About Deep Sea Fishing Lures
Lures are what fishermen use to attract fish. They’re used in normal fishing, fly fishing and in deep sea fishing, so they can’t be difficult to choose. After all, a lure is a lure is a lure, right?
Not quite. Deep sea lures are designed to catch fish out in the ocean. Fish in the ocean are usually a little larger than fish in a lake or stream, so deep sea fishing lures are larger as well.
Get the Facts First
Choosing a lure for deep sea fishing isn’t like selecting lures for other types of fishing. It takes time and information. You must know what type of waters you intend to fish in, and what types of fish you will be going after.
Learn From the Pros
If you’re a novice deep sea fisherman, you can do what most anglers do and charter a fishing boat that comes complete with a fishing guide and everything else you need for your trip. The captain of this chartered boat will take you to the best fishing spots, and may even provide you with fishing gear. Crew members on some of these boats will go one step further and set up everything : fishing rod of choice, fishing line, tackle, lure, etc. Nothing could be easier, right?
Sure, if you don’t ever want to go out deep sea fishing on your own. Let someone else set up your gear and hand it to you at the appropriate time and you won’t learn a thing. You still might catch some fish, but you won’t have one clue how or why.
If you do want to go out deep sea fishing on your own, then charter that fishing boat and head out to the best spots and ask questions. Watch what your guides do and how they do it. Ask them to explain how and why they’re using that particular lure, line, etc. You’ll still catch some fish, and you’ll learn something.
The Fish Determines the Lure
One of the things guides and experienced anglers will tell you is the fish decides the lure. That means that for a big fish, you need a big lure. For a bigger fish, you need a bigger lure, and so on. The color of the water is also important. If the captain of your charter suggests a spot to catch your fish out where the water is really deep, you’ll need a very bright lure. Deep water is very dark, use a lure that’s bright and shiny to attract the fish, like something fluorescent.
How to rig your lure is another teaching point. Rigging a deep sea fishing lure is similar to rigging a freshwater lure, except for the lure used. In freshwater fishing, you may add a worm or minnow to the lure. In deep sea fishing, you’ll probably rig your lure with something a little bigger, like a flounder. Small fish are food for the big game fish, so give the big gamers what they want. Feed them the type of food fish normally found in their natural habitat and before you know it, you’ll be reeling in some big game.