Q: I am look­ing at hav­ing a go at fish­ing with lures. Can you tell me if it’s okay to use them as an al­ter­na­tive to lug or rag­worm? SCOTT WIL­SON, EASTBOURNE, EAST SUS­SEX

Sea Angler (UK) - - SEA SCHOOL -

AK & DS say: You may have come across ar­ti­fi­cial worm repli­cas be­fore, like Marukyu Isome and Berkley Gulp. Both these prod­ucts are mar­keted as re­place­ments for live­bait, although here in the UK they are far more likely to be adopted by LRF an­glers as flavoured lures.

Af­ter us­ing these prod­ucts ex­ten­sively for six or seven years now, we wouldn’t say these ar­ti­fi­cial worms at­tract fish as well as good-qual­ity live­bait, but there are many ad­van­tages. They're read­ily avail­able, they store well, and you can take home what you don't use. In ad­di­tion, they are of a uni­form shape, come in dif­fer­ent colours and sizes and are eas­ily mounted on a hook – and they catch plenty of fish.

There's one key fac­tor to mak­ing these 'lures' suc­cess­ful, and that's move­ment. Fish them in such a way that they move and you will catch. Which is ex­actly why we be­lieve they've been so pop­u­lar with LRF an­glers.

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