Trolling Lure Skirts Don't Last Forever. Time for a Change Maybe?

New lure skirts will immediately re-establish your lure's eye-catching attraction, but no matter how convincing they look to us humans, they won't catch anything unless the fish know they're there. They need to make their presence known.

Skirted trolling lures achieve this by setting up a long stream of tiny bubbles - the smoke trail.

Most of the smoke trail is created by the lure head - in fact, often it's all of it, with the skirt contributing nothing other than colour and bulk.

While colour may be important - there's certainly more than one school of thought on that issue - there's little doubt that a good smoke trail really does provide the visual stimulation that draws in predatory fish to the lure.

When you're changing your skirts then, don't just go for colour - look for texture on the surface of the skirt.

a good bubble trail for a skirted fishing lureTextured skirts will produce an impressive smoke trail...

So anything the skirts can provide to add to the smoke trail is a valuable contribution indeed.

All those little nodules and indentations work on the water and produce vibrations and bubbles. Every little helps!

It's not always easy to find original manufacturer's replacement lure skirts - they'd much rather sell you a new complete lure - but both Bass Pro and Tackle Direct icon have a good selection of replacement skirts to choose from.


And talking of changing lure skirts, here's how it's done:~

First, cut off the old skirt, showing appreciation where appreciation is due, then discard it without any further display of emotion and...

Cut off the nose of the new skirt (if it had one) such that it can just be stretched over the head of the lure, then...

Replacing the skirt on a trolling lure (1)If the new skirt has a nose, cut it off...

Turn the skirt inside out and insert the lure head, front-end first into the skirt leaving just a smidgen of the lure head visible, next...

Replacing the skirt on a trolling lure (2)Turn skirt inside-out and insert head..

Bind the skirt with light line, nipping it tight in the necked section of the lure head - drop of superglue on the whipping will do no harm - and finally...

Replacing the skirt on a trolling lure (3)Attach skirt securely to head...

Roll the skirt back over the lure head, and voila! A new lure. For a fuller or more colourful skirt, try a double.

Replacing the skirt on a trolling lure (4)Ready to go!

Artwork by Andrew Simpson


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