3 Artificial Lure Mistakes That Skunk Anglers

Have you ever seen a place where fish are feeding on bait but will not hit your lure? Or worse still, have you ever been on the same boat as someone using the same lure to catch fish, but nothing is working for you? If you make one of these three common mistakes, you should try a different approach.

  1. Incorrect Lure

Choosing the wrong bait for your fishing situation can enormously impact your success. You have to determine if the bait is the right profile for the type of fish you're trying to catch, if it's the right size and if its colour will blend well with your surroundings.

For example, if you're salmon fishing in a small river, catching chinook salmon at dusk, you probably shouldn't be using a green shallow-diver style bait. The right bait for the situation would be something more natural, like a salmon egg.

In the same situation, while looking at your lure, you'd see that its profile doesn't look like anything that would be baitfish in that environment. And while it could be the right size, its bright green body will make it easy for salmon to see. You also want to avoid using a lure that shines too brightly in the water, as this will also make it easy for them to see it.

  1. Incorrect Rigging

Soft plastic lures move naturally through the water but don't always catch fish. On the other hand, soft plastic lures rigged incorrectly can spin unnaturally and won't entice fish to bite; an incorrect rigging excludes fish. And incorrect rigging isn't just about how you tie your soft plastic lures on hooks.

It's also about the knots you tie with them. Most soft plastic lures need to dart around to be effective erratically; most of the time, loop knots do this job perfectly. However, most anglers use snug knots with their soft plastic lures, which restricts the lure's action; when that happens, you won't catch as many fish as you could.

  1. Incorrect Presentation

There are two big ways people make the mistake of not catching fish: the lure is either in the wrong part of the water or isn't retrieved correctly. If you're salmon fishing, you want to drag your lure slowly along the bottom, around the weeds and rocks.

Even if you're using a lure with a treble hook, this is not a good time to be speeding up and picking up speed; this is why you want to use a drag system that allows you to slow the lure down. As well as doing this, you want to ensure you're holding your rod up while fishing. Fishing with your rod low to the ground won't allow your lure to be at the correct depth.

You also must ensure you're using the correct retrieval speed for the depth you're fishing. If you're using a crankbait or jig, it should be retrieved quickly, but if you're using a worm or crawler, it should be retrieved slowly.

If you're using a spinner bait, you'll have to retrieve it at the right speed for how the fish are feeding in that water. The best way to ensure your lure works is to put it in the water and see how it moves.


While getting caught up in all the tackle, boats, and gear in the fishing world is easy, don't forget the importance of presentation when trying to catch fish. The three common mistakes listed above have a much more significant impact on your success than you think, so make sure you look out for them.

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