8 tips for finding the right lure

There are many different factors that come into play when choosing the right lure for the job. Things like weather, water conditions, depth, time of day and the species you’re looking to catch, are just a few important factors. And of course, some of these can change by the hour.


Luckily, there are some general rules anglers can follow to make choosing the right lure as easy as possible. It’s not an exact science, but it will improve your chances of catching the fish you want.


Here are our top 8 tips for choosing the right lure.


  1. Match the lure to the fish’s natural prey

If you’re looking to catch a certain species of fish, then the bait you choose should match the dominant prey of that fish species. For example, barramundi love eating prawns and smaller fish, so the best lures to catch them are usually minnows, plugs, jigs and soft plastics.


  1. The colour of the water matters

In clearer waters consider using a naturally coloured lure, as this will match the bait fish in these waters are attracted to. In dirtier water, choose brighter or darker lures, as these are more likely to capture the attention of the fish.


  1. Night or overcast conditions

The tips we’ve provided so far work if you’re fishing during the day. If you’re fishing at night or in low-light conditions, use black or dark coloured lures. These create a solid silhouette, which fish are likely to look for when feeding at night from below, using the moon as a guide.


  1. Consider depth

As water gets deeper it blocks or absorbs light. This means that colours are difficult to perceive at greater depths, and different colours disappear at different wavelengths. Red is the first colour to disappear underwater, then orange, then yellow.


If you’re fishing in deep water, then black or purple lures are your best bet. There is a lot more to how depth impacts colour. If you’d like to know more, this blog offers a great rundown.


  1. The weather

On sunny days, silver and gold lures are a great choice, as they reflect direct sunlight. On cloudy days they will be nearly invisible, so fluorescent lures a good alternative. Plus, UV light tends to be stronger on cloudy days, which means it will hit the lure and make it even brighter.


  1. Good vibrations

If you’re fishing in muddy or discoloured water, then choose a lure that creates vibrations. Fish can sense vibrations in the water before they can even see their prey, so lures with rattlers or larger willow blades will help attract them in these conditions.


  1. Heavy lures in heavy winds

Although some anglers do prefer lighter lures and equipment in heavier winds, choosing a heavier lure will help you drop to greater depths, where fish are more likely to be in rough conditions. You’ll also feel bites better with more tension on the line.


  1. Choose the old favourites

If you’re still not 100% sure which kind of lure best suits the conditions you’re fishing in, a trusty guide can make things a lot easier. This Cheat Sheet offers a rundown of the best lures for specific species of fish in Australia and New Zealand.


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