moves, that is how high your jig moves in the water. In the packaging, the lures are covered in a special blend of oils that fish can smell from a distance.
2. Topwater Baits
This lure shown in the picture is a Berkley Frenzy FP7. And how this lure works is when you jerk this lure across the top of the water, the small cup-shaped piece of clear plastic in the front acts as an oxygen pocket that makes a really loud popping sound when it goes underneath the water. Since the body of this lure is hollow, it floats. So when you are reeling this lure in, you are supposed to hold your rod perpendicular to your body, about stomach height. Then you lightly jerk you rod tip not a far distance, about two inches. It only takes a light jerk of your rod to create that distinct popping sound. The tail that is partially concealing the back hook flares out when in the water, making the lure more attractive.
This lure shown in the picture is a Bomber Square “A” . It looks like a very deformed blow whistle. But the design of this lure is unique in its own way. The small clear slab of plastic on the front of the lure is called the lip. And the length of the lip dictates how deep the lure dives. For example, a lure with a longer lip would reach the floor of a body of water faster than a lure with a shorter lip. The lure also has a small metal ball inside of the lure, making a rattling sound as it “swims” through the water. How many lures “swim” is really simple. When you are trolling this lure, the design forces the lure to face one way in the water, then the tension in the water forces the lure to face the opposite direction, making it appear to “swim”. There is also another technique on how to reel this lure in. It is called “Walking The Dog”. So how you use this technique is you cast your lure into the water, as soon as the lure hits the water, you then turn one full rotation of the crank on your reel. Depending on the gear ratios inside the reel, the number of rotations per full crank may vary from reel to reel. So after you turn one full rotation of the crank, then you wait for the top of the lure to breach the surface of the water, then you repeat the process over and over again. A diagram on how this technique works is shown below.
The black and white pen shows when you turn the crank on your reel one full rotation, the red pen shows when you stop reeling and wait for the lure to rise to the surface. Then you repeat the process until you have to cast your lure again.
4. Floating Swimbaits
This lure that is shown in the picture is a Rapala Original floating swimbait. This swimbait is a very slim and is made of pure wood. This lure is meant to dive at a slower speed, because of the lip. This lure also has a clear coat that reflects light off of the lure, making the fish want to eat it. You can either troll this lure( constantly reeling), or walking the dog (reel, pause till the lure reaches the surface, repeat). The bright blue coating on the top of the lure can help you see your lure easily if you forgot where your lure is located. And this same lure has caught me so many giant freshwater fish before, such as an alligator gar and a three pound largemouth bass.
Left: My first ever 3.5 foot, fifteen pounder alligator gar, caught it on the Rapala. Right: A giant 3 pound bass that I also caught on the Rapala
5. Spinner Jigs
This lure in the picture is a Worden’s Rooster Tail. And this is a type of unique jig that sets it apart from other jig types. This type of jig has a spinner on the front of it. And there is a small spoon attached to a horseshoe- shaped piece of metal, wrapped around a piece of wire. This spinner does as it’s name says, it spins as it travels through the water. Light can also reflect off of the spinner while it is spinning, which can make it more attractive to big fish. And the tail feathers open up when being reeled in, also making the lure look more attractive. With the really bright paint colors, this makes it easier for fish to see the lure when the sun is setting. There is only one way to reel this bait in. And that way is trolling. This means to just reel in your line at a slow, constant speed and the lure does most of the action for you.
So you buy these lures that I told you and I say that they can catch big fish. But when you go out to the lake and cast these lures into the water, and you get nothing on the first 20 casts. But always remember this, Fish Swim!!. And fish also have different moods based on different conditions. There are so many factors that can affect a fish’s mood, such as: Time of day, temperature in the water, or even their age. Every individual fish is different in their own way.