A lot of people are trying out fishing lures for the first time so I decided to help them out by posting what I catch on them, plus how and where to use them.
Blade Fishing Lures.
Blades work very well especially in river systems for fish such as Flathead, Bream, Silver Trevally, Tailor, and Aussie Salmon. I like to slow jig Blades in deeper water over a tide change, and I don't jig the whole water column just the bottom half, the techniques are very easy. 1 Drop the blade to the bottom and then slow lift rod up then drop back to bottom and repeat, this technique works the bottom for Flathead and a large variety of other species. 2 Drop Blade to bottom and lift then wind down and repeat this around 3 to 5 times and you should be about half way up the water column, drop back to the bottom and repeat, this technique works best for Trevally, Tailor, and Salmon. When using blade fishing lures try to use them around deep water rock walls, bridge pylons or deep holes up rivers.
Metal slugs are some of the easiest lures to use, and they can be used just about anywhere and the technique is very simple, just cast as far as you can then wind as quick as you can, that's it! Below is a short list on the size of the fishing lures I use plus where to use them and what species to chase.
1 / 5 to 40-gram metal slugs work very well in rivers chasing Trevally, Salmon, Yellowtail Kingfish and Tailor etc, Just look for the fish busting up on the surface.
2 / 40 to 80 grams, I use off rocky headlands and surf beaches for Tailor, Salmon, Tuna, and Mackerel if you are lucky.
3 / 80 + gram metal lures I use out off a boat on the shallow reefs over summer, chasing Mackerel. This is easy to do just find a ball of bait drop your big Raider lure into the bait and once it hits the bottom wind as fast as you can. No jigging just wind!
Surface Fishing Lures.
Using poppers / Stick baits are one of my favorite ways to fish as you can catch almost anything on a surface lure and some of the surface strikes are
amazing to watch. Using surface lures is similar to using metal slugs, you just need to cast as far as you can and either wind fast with stick baits
or wind and twitch with poppers. Both techniques work very well for a large variety of species from shallow river systems to deep offshore.
Whiting / Like a small fast moving Stickbait (Sugar Pen) in clear color with a small set of assist hooks which work very well over shallow flats.
Trevally, Tailor, and Salmon / Like a large variety of surface lure in all sizes and colors but I have found all three prefer a faster-moving stick bait.
Mangrove Jacks / These fish love surface lures day or at night but I find they prefer a slower moving lure such as poppers or a smallish stick bait used with a walk the dog action.
Mackerel / Not many people use surface lures for Mackerel yet, but the guys who do love it, Mackerel strikes on the surface are amazing and these fish really love chasing a fast-moving Stickbait around bait schools. Everyone should try this!!!
Tuna / Yellowfin, Longtails, and Bluefin respond really well to big Stickbaits moving fast, but for this, to work you need to locate a Tuna school and get within casting distance which is not that easy.
Micro Jig Fishing Lures.
Micro jigging has been around for a few years now and is a very successful way to catch a large variety of fish offshore from pelagics to a large number
of mixed reef fish, almost everything will hit a micro jig if you can get the action working. The only downfall to micro jigging is that you really need a good
micro jig rod to get the proper action out of your jigs. If you really want to test your skills try micro jigging for Mackerel, Tuna, Wahoo, Mahi Mahi etc.
For best results once again find a bait ball and try a few different slow pitch jigging techniques. Just type slow pitch jigging into Youtube to see different
methods for different jigs.
Small Hardbody Fishing Lures.
Fishing with small hardbody diving lures is something the whole family can do and enjoy. Usually fishing with small lures means calm water fishing, shore or boat, and is very easy to do. First, you just need a couple of light outfits around 6-pound spin outfits and a couple of small lures (Micro Mullets, Zereks). If you are fishing from the shore
you should fan cast a spot then walk 50 feet up the beach and fan cast again then repeat the process until you have covered the area you wanted to fish. When picking the area you want to fish make sure it has some weed patches, deep holes or some sort of structure on it, DON'T pick a spot with crystal clear water and shallow sandy bottom! If you are going to use small diving fishing lures from a boat you don't need to cast instead you troll your small lures along the edge of sand banks in around 3 to 5
feet of water and make sure the boat is just in gear NO FASTER. When trolling try to troll with the current and keep your lures close to the boat (1st lure 10 feet back and the 2nd lure 15 feet). Once again find weed patches, gravely bottom to troll on, not a clean sandy bottom. The fish you are most likely to catch are Flathead, Bream, Tailor and maybe a Whiting or two.
PS / When lure fishing there is an old saying, Match the Hatch. Which means get the lure color and size as close as possible to match the bait in the area.