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Top Gear You Need To Start Lure Fishing

What Gear Do You Need To Start Lure Fishing?

I have been fishing all of my life and we always used live bait when I was a youngster.  So learning to fish with lures is an all new exciting adventure for those who haven’t.  Even though lure fishing seems easy enough, beginners can become overwhelmed by the vast amount of information and advice available. This article will help you begin to sort out some of the information and advice related to what you will need to start fishing with lures.

Sharp Hook(s)

The most important element for successful lure fishing comes down to having a very sharp hook. A well sharpened fishing hook makes sure that anything you catch will remain hooked on as you reel it in. Sharpen or replace your hooks before the next fishing outing.

If you are unable to hook a fish with your favorite lure, you may want to consider examining the hooks on the lure. People will often forget that over time fish hooks can become dull or twisted and impact any success while fishing. Changing hooks will help to set your lures and keep the fish from escaping you!

Fishing Line

There are four type of fishing line that work well for lure fishing.  They are braided fishing line, monofilament, fluorocarbon, and nanofil. Braided is strong and works well if you are bay or ocean fishing.  Monofilament is one of the most popular and is especially great for lakes, creeks and rivers with its translucent line.  The fluorocarbon is great for baitcast reels over closed faced reels. It can be of heavier weight making it ideal for baitcasters.  Nanofil is a very thin line, which while it can easily tangle, allows the angler to cast a lure extremely far fairly easy.


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If you’re fishing in a stream, it’s best to cast upstream, letting the current guide your lure or bait to the perfect fishing spot. This looks more natural to the fish and makes it more likely that you will catch something. Try to always keep your line taught, and reduce the slack in your line so you can feel the fish bite.

Quality Fishing Rod

For any fishing trip you go on, it is best take along a good quality fishing rod. When put under pressure, lower quality rods have a tendency to break. More testing is also put into the higher quality rods. Buying a well-manufactured fishing rod for long-term use is likely to save you money in the long run.


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Depending on what lures you are fishing with you will want different types of rods.

If  you are fishing with spinnerbaits and buzzbaits you will want a rod that is around 6 1/2 foot to 7 foot long, lightweight, and medium action with soft to medium tip.

If you are fishing with topwater lures or crankbaits you will want a rod that is around 6 to 7 foot long, made of fiberglass.

If you plan on flipping or pitching your line when reeling in the lure you will want a rod that is at least 7 1/2 foot long and made of graphite.

Best type of Reel

There are three common types of reels used in lure fishing. They are a spincast reel, spinning reel and a baitcasting reels.


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A spincast reel has a button to press and hold while you throw out your line.  The line is also house inside a cover on the reel.  These are the least best for  medium to large lures as they do not throw our very far.  As well the drag is weaker compared to the other two reels, resulting in loss of larger fish.  As well, only lighter line can be used on these type of reels.


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A spinning reel has an open face reel, meaning the line is not covered.  The drag is easy to adjust, usually being on the top or bottom of the reel and even can be done while reeling in your catch. These are great for both small and medium lures as they can utilize a heavier line, increasing the cast length.  These are a little harder to learn to throw out, but one can get the hang of it pretty quickly.  These reels have a hoop lever that you flip and while holding the line with your thumb, you let it go once you have made the cast.  The only drawbacks to these reels and the line tangle easily due to being tightly coiled and the line memory doesn’t let it straighten.


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And finally we have baitcaster reels.  These are perfect for larger lures as they can use heavier fishing line.  These also have an open face sporting it’s own spool for the line.  You can full control over how fast or how slow the line releases.  This can allow for the perfect long cast, OR it can end up in a backlash, which is a tangled mess of line. The learning curve to use this is the drawback on these, it can take quiet a while to master throwing out without tangling the line and spending an hour untangling it.  To throw these out there is a thumb bar and you must get a feel for the perfect speed of your line flowing out to either put the brakes on or to let it flow.

Best types of Lures

Plastic Worms

These lure are absolutely wonderful for largemouth bass; they love them.  Although I have caught bluegill perch with them and once a catfish! These are great for fishing in weeds, as long you place the tip of the hook in there worm where it will not catch on debris. Click here to see a video of how to fish with a plastic worm.


Spinnerbaits are terrific lures for fishing novices interested in using something other than worms. These lures are best used for dark water or shaded areas. The best fish to catch with a spinnerbait is bass, but crappie can fall for it as well.  These type of baits use different types of spoons that spin when being reeled in to attract the fishes attention.


Crankbaits are made  hard plastic in various designs and are intended to be thrown out and then retrieved. There are a variety of the types, including top water, and those that may dive or sink.  Therefore some need to be reeled in faster or slower depending on what type you are using. Some look like minnows, fish, frogs, and more.  ***Because of the varying size of these, be sure to use a heavier rod and reel for  larger crankbaits.

I hope this article has inspired you to try or expand on your lure fishing!  It can be quiet fun.  Even thought there are different techniques used for lure, don’t worry about it – I’ve seen kids not familiar with lures, just playing around hook fish quiet often!  That’s it, throw out your lure and reel in it – reel it in fast, or slow, or both, jerk it a little as you start to reel, or just reel it in as you desire.


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Tina Sassy

Tina has been fishing since before she could walk.She met the love of her life 19 years ago and now they compete to see who can catch the most or largest fish. Together they raised their little girl who is no longer little, but a beautiful young fisherwoman herself and more competition for the happy family.