Spice Up That Fishing Lure

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Tweaking A Lure……. To Catch More Fish.

Its always fun going to the tackle shop to see if there are any new lures on the market.

But sometimes the same old time proven lures work but they just need to be jazzed up a little. Manufacturers could add a grand amount of color and flare to the lures, but the cost of that lure would be far to high.

So you can save some money by adding your own color on the bland lure to suit the local fishing environment.

Read this article to make your lures more appealing.

One thing we’ve learned from a multitude of pros over 20 years of being around hardcore bass anglers is that they very rarely use anything as is straight out of the package.

That’s where a few markers and some glue can come in handy. I’ve grown very fond of throwing the Berkley PowerBait Swimshads.

I typically will start with a shad looking one with either green back or a blue back depending on the color of the water I’m fishing. For some reason I like those green ones in water that has a green tint to it and the blue ones in water that has a blue tint to it.

The first thing I do before tying one on is making sure it’s eyes will stay on. So I pull them off. Yep first thing I do is tear up my swimbait. For some reason the eyes are always the first thing to go. I will super glue or marine glue the eyes on being sure to cover the backs and around the seam to keep them on for a lot longer.


The next thing I do is take a chartreuse die pen or a q-tip dipped in a chartruese die and paint a chartreuse stripe. If you’ve pulled shad out of the water and looked at them and bent them around in the light, you often see an iridescent flash. I liked the added chartreuse line there to break up the otherwise plain sides. A baitfish looks white from a distance but it changes colors as it bends in the light. So I add a little change to the bait.

The next thing I think can be a bite trigger is blood from the gills. I take a red paint pen and I will paint red gills in a very natural looking way on either side of the swimbait and also sometimes to the throat of the bait. I feel that a fish that follows and then notices the gill red is more apt to commit than a bait that looks uniform all the way down the body. Again breaking up the profile and the silhouette a little in the process

So with a few seconds of work you can make an already good swimbait even better.


Go to Jason Sealock and wired2fish to read entire article.

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