Flicking for fish. Part 4: The common mistakes of lure fishermen
Many fishermen who do not learn how to sense an upcoming snag will often lose lures. Due to this, many people give up the sport or lure fishing early on and return to bait alone. When you are constantly losing lures, it is easy to believe lure fishing is ‘too hard’ or a ‘rip off’, due to the cost of lures and the amount being lost.
This is why I always recommend first starting out with some cheaper lures, while still following the old rule that if the lure looks too realistic, it’s not going to be as easily seen by predator fish. Often the best lures are the cheaper lures, and the low cost will assist you should you lose a few while gaining experience.
If starting out with hard body lures, once you have the basic experience of sensing and avoiding snags sorted, as discussed in the previous article, the second step is fairly simple. You want to create some variation in the way your lure moves in the water, the most simple way to achieve this is simply swaying your fishing rod tip around a foot in distance side to side while retrieving, this gives the lure some added attention in the water, this is the most commonly used method at increasing the attraction of the lure to nearby fish.
Further variance in styles such as lowering and raising the rod tip can cause the lure to vary in sudden vertical direction while using the method of swaying and rise/fall of the rod tip at the same time can produce multiple effects on the lure at the end. These types of movements will need some experimentation until you find a motion which often catches nearby fish.
In faster-moving water, you don’t want so much variation, as the moving water will already carry the lure downstream, in these instances you want to cast near the area you want your lure to remain, tighten up the drag to prevent the line running and taking your lure with it, and by moving only the tip of your fishing rod up or down vertically, will determine how deep the lure will travel in the water. For best effects on trout, perch and bass, this is normally closest to the bottom of the water.
Keeping the rod tip completely down, however, will not ensure the lure remains solely at the bottom, as the water moves past with differing strength, this can push the lure suddenly further down and potentially into a snag with whatever lay on the river bed. You will need to be constantly making small adjustments to the height of your rod tip to ensure the lure stays as low as possible without going too deep. Once you are able to do this, however, it makes fishing a lot easier, as the lure will stay suspended in the water and the current moving past will do all the lure movements you need to attract passing fish.
Of course, speaking to numerous lure fishermen, you will realize most invent their own methods of attraction after these basic skills. Everyone will do something a little different, and it all comes down to experience, along with confidence built once your techniques begin catching fish.
Once you are confident and experienced enough to prevent snagging off lures and manage to catch a few fish, you should look expand your array of fishing lure styles until you find those which suit you and your target fish best. The best lure styles for the target fish in multiple conditions is the next level of understanding.
As with the techniques of using the lure, when it comes to luring colour, style or patterns, you will often need to experiment yourself, as there is no such thing as the “perfect” lure. While some may be known to catch certain fish, you may find lures which come highly recommended are still not producing as well as you expect, often due to fishing in waters different to those of other users of the same lure, or sometimes simply because their catch was down to luck at the time.
Most long-term fishing experience is not shared with sales staff at tackle shops, especially experience from those who have been fishing for many years. Those who are out of the phase where telling stories of past outings and showing off fish ‘selfie’ photos will often keep their knowledge to themselves. Not that there is anything wrong with talking about your outing or showing off photos. I’ll admit even I still do these things every so often, hence the reason for writing this article, but what I am trying to convey is the wealth of every customer’s fishing knowledge doesn’t often filter directly to their past or current fishing salesman.
Instead, most of the time, like those before you, will either need to learn by your own experimentation, through experience and self-taught knowledge.
Sometimes tips can be passed on from long-term lure fishermen you will meet, or often even better, is observing other fishermen as they catch fish on lures. Other times you can even be lucky enough to have older family members or even friends and their families, who will pass down a bit of information.
Lure fishing is not something new, while it is more popular now than before, you will find lure fishing was still a very common occurrence as far back as the 1950’s. This knowledge often doesn’t change much, if at all, but the products and marketing do, hence learning the craft, rather than spending the cash, should be your main objective.https://bestgamefishing.com/flicking-fish-part-4-common-mistakes-lure-fishermen.htmlhttps://bestgamefishing.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/ftr-bg-1-700x232.jpghttps://bestgamefishing.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/ftr-bg-1-150x150.jpglure fishingflicking for fish part 4 Many fishermen who do not learn how to sense an upcoming snag will often lose lures. Due to this, many people give up the sport or lure fishing early on and return to bait alone. When you are constantly losing lures, it is easy to...Robert FrostRobert Frostkasqo2004@gmail.comAdministratorBest Game Fishing