Our passion is for lure fishing. It seems that the rest of the UK is also finally catching on to the power of the lure as this convenient, successful and enjoyably technical angling discipline really takes off. Within the categories of this section you will find many lure tips, so please dive in.
#1. What is "lure" fishing?
Lure fishing is the practise of angling with an artificial, generally plastic "bait" that is hooked, cast and twitched through the water - be it sea, river or pond. Keeping the bait (or "lure" as we would refer to it as) swimming or moving, the intention is to mimic a small, real-life fish, worm, crab or bug. "Lured" from their hiding places, larger fish are tricked in to attacking or biting the artificial "lure" and are caught on the hook positioned within. This can be a hugely successful and fun way of fishing and is a rapidly growing sport in the UK.
A few common questions are:
- Do I need to put bait on a lure? No. That's one of the greatest things about it!
- Why are fish attracted to lures? There are two ways of looking at this. It may depend on the species or day, but usually a lure is taken by a fish that, a) is convinced the lure is a real food item, or b) is "annoyed" by the presence of the lure. Fish have no fingers, thumbs or fists so if they see something they don't like, there's only one thing they can do to it. Eat it! (even if they usually plan on spitting it out afterwards).
#2. Why is lure fishing so popular?
While fishing with lures has been done for a long time, as a sport-fishing practise it's only in the last 20 years where it's really taken off for us in the UK. Yes, we always did it, but before saltwater catch-and-release fishing became typical, besides the emphasis was more on catching dinner than enjoying the technical elements of the tackle involved. If you found a lure that worked, that was enough for most. Here in Cornwall for example, all any angler needed was a Dexter Wedge, Redgill or Rapala J-13. There was not a lot else available - unless you made it yourself - so tackle choices weren't such a challenge. Of course, it helped that there were more fish in our seas back then too.
Today, CONVENIENCE is number one. With a lure there is no bait to prepare (you either drive miles to buy some, or spend hours digging it). No rigs to be made in advance. No bulky boxes, bags or rod rests to carry. Just a lightweight rod and a small bag of bits. It's certainly for convenience that my own lure fishing began. Or to me - like many others - it was just "spinning" back then. I could have a rod permanently made up in the garage and just trot off down to the rocks for half an hour at a time if I wanted. Using no real bait makes it as simple as just going for a stroll on the coast, river, lake or canal with the benefit of taking a rod with you to see what might happen.
So, you can add FREEDOM to the list.
Go wherever you can reach and cast wherever and whenever you can. As a long term sea angler since my early years, I soon realised that with a lure I could reach areas not fishable with traditional (bait) tackle. Leads and hooks left to rest will quickly find the snags. A lure however, especially the weedless variety, can be fished in an among the snags with much more confidence. And this is, afterall, where the majority of predatory fish live!
Lure of the bass
Being based in Cornwall, the bass is our primary lure caught target. Surrounded by wild, rugged coastlines and rough seas, this is prime bass territory. Fishing for bass, for me, has always been about escaping and exploring. There's barely an inch of coastline here that won't see a bass, given the right feeding conditions or tides. There's a never ending search over literally hundreds of miles or rocky points, beaches and estuary creeks to keep even the most motivated angler busy for decades.
In Cornwall our north and south coasts vary quite substantially. With beaches and creeks facing in every possible direction, there is always shelter here somewhere from a strong or cold wind, and just the right amount of swell or current on at least one of the hundreds of beaches available for the wandering bass angler to target.
Lure fishing means travelling light - which is what makes this exploration and accelerated learning process possible. By going to the fish rather than waiting for them to come to you, the lure angler will quickly and easily learn about where the bass most like to be, and when.
Standard all-round setup: