When And How To Change Lures?

That’s a question that is regularly asked and which you are waiting for an answer. That said, there is no miracle combination and it will happen that fish swallow our lureswhole. However, with a few tricks, the fisherman can counteract the mood of the fish to multiply the number of catches.

We won’t have all the most beautiful lures on the market in our boxes, it is not enough the fishermen say today I fish with this one all day and I’ll catch all the fish I want. As is regularly pointed out: lures catch especially the sinner before the fish!

catfishsunset080210-42So far (if I take as example only the soft baits) with some references and a wide range of Jig Heads, the fisherman can compensate for a lot of situations. Although in this article some tracks will be “highlighted”, there are still lot of things to understand and improve!

Back to fishing, I think (without too much understanding) that we have all experienced at least a session between buddies where two fishermen equipped with the same lure and the same Jig end up with very different results. Namely one which multiplies the catches and the second in howling anger not getting exactly the same results. Luck, success or even just simply that the fish responded to a ‘stimulus’ all factor in here!

A “stimulus”, here is the answer! In these situations, you have to compare the two fishermen’s fishing action. Keys often differ by a simple detail that multiplies the reactions of predators. This detail can be linked to the presentation of the lure (linear, vertical, diagonal) or animation (grazing, aggressive, peeled…). Always is it that one of the two is right and the other wrong!

This example is meant to highlight the fact that you can fish with the lure of the day and the good presentation (I mean here the weight) without necessarily catching fish. Many fishermen have a tendency to try all the lures of the box to exclaim: “I’ve tried everything but they didn’t want any of them. In this kind of session, this same fisherman will have multiplied the presentations of the day (some ineffective other medium…) but will have mostly spent a lot of time with lures out of water as below. Added to this, a loss of confidence on these choices and the “we’ll see” after every change!

Without necessarily going into the details, as the season of simple rules can be applied according to the color of the water and the time. As well on the weights of heads sealed on the size, vibration or the hue of the lures.


For this I divide my season in three main parts:

– Summer

– Winter

– Fall and spring



  • First: hot water, quick digestion of fish, and presence of predators across the body of water (more or less high concentration, it is said that 90% of the volume is populated in the summer). The idea is to multiply the shots to catch a maximum of fish in hunting (fishing line).
  • Second: cold water, slow digestion and fish concentrated in positions and points precise (they say that 10% of the volume is populated in the winter). The idea is to slow down the presentations since the fish do not go running behind your lures. A very slow linear or a vertical are then recommended.
  • Finally fall: two periods that I call a mixture of both in the sense that changes in temperatures and weather conditions vary enormously. Either fish recolonisent the mass of water (spring), or they decolonisent (winter approaches) to start to gather. According to moods, there are either inactive fish (fisheries slow winter type) of the euphorias (quick fisheries type was).

Basically, according to the time, the 3 ‘seasons’ and places caught (Lakes and rivers), my boxes are composed of different weights of Jig Heads. In winter, I fish more heavy and varied my presentations between 1 and 4 gr/m (ex: 7 m = 14gr for 2 gr/m) while the summer, I’m more on 1 gr/m ratios see less (4 m = 4 gr…)

These weights are based on the mood of predators and the time. That said there is nothing heavy fishing summer and light winter. The previous ratios are really “ratio types” to be applied through a simple example to follow in the next post.

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