Post By: ass bass or cash Posted: 5/14/2020 8:02:36 PMPoints: 1730
Go through your tackle and you're sure to find that one lure that has never caught a fish. Here's my choice. Post a pic of yours! Maybe someone will be able to tell you how/where to fish it or if they've had better luck.
I like multispecies lures and have have caught fish on everything else in my tackle box but try as I may, this lure has never gotten so much as a sniff. Fast, slow, like a spoon, nothing. Anyone else had any luck?
That's a tough one. My problem is I have my half dozen "go to" lures, jigs or harnesses and that all I use even though I haul an arsonal with me. Mine would probably be a jigging rap. I try them every winter but never have any luck on them. I truly could pick 2 jigs, 2 spoons and 2 crawler harnesses and fish them all year catching everything I target plus the stockers I avoid.
Goose, I love jigging raps up at Green Mountain for lakers. Never anything huge, but the hammer handles love it if you put a piece of sucker meat about the size of your thumbnail on the treble and jig high with it. I usually jig it 3-5í at a time and get hit while itís fluttering back down.
Bron, the trick to a fly and bubble is to make sure your fly is trailing the bubble. The easiest way to do that is to cast it out and let it sit for about 30 seconds, then give your rod a jerk like youíre using a jerk bait. That gets the line off the water and makes sure your fly is trailing your bubble far enough back.
Itís going to sound silly, and since my tackle got jacked I canít post a pic, but what I have always had trouble with are soft plastics... Iíve got the pitch etc. down, I just never seem to get a bite if Iím fishing a soft plastic.
Goosehunter82, you have got to try jigging raps in the winter (tipped with a head/tail of minnow or gulp), even now when over a school of fish, and especially in the fall, it's often a go-to lure. For you, it could easily go from worst, to dam near 1st.
I could throw everything in all my tackle boxes in the lake and only fish with bait rigs. And I wouldn't miss the lures at all. Still I am obsessed with dragging them around to whatever lake I fish. Just doesn't make sense!
Reply by: Assassin Posted: May. 19, 6:59:06 AM Points: 1044
Johnski, I have a love hate with kastmasters. I find fish have to be aggressive for them to work for me. Tipping them ice jigging doesnt hurt either. All the same, I dont use them much. Panther martins work better for me too, I think because you can retrieve them super slow or fast and they still spin great. Love those guys.
I think jerkbaits are my nemesis. I keep buying them. I keep throwing them. And it seems like everytime I give them a go I get skunked.
Reply by: shiverfix Posted: May. 19, 8:47:11 AM Points: 3761
johnski, it is just the opposite for me. Love kasties, have caught both fresh and salt on them. But I can cast a spinner until my arm falls off with no luck.
Then again, I probably wouldn't cast one until my arm fell off. I think that one lure that doesn't work for us is the lure we don't have any confidence in so we give up on pretty quick. Self fulfilling prophecy.. See, I knew it wouldn't work, I'm going back to a (fill in the blank with your favorite lure here).
I once had a chance to do a sort of controlled experiment: I went to a lake loaded with 12 -14 inch cutthroats that did not allow bait fishing, but which had so many fish in it that you could catch them on just about anything. So, I decided this would be a good chance to see what lure worked the best. I stood in one place on a big rock where I could cast 180 degrees and I took my collection of lures that I had the most faith in (what little faith I did have in them), and I tried them one after the other for equal number of casts to see what got the most hits. I had panther martins, Thomas lures, Kastmasters, and I forget all what else. Bottom line was the Kastmaster took the prize by about a factor of about two. A couple weeks later, they drained the lake and killed all the cutts - typical irrigation district indifference to the fish. At least I discovered something interesting before that happened. Later on, with other lakes for cutts, I gave fly and bubble fishing a shot, and that proved better than lures, but less predictable.
Gotta agree with Pathway. To a point. Most lures will catch fish . Yes throw a lure often enough . And odds are something will bite it. That doesn't make the lure productive or unproductive. Just not suited to the way a person likes to fish.Or not suited to the fish in the area. Some people like to reel fast . some like to slow retrieve. Some like to twitch and reel, some don't . And the truth is. The avg fisherman .. doesn't .. change their retrieve enough to match their lure.And lets face it. If a lure doesn't produce. You loose confidence in it . And it rarely gets used.
Im just as guilty. I like to paint lures.I like to experiment with different patterns I got a whole box full of '"Killer" lure patterns That DON"T CATCH FISH. Why don,t they catch ? There based off of popular patters , and use popular colors and my standard lures . The fish here just don't relate to them. Doesn't mean that in different waters . Or fished often enough ,they won't produce. They just didn't work well enough for me. So I quickly loose confidence in them. And they end up in my "rejection " box. Besides , my feelings get really, really hurt, When my lure passes by a fish . And he sticks his head out of the water , puts his fins in his ears and goes ..pppphhbbbrrrrttttt !!!!!!
Also for the record. For me it's Super Dupers. I can't seem to get a retrieve on those lures that will even get a fish to sniff it. One of the most popular trout lures on the planet. And I can't seem to work it. People swear by them , I swear at them ! When I'm fishing one . I can even hear the fish giggling as my lure passes them.
Reply by: ass bass or cash Posted: May. 19, 5:04:17 PM Points: 1730
I think we all learned alot here. My cursed lure is your go-to and vice versa. There is something to be said about fishing certain lures in the right conditions, with the right action, retrieval speed and for the right species. Ultimately, when fish are hungry, they bite! See guy who catches catches catfish on egg mcmuffin or bluegil on literally anything.
As has been said, most every lure will catch fish eventually, or given the right situation. For me, it's more technique-based.
The Carolina rig has never caught me a bass. It's partially a lack of trying, for sure, but still, there have been plenty of tournaments won and lots of bass caught by the C-rig. Not a single fish for me.
I've also never caught a bass on a rat-l-trap or any of the copycats. Caught plenty of pike and walleye on em though.
Spybaiting has also never worked for me, but I'm sure I haven't really found the situation in which it will shine. Those lures are too dam expensive to not work!! In the same vein, I have a couple jointed swimbaits that haven't seen the inside of a fish's mouth.
The drop shot and ned rig are a couple more techniques that definitely do not work as well for me as for other people. To be fair, this one is 100% because of personal preference. I've caught plenty of fish with these techniques. I'm just not a finesse fisherman and I don't like fishing them. I have a hard time staying in contact with the bait, I don't like wading through all the small fish and non-target species, and I don't like the constant battle with snags and break-offs.