Soft plastic shad fishing lures are proven fish catchers, partly due to the wriggling action they get from their paddle tails and their realistic apperance. Remarkably, some even smell and taste like the real thing too!
They're so-called after the fish species of that name, which are members of the herring family, and - unfortunately for them - a popular baitfish for pretty much all saltwater predators.
Plastic shad lures are relatively inexpensive to buy, which in view of their lack of long-term durability, is good news indeed.
In fact they're cheap enough to have a number of different shapes, sizes and colours in your lure box so for those days on which the fish aren't being entirely cooperative.
They can be fished unweighted, or fitted with separate leadheads at which point, by my terminology anyway, they become swimbaits.
Otherwise, with no leadhead, they remain a plastic shad fishing lure and must be rigged with a special single-cranked hooked specially designed for the purpose, like this one...
This is easy:~
It's just a matter of practise. Soon you'll be doing it right first time, every time!
Unlike shad lures, soft plastic sandeel imitations sport a wriggle tail, not a paddle
tail - it does the same thing though. These long, narrow lures need to be similarly
impaled carefully on a specially cranked hook.
But, as the sandeel doesn't have sufficient body depth to conceal the hook shank, their special hook has an additional crank in it - the Z-bend hook - so the lure sits in the bend of the hook and lies along the shank of the hook.
Dec 20, 17 08:28 AM
If you use trolling lines, then rigging a bird teaser ahead of your lures is probably the simplest and most effective thing you can do to improve your strike rate
Dec 20, 17 08:19 AM
The classic technique for sailboat fishing is trolling a handline astern. But, as many offshore sailors will tell you, its not quite as simple as that. Here are the tips you need to get results
Dec 17, 17 02:47 AM
In 1995, a friend of mine purchased a 43' Beneteau (the Kai Luana) in Honolulu. He asked a couple of friends to help him sail it back to Kwajalein, Marhall