What Lure to Use in Saltwater

Saltwater predator fish tend to eat certain baitfish that are available at that time they are there so it kind of changes the game when lures are used because you’ll need the knowledge to attract the species of fish you desire to catch. Saltwater Lures are all different and unique for each fish, area, and time you fish them. What lure should you use in Saltwater? 

Use a Saltwater Lure that is close to the appearance and presentation of baitfish that are available in the area that the predator fish are used to eating, drawn to them using their senses of vibration, scent, or attracted by colors, movement, and visual curiosity.

There is something about the use of Lures in Salt or Freshwater that completes an Angler’s knowledge of the sport of  Fishing Natural baits have their place but hit and chase of the artificial lure provide the ultimate satisfaction of hunting down predator fish.


Best Lures For Inshore Saltwater Fishing


Jammas 5Pcs Red Fish Bait Soft Silicone Prawn Shrimp Fishing Lure With HookWhen inshore fishing gets going you want to be on top of the game with the best lures to nail the species like Redfish, Snook, and Flounder as they become available. You want to be throwing what the fish have been eating like shrimp all winter long. Bay fish eat what’s available in the winter and baitfish aren’t available until the water temperatures start to pick up.

Mostly working off scent inshore fish will hit on artificial lures that contain scent during late Spring when they start to make a transition to baitfish but before the baitfish become available to them. Soft Silicone Prawn Shrimp come in sets of 5 or 6 and will catch Bay fish early in the season.

This imitation type lures like the Jammas 5Pcs Red Fish Bait Soft Silicone Prawn Shrimp Fishing Lure With Hook they create life-like swimming actions in water. Smooth and rapid diving action is available through Amazon.



Paddle tails Soft Lures

  • Lifelike design: Natural fish-shaped crankbait outlines bright colors and lifelike, effectively attracting hungry fish in freshwater and seawater and triggering their attacks.
  • Portable and soft: small and soft, easy to carry. They are soft and tough, durable, and easy to use. If you are new to bass fishing, this is your ticket. Regardless of conditions, time or location.
  • Used in Salt and Freshwater

Paddle Tails artificial baits are used late summer early fall in any color water are very realistic prop fished bottom or top and fast and slow retrieve with a weedless option. Excellent performance, presentation, and movement in the water: shaking, shaking, undulating, undulating when falling into the water, standing upright when falling into the water. Jump, if you drag it along the bottom, it will slide like a baitfish. Imagine how many fish you will catch when fishing with these baits. They will produce fish. Especially Paddle Tails Lures in the 3-4 inch range.


Best Saltwater Lures For Pier Fishing


                  Gotcha Saltwater Pug

Fish swimming near piers like Spanish Maceral and Bluefish have an attraction to shiny objects. One shiny Lure, in particular, is the Gotcha Plug. These fishing lures work great for pier fishing because they can cast far and cover a lot of water. It is pretty simple to use, give the lure a cast and twitch it all the way back.

If you want to join in the fun, give a Gotcha Lure a try next time you are at the pier. Plugs like these don’t create much action by themselves but the angler when retrieving it can get it to jerk left to the right movement which will attract fish.

This Saltwater Lure has a long body and shiny finish that larger predator fish will come running. It has some good casting weight so you’ll be able to reach far out places and when you retrieve the Lure acts like a wounded baitfish that will bring in Blue or Mackeral.




Best Saltwater Lures for Night Fishing


Most saltwater fish are active at night as long as they’re hungry but they have to see or hear what bait or artificial bait they are interested in. Sea Bass Blues, Snook Tarpon, or Redfish. In fact, those fish will be in the same spots and areas in saltwater at night.

If you do find fish in a certain area but they won’t feed it could be that they are gorged and already had their fill. Those feeding patterns won’t change so figure it out and show up at dinnertime night or day. Navigate docks or lights that are on the water during your day fishing and chances are when you come back at dark the fish will be active in those spots.

Lights that are on at regular times in evening hours won’t spook fish because they are used to them shinning on the surface of the water. Baitfish will become active then predator fish will come in to feed on baitfish. If you’re using a headlamp that is what may spook fish because it’s unnatural to them and random. Keep your headlamp in your kayak or boat or turn your back to the water to set up your fishing line. Lure selection at night is different than in the daytime. Fish at night depend more on:

  • Scent
  • Vibration 
  • Sound
             Super Spook Top Water Lure

As opposed to relying on the sense of sight. So if you are fishing at night one of these controls should be at play in your Saltwater Lure selection and the same for Freshwater Lure selection. Paddle Tails that we talked about earlier will work at night only sized bigger with a longer tail for increasing sound and vibration. This bigger disturbance will help predator fish notice it more in the water.

Color is not as critical as it would be in the daytime. Try something about 5 inches to maximize the effect. This Super Spook Topwater has a killer presence at night in Saltor Freshwater. Predators often strike looking up at baitfish leaving them no place to run to and facing the surface gives the added advantage of moonlight as a backdrop for the hunter. On that same point, the color gold needs less moonlight to create a flash on or in water.

  1. White Bucktail– White bucktails have been around and used for saltwater fishing for a long time, and they still work great up to date.
  2. Super Spook Top Water-Super Spook Saltwater Fishing Lure 7/8 Ounce 5 Inch Rattle Bone X925614  Top Fishing Lure.
  3. Ben Parker 8″ Magnum Flutter Spoon Gold Shattered Glass Fishing Lure – 
Ben Parker 8″ Golden Magnum Flutter Spoon


Best Lure For Surf Fishing


sea striker surf spoon fishing lure
 Gold Spoon

Much like the experience of catching a Largemouth Bass with a rubber worm, you can get the same rush from using artificial baits on Saltwater right off the surf. Taking to the air shaking the lure trying to disengage it from its mouth. It’s a thrill of fishing with a Saltwater artificial lure.

heddon zara spook surf fishing lure
Heddon Zara Spook Topwater Plug

Baitfish travel along the edge of the coastal waters where predators wait between breakers in holes swimming sideways along troughs in front or behind breakers and waiting for dinners.

My best experiences are using artificial lures retrieving them in and having a Striper or Blue chase down right off the beach. I’m from Jersey so I’m a little bias Surf fishing is the most exciting type of fishing especially with artificial baits and                                                               lures. Some of the best lures for Surf Fishing are:

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          Diamond Jig
  • Diamond Jigs– heavy 1-4 0z. enough to hold water that day and the colored plastic tail is also a daily choice so stop in the nearest local tackle shop before hitting the beach that day. They are awesome to cast and can cover a great distance if you know how to cast.
  • Spoons– Gold is always a good choice in saltwaterMetal spoons are a staple for any saltwater fisherman. Large metallic spoons are meant to resemble most baitfish, making them a great lure to attract a variety of fish in the ocean.
  • Heddon Zara Spook Topwater Plug- are heavy enough and can attract predators to the surface resemble most baitfish and come in assorted colors making them a favorite and successful saltwater lure at Jersey shore beaches.




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