CREA­TURE BAITS

Angling Times (UK) - - TIPS & TRICKS -

You can buy all sorts of weird and won­der­ful crea­ture lures, from some that im­i­tate cray­fish and nymphs, right up to ducks! All will catch fish, not be­cause they fool the fish into think­ing they are eat­ing their nat­u­ral food, but be­cause they stim­u­late the hunt­ing in­stinct.

Ob­vi­ously, this means some will be more suc­cess­ful than oth­ers and, for me, ac­tion is al­ways key. For­get what the lure looks like, if it has the right ac­tion it will catch fish. Ac­tion nor­mally comes from us­ing soft ma­te­ri­als, so look for lures that are very flex­i­ble, of­ten with tails and claws that move when the lure is re­trieved.

Cray­fish im­i­ta­tions are par­tic­u­larly good, but the ones that I favour are not the most life­like.

Far from it, they barely re­sem­ble any­thing at all, but they have a great ac­tion in the wa­ter, even when fished slow and with a stop-start pat­tern of re­trieve.

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