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Best Diving Lures 2018 – [Buyer’s Guide]

Last Updated February 1, 2018
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Edwin GarrettHey friends! I’ve got something important to talk about today! I spent 43 hours researching and testing 24 different types of diving lures and found that material, variety of sizes, and style were most important.

In fact, it was the first time I had been in this situation and what I thought was going to be a very quick and easy task turned out to be a good many weeks of research. You see I’m an average member of the public just like you and the main reason I decided to publish a review website on diving lures is because I was looking for one not so long ago.

Best Diving Lures of 2018

After carefully examining the reviews and ratings of the people who have used them earlier this listicle has been made. I browse the various diving lures available on the market and list three of the very best. If you get well acquainted with these basics, you shouldn’t have a problem choosing a diving lures that suits your need. Here are my top picks with detailed reviews, comparison charts and buying guides to help you purchase the perfect item for your needs.

Test Results and Ratings

Rank №1 №2 №3
Product
Total 4.8 4.5 4.3
Design
4 points
5 points
4 points
Versatility
5 points
4 points
4 points
Performance
5 points
4 points
5 points
Value
5 points
5 points
4 points
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№1 – Sougayilang Fishing Lures Crankbait Swimbait Hard Topwater Lure for Bass Walleye Fishing pack of 5

 
Sougayilang Fishing Lures Crankbait Swimbait Hard Topwater Lure for Bass Walleye Fishing pack of 5

Pros
5pcs Shallow Square Bill Crankbaits with Different Colors.Lures length:2.36in. Weight: 0.60oz /piece, 5PCS Fishing Lures in One Plastic Box.Dives 3 to 6 Feet.This Crankbaits are Perfect Lures for Big Predatory Fish,Big Perch, Walleyes, Salmon and Trout. Pikes, Muskies and Bass just can’t Resist Them.
Cons
Nothing, except that I wasted too much time making my choice.
 
Total:
4.8

Why did this diving lures win the first place?

The rear part fits perfectly! It is mounted really tight and reliable. The product is very strong. Its material is stable and doesn’t crack. I don’t know anything about other models from this brand, but I am fully satisfied with this product. I am very happy with the purchase. It is definitely worth its money. The product is top-notch!

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Design
4

4star

Versatility
5

5star

Performance
5

5star

Value
5

5star

 

 

№2 – Fishing Lures Multi-Jointed Wobbler Crankbait Minnow and Popper Diving Topwater Lure with Treble Hooks for Bass Trout Walleye Freshwater Saltwater Swimbaits

 
Fishing Lures Multi-Jointed Wobbler Crankbait Minnow and Popper Diving Topwater Lure with Treble Hooks for Bass Trout Walleye Freshwater Saltwater Swimbaits

Pros
🐟ARTIFICIAL BAIT-Durable ABS construction make swimbait reusable & environment protective.
🐟TOPWATER FISHING BAIT- Multi-Jointed 3 Section Segment body and quick diving lip design make the bait move flexible,simulation fish tail shows.
🐟3D EYES AND BRILLIANT COLORS:Brilliantly replicates color and patterns of actual bait fish to attract fishes.
Cons
It smelled a little, but it didn’t last for a long time..
Can be tedious to clean up.
 
Total:
4.5

Why did this diving lures come in second place?

I like this product. For such a low price, I didn’t even hope it to be any better. It’s decently made. Managers explained me all the details about the product range, price, and delivery. This is a pretty decent product that perfectly fitted the interior of our office. Seems that the material is good. It has a very beautiful color but I don’t really like the texture.

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Design
5

5star

Versatility
4

4star

Performance
4

4star

Value
5

5star

 

 

№3 – Hpory Fishing Lure Set

 
Hpory Fishing Lure Set

Pros
Super-realistic Insect Imitator & Prime Quality: Awesome profile and super-realistic paint jobs that accurately mimic a real insect. 3D Lifelike eyes designs helps to attract a larger catch. Sharp treble hooks ensure hooking power and will result in more fish landed.
Cons
Not the most affordable on the market.
It is pretty heavy..
 
Total:
4.3

Why did this diving lures take third place?

It doesn’t squeaks nor bents. Looks great in my apartment. I hope that the good reputation of the manufacturer will guarantee a long-term work. This price is appropriate since the product is very well built. I liked the design. We’ve been using it for 2 months and it still looks like brand new.

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Design
4

4star

Versatility
4

4star

Performance
5

5star

Value
4

4star

 

 

Diving Lures Buyer’s Guide

If you keep the before points in mind, you can easily go out to the market and buy diving lures, right? No!

AnglingTimes

We won’t detail colours of lures in this article because that is something that varies on any given day and there isn’t a definitive ‘best colour’. If there was, all lures would be that one colour! Instead this in-depth article details what to look out for when buying lures to catch pike, zander, chub and perch.

Here we’ll cover them all in detail to explain how they all work and perform, plus we’ll show you how to retrieve each style for the maximum effect.

Choosing plugs

Plugs can be bought in single bodied or jointed form. They perform the same but you’ll find the jointed lures wriggle and can produce more fish.

Some plugs to not have lips. These are floating plugs designed to catch fish in the surface layers because they do not dive under the surface very far – only inches in most cases. Great for summer pike action.

The angle of the lip will determine how deep floating lures dive. If the lure has a long lip that points straight out front it will dive very quickly indeed and will be designed for winding down to depth of around 10ft or even more. These are perfect in winter when the predators will be lying at the bottom.

If you see a floating lure that’s lip points downwards it will be a shallow diver – it will dive quickly to around 4ft deep maximum.

There are lips set at 4degrees to the body – these will dive to around 6-8ft, so all depths can be covered by a variety of floating diving plugs that have different lip angles.

Sinking plugs will continue to drop to the bottom until you start retrieving. If these lures didn’t have lips they would simply come straight up to the surface, but the force of the water against the lip pushes the lure down. The combined effect of trying to wind the plug to the surface against the force of the water pushing down on the lip makes the lure travel in a straight line. It will only begin rising upwards when it nears the angler and the upward pull from the reeling beats the downward force on the plug’s lip.

The lips on plugs vary massively. The uppermost plug has a long, straight lip that will make it dive very quickly to extreme depths. The lower plug has a lip that protudes downwards and this will make the plug dive to only a few feet. A good combination of lip patterns will ensure that you can cover a multitude of depths.

With care, sinking plugs can be worked at any depth. All you have to do is to count them down. As soon as the lure hits the surface start counting and start the first retrieve when you reach two. On the next cast aim at the same spot, count to four, then start retrieving. If the water’s deep enough do the same again but count to six.

Doing this ensures that your plug works at different levels of the water, giving you a higher chance of retrieving your plug right alongside a pike.

Some plugs are jointed versions. They perform exactly the same as the above descriptions except they wriggle when they work through the water. They are very popular lures because of this added attraction.

Here’s how floating plugs work underwater. When you crank the plug back it will dive to a depth determined by the angle of the lip, and when you stop winding the lure back it will begin to float upwards again. Simply repeat the process to create a zig-zag pattern through the water.

Fishing with jerkbaits

A decade ago jerkbaits were out of reach for most anglers as they required incredibly powerful and specialist rods that are only any good for jerkbait fishing, super strong traces of 100lb-plus breaking strain, 100lb braided mainlines and powerful multiplier reels. Now times have changed and thankfully any lure fisherman can use the new breed of micro jerkbaits on the market.

Years ago jerkbaits used to weigh between 6-12oz and cost £2or so apiece. Now you can buy much smaller mini jerkbaits that weigh the same as most plugs and cost under a tenner – perfect!

Here’s examples of jerkbaits. On the left, we have the new breed of micro-jerks and on the right are the original jerkbaits that can weigh in excess of 8oz.

To make these lures perform as haphazardly as that requires a completely different technique. Instead of winding the lures back they should be flicked back using short and sharp flicks of the rod. The rod should be jerked downwards to make the lure shoot forwards, then the angler will have to lift the rod and wind in some line then jerk the rod down again.

The results can be amazing – we would definitely advise you give these tremendous little micro jerkbaits a try.

You will need to use a braided mainline though because mono will stretch and absorb some of the action made by flicking the rod tip down.

Here’s how jerkbaits work underwater. Some jerkbaits sink while others float, but they should still be fished in the same manner, which involves flicking the rod tip downwards sharply to force the jerkbait through the water. This action will make the lure dart about all over the place.

Fishing through weed with spinnerbaits

Amazingly these V-shaped lures with their inward-pointing hooks do catch predators. They are quite specialised in that not many anglers use them, probably due to the strange shape and not knowing just how affective they can be.

But spinnerbaits are great fish catchers as – like a certain lager – they reach the parts other lures can’t. Because of the inward-pointing hook they can be worked really close and often through strands of weed – the lure just bounces through the green stuff. And in winter, when the pike sink to the bottom and tuck themselves up right in the strands of weed, these lures can be very effective indeed.

To fish them correctly requires using the countdown method (detailed above) to ensure that the lure works at the right depth. When it’s steadily wound back to the rod tip the lure spins and flashes as the metallic spoon attached to the body catches any light at the bottom of the water.

Here’s how spinner baits perform underwater. They should be counted down to the bottom and then retrieved steadily with the odd pause to make them flutter through any weed on the bottom.

When rigged-up correctly the hook should protrude out of the top of the plastic body so that the lure can come to rest on the bottom with the hook pointing upwards, well out of the way of any weed. This makes the lures perfect for bouncing along the bottom to create plenty of disturbance and even small clouds of silt eruptions from the lake or river bed that will attract the attention of nearby predators.

For this reason they are ideal in the depths of winter when the pike lay close to the bottom.

Pop-up the hook

If you are noticing ‘taps’ on the lure from fish hitting it as it’s being retrieved, but you aren’t gaining proper takes, try this neat trick. Cut off a small section of rig foam and slide it over one of the points of the trailing treble hook. This will lift the treble hook and provide far more hook-ups from any fish that hits it.

Try a rattler

In murky water or when fishing lures really deep down, predators may not be able to see your lure approaching, but by using a lure featuring a rattle within the body or a rattle clipped to the trace the fish will hear the lures long before they manage to see them.

Size matters

You don’t always need big lures to catch huge pike. Providing the lure you are using is presented correctly you should catch, and that is regardless of the size. All you need is the confidence to fish the lure you’ve just clipped to your trace!

Rapala X-Rap Magnum Fishing Lures

This ideal grouper lure for deep trolling whether you are inland or way offshore can reach depths up to 30 feet and speeds of 1knots. Ideal for unassisted deep trolling both inland and offshore. The textured body gives you an aggressive darting action. The transparent design with an internal cast system means that you will throw it a good distance. √ Aggressive Darting Action √ Hard Cut Reaction

Salas 7X jig

Since early 1952, Salas jigs have been helping fisherman catch albacore, perch, and grouper. Salas makes all of their fishing lures by hand which means you are getting a quality lure. The other reason is they are super at catching fish!

This is a great jig for on the surface fishing. It is light at 1/inches long and weighs 1/ounces. It also comes with a treble hook. A popular jig among many novices and veteran fisherman. This jig is a popular seller, because it really works to hook those big grouper fish. With times the light and a 3/0 hook size, you are sure to land some big grouper with this great lure from Salas. √ 7X Light √ Treble Hook

Grouper Fishing is Fun and Easy

As you can see, grouper fishing is a lot of fun. These are of the best grouper lures which will make a great accessory for any tackle box. A large fish that is aggressive but will quickly bite down on a lure, is exciting to catch. In addition, they taste great on the grill. Want to show your friends you can land a big fish? Want to impress your buddies with a large catch? With one of the above grouper lures, you will be sure to catch a great tasting fish on your next outdoor adventure. Get one of these lures today!

Finding the fish

Finding out as much as possible about where the fish are will save wasted time and petrol. With social media pages and fishing forums you have access to daily reports and can easily learn who did what, where and when; most fisherman can’t help themselves and a smart phone and facebook will usually have the word spread throughout the country fast. The run of giant bluefin that turned up at Apollo Bay in Victoria last year would have just slipped past if it wasn’t for the generous locals sharing their info. Local tackle stores will do their best to put you on the fish, they will even give you gps locations of the last known schools if you ask nicely, buying something first often helps! Knowing what depth the fish are schooling at can be a great help but failing this you need to be able to read the other signs.

One of the best indications are birds, with their advantage of height and eyesight they will be onto any feeding bluefin in no time. Flocks of birds seen circling and diving are a sure indication that something is happening and this should never be ignored. Sometimes bird activity won’t be as obvious. I like to watch them closely to see how much area they are covering, if they are continuously going back over the same area without diving and just zig zagging they may have found bait that is too deep or they are following tuna that aren’t harassing bait yet. I always drag a lure or two through any birds that are doing this before moving on. Birds that are concentrating on each other, sitting on the water or covering too big an area have never produced a strike for me and I won’t even bother pursuing this kind of behaviour.

Sea surface temperatures play a part but isn’t something I concentrate on when targeting bluefin. Bait on the surface is an obvious and important thing to look for, if you can find schools of baitfish shallow on your sounder then you’re on the money, if tuna aren’t harassing it they soon will be. Something that I have found common with bluefin and not so much with other tuna is jumping whilst feeding, I have seen this from jellybean size fish to barrels, and whilst this doesn’t always lead to a strike immediately, it won’t be far away. The radio when game fishing can be your best friend, it’s the best way for your mates to let you know what is happening. Just knowing that others are catching fish is a great boost for the crew who may be starting to get disheartened; there is nothing worse for a crew than doubting that the fish are even there.

Lures and Teasers

When it comes to choosing lures for bluefin tuna the options are endless; colours, head shapes, materials and style all differ greatly yet are all effective in enticing a bluefin. The trick is learning when and where to place these lures into your spread to increase your strike rate; only experience will provide you with this knowledge. Appropriate lure choice will help to unravel some of the mystery of why you are catching nothing but the boat next to you is.

Many lures on the market are coloured to represent the baitfish that bluefin tuna feed on; these colours are a good starting point and when choosing a lure it’s a good idea to keep in mind what the fish are feeding on. Some lures are coloured in fluoro pinks, lumo green and bright purples; these lures in no way represent any of the natural baitfish bluefin prey upon yet they can prove to be irresistible. Size is very important when targeting bluefin and more often than not smaller skirted lures are more productive. I have had success with bluefin hitting inch skirts and to date the biggest fish landed on my boat was 114kg and it had no hesitation in hitting a 7inch lure!

Aside from the variety of head shapes, materials and colour patterns found with skirted lures, you can also implement deep diving bibbed minnows, vibes and bibles minnows into your spread, however, getting them all to swim at the same time can be a difficult task.

The spread and speed

Setting an effective spread is where a lot of fisherman will go wrong, knowing where and how far back to position your lures is something that can only be learnt from hours on the water. If you’re just starting out it’s a good tip to purchase lures where the manufacturer has a suggested position and troll speed on the packet; this will take some of the guess work out of it and save you time on the water trying to get a lure to swim effectively. When determining your lure position its good to place lures where it is as easy as possible for the fish to see it, so when targeting bluefin, I like to run deep divers from the short corners closest to the transom, this puts them below the prop wash and provides a clear silhouette against the white bubbles. From the short and long rigger I like to run resin headed skirted lures in sizes ranging from to inches in length, as these are run off the outriggers they will spend quite a lot of time in clean water outside of your wake; especially when you are turning. From the shot gun or rocket launcher I prefer a metal bullet head skirted lure, as it will travel just below the surface and doesn’t necessarily have a lot of action. Boat speed when trolling is crucial to how your chosen lures will swim. Placing your lures in the front face of the pressure waves created by your boat is advantageous.

The only way to judge a lures ability is by how often it gets hit and the best way to test a lure is when the fish are firing. Take care to note which lures are getting the most strikes. The majority of the time you will find its one or two lures in the spread, this is your chance to do some experimenting, the lures that are not getting any attention can be substituted; this is a great chance to find out what the bluefin want to eat. I have some favourite lures that have caught hundreds of yellowfin but bluefin just don’t like them and I have some lures that have never caught anything but are dynamite on bluefin. Over time this experimenting will give you all the information you need on lure selection for bluefin and you will develop a great arsenal of bluefin catching lures

Teasers

If I think the bluefin are swimming deep I run a Witch Doctor style teaser or if its calm I run an Exciter Bird with a daisy chain of lures for surface splash, sometimes I run both of these teasers; the more action, flash and vibration you can provide, the more interest you will receive from the fish. Running a deep diver just behind the Witch Doctor and a skirted lure in the short rigger position just behind the daisy chain will often result in a strike from these two positions simultaneously.

The Strike

Everything has come together and you’ve got a strike, you need to keep motoring until the rod that has been hit is fully loaded up and paying out line. With the first fish firmly hooked, continue trolling forward allowing the other lures a chance to hook up, you will be surprised just how often you can turn one strike into multiple hook ups if you do this. I generally give the other lures about seconds before I stop. So with or anglers hooked up the remaining crew are free to bring the teasers and rods in, if you can control the situation without tangling often the sinking lures will get hit as well.

Stay with the fish

So we have found the fish and we are getting strikes, this is the time to hit the man over board button on your gps to mark the position, you will be surprised just how far you will move from where you hooked up to where you land the fish. Once all the lures are back out in the water the idea is to make your way back to where you got hit, it’s a good idea to approach the mark in the same direction as the first time. Chances are you are going to get hit again somewhere close, if not, you can zoom right in on your plotter and do ever increasing circles or figure eights of the area. This method will generally result in crossing paths with the school again and the procedure can be repeated over and over. If you are unlucky and can’t find the school again don’t waste too much time over a dead area, move off in search of a different school.

Fighting the fish

Although small fish can be easily subdued on 15kg tackle, should you get a chance to rumble with one of the heavy weights, some fancy foot work will be required and your best aid is the boat. Big powerful bluefin need to be bullied and good boat driving can aid in this. Line angle is important, allowing the angler to fight direct up and down from a stationary boat is a bad idea; this just gives the tuna a chance to lay on his side, kick slowly and rest, unless the angler is good on the rod with some heavy fish fighting experience they will soon tire out in this position. Keeping a high line angle will put less pressure on the angler and will lead the fish forcing him to either swim with you or away from you burning energy in the process. At some point in the fight the bluefin is going to make a screaming dash for the bottom, if you’re in the shallows e.g. 150 meters or less you will be ok, if you’re well off the edge e.g. 1000 meters then good luck! When the fish settles a good trick is to drive off the fish down current, this allows the angler to plane the fish back to the surface and although the fish may still try to get back to the bottom at least you’ve got him working for it and the fish won’t be able to maintain this action for long. Fights that drag on for hours are not good for the terminal tackle the angler or the rest of the fishing day, I prefer to go hard on the fish straight away, if we are going to lose the fish by terminal failure at least it will be quick and allow us to find another fish. A good tip I give the angler is I should be able to hear the reel working all the time, so either the fish is taking line off or the angler is getting it back on the spool, when neither is happening in the stale mate position I will drive around and change the pull angle on the fish causing it to run again. Once you have turned the head and can lead them you can quickly get the big tuna to the boat for a gaff shot. But be warned mess up the gaff shot; spook the fish and its going to find a whole new reserve of fighting power, for this reason I like to go easy on the leader and gently lift it within gaffing range.

Plastic Bait

Whether you’re releasing all of your catches, or keeping a few for the table, walleye are a beautiful species that are a lot of fun to fish. They are relatively common and put up a good fight, making them a favorite target of many anglers.

Regarding the cooking aspect, when it comes to table fare, few fish have as good of a reputation as the walleye. Flaky, tasty, and succulent, walleye meat is a top choice for anglers all across Canada and the northern United States.

As we mentioned, walleye are not only great eating, but they’re also a lot of fun to catch! To hook these prized fish, you need know-how, patience, and the right tackle. While many walleye anglers use live baits, the species is often caught on artificial lures as well. If you want to fill your live well with fat, appetizing walleye, there are a few lures that you should have in your tackle box.

General Consensus

Similar to when you’re fishing for bass, starting with a crankbait is never a bad idea, as you can cover a large range in a short amount of time. Even if you aren’t successful with many strikes, narrowing your focus for areas to cast can play a pivotal role.

The Rapala Shad 0Crankbait is excellent because the appearance is similar to prey fish commonly found in walleye habitats. You can get many different types of color schemes, some with subtle variations, and others that are much different like chartreuse (better for cloudy days or murky water).

Rapala is a reliable brand for walleye lures and their crankbaits are well-liked by many anglers. They provide good action while easily maintaining a steady depth, making it a nice lure to work with.

Overall, we would recommend this crankbait when casting or trolling, in and around cover, and anytime you want to cover a large area to gain a sense of where the walleye are residing.

General Consensus

Spinning jigs are excellent for walleye when you need something to reach greater depths, the walleye are buried deep in cover, and you are casting in fairly tight areas.

When you find the walleye are sticking close to the bottom, especially in and around heavy cover, we would definitely recommend using a spin jig at any depth. The subtle yet erratic action of the vertical jigging combined with the shimmering spin of the blade will entice any sized walleye, especially in cover.

Shad color schemes work well for the jighead, as well as basic colors like white. In darker conditions or in much deeper water, you can choose a more simple dark color for contrast like black. If you think you need a little extra flare to get the walleyes’ attention, try something like chartreuse.

Furthermore, jigs are great because not only are they already ideal for dropping into heavy cover, but if you add bait to the hook you can further improve your chances of success. Whether it’s using a nightcrawler worm, short worm with a bit of tail whip, a rubber skirt, or a plastic crawfish, there are many options available for optimizing your bait.

Overall, we would recommend spinning jigs anytime you’re attempting to reach great depths, in and around vertical ledges and drops, dropping into heavy cover, or trolling if you have an appropriate trailer.

Crankbaits

Arguably the best walleye ice fishing lures, the crankbait can be used to fish in deep areas where other baits can’t reach. These hard-bodies lures come in numerous shapes and sizes, but they generally have a rounded body, two treble hooks, and a bill, which pushes the lure down, forcing it to dive. The larger the bill, the deeper your crankbait will dive, so if it’s sunny, you may want to select the largest bill possible. These lures are also used extensively by anglers trolling for walleye, as the bill keeps them suspended at a consistent depth.

Small Jigs with Feathered Tail

Large walleye will often go for surprisingly small lures, including light jigs with a fuzzy, feathered tail. These lures can be cast and retrieved, but they are also useful for vertical jigging. In a deep lake on a hot day, drop a few brightly-colored jigs with a piece of worm, leech, or even manufactured bait. If a walleye is in the area, he’ll have a hard time resisting a strike.

Spinnerbaits

While spinnerbaits are more common for bass and northern pike, they should not be overlooked when it comes to walleye. Fishing a spinnerbait over weeds and shady structure could entice a walleye to come out of hiding. These are probably more effective in shallower waters, as they won’t reach walleye hiding in deep lakes and reservoirs. While bass anglers often want the largest spinnerbait possible, walleye will regularly strike smaller lures. And remember, spinnerbaits are excellent for walleye when tipped with a worm.

Soft Plastic with Twister Tail

Soft plastics are probably the most versatile of all lure types. Made to mimic everything from worms to crayfish, a soft plastic can be used in nearly any setting, including walleye lakes. A soft plastic worm with a twister tail will drive a walleye crazy, and when you tip it with a worm or minnow, you have a combination that few walleye can resist.

Lipless Crankbait

Lipless lures are different from traditional crankbaits in two important categories. First, without the bill to push them down, they swim much shallower, often staying about six inches to a foot below the surface. Second, they dance a lot tighter, closely simulating how a small fish will swim in cold water. This make them effective choices for early spring and late fall walleye fishing in low-light scenarios.

Spoon Lures

Another top choice for vertical jigging, the spoon lure can be used to entice walleyes that are sitting tight in deep pools and underwater valleys. There are spoons that will flutter, spin, and dance, creating small flashes of light off their metal bodies. This action is meant to resemble an injured or dying baitfish, which triggers a walleye’s feeding instinct.

Stickbaits

Stickbaits have a lot in common with crankbaits. You could even argue that a stickbait is just another type of crankbait. Brushing that aside, stickbaits are very effective for attracting shallow-water walleyes. When trolling an area too shallow for traditional crankbaits, a stickbait can be one of the best walleye lures possible. The rattle attracts attention, while the vibrations and swim pattern make it look like an injured fish, driving a sharp-eyed walleye crazy.

Snorkel Fins

During snorkeling you will not or not often submerge. As you don’t need the added energy to go deep down under water, you will also not need a set of long fins. Fins for snorkeling are shorter and somewhat simpler than scuba or free-dive fins.

Not going under water requires less energy. Having long (or simply wrong) fins will make you feel like you are fighting your fins. If that is the case then try to go for shorter and lighter fins. They will be more comfortable and precise when aiding you during your snorkel excursions.

Scuba Diving Fins

When you scuba dive you need more power coming from your scuba fins. You need the additional power to be able to get down under water quick and with the least amount of effort.

Fins for scuba diving are usually around the same length as snorkel fins. They might be stiffer or have a slightly different design. Some scuba fins are a little longer than fins for snorkeling. Scuba fins do overall require more leg strength to effectively produce a powerful kick under water.

Free Diving Fins

Free diving requires a lot more propulsion than scuba diving or snorkeling. During free diving you try to dive very deep without using any air supply except for the air in your lungs.

This requires to get down and back up as fast as possible. Therefore, free diving fins are usually longer to provide the strongest possible propulsion for each kick.

This significantly reduces the amount of kicks required during descent or ascent and therefore conserves oxygen. Longer fins help achieve this goal but also do require that your legs are strong enough to generate such powerful kicks.

Full-Foot Fins

Looking at full foot fins you will see that they are basically shoes with an attached fin. You slide into them like you slide into a shoe.

The problem is that if you’re not having a great fit then there’s nothing else you could adjust to make them fit better. When they fit correctly then they are the most comfortable type you can get.

They are best used in warm waters and for snorkeling. You will have an easy time to put them on or to get out of them. You also won’t need to wear booties.

Open Heel Fins

These kinds are the most used for scuba diving. Instead of a heel like in a shoe you have a strap around the heel to keep your foot in place.

Even if not diving in really cold water you will usually wear open heel fins with booties. That means that you have to measure for fit while wearing your booties!

Open heel fins have the great advantage that you usually can replace the straps if they break. Full foot fins have to be thrown away if the heel breaks as there’s nothing that can be replaced. Being able to replace the straps is important when you consider that many of these scuba fins end up being quite expensive.

Most open heel fins have larger blades compared to full foot fins. The blade is often also stiffer. The combination of these two factors results in more thrust with each kick.

The larger blade and with that the larger fin makes it harder to travel though. They don’t fit as easily into your suitcase anymore and they usually also weigh more. If you travel a lot you want to consider both weight and length and possibly get a shorter and also lighter fin.

Blade Design

The forward propulsion is generated through the blade of the fin. There are a variety of different designs and shapes of blades that are all having the same goal: provide as much propulsion and thrust under water as possible with the least amount of energy spent.

You can find numerous designs of blades. Some will have rails on the side for higher stiffness, others will have stiffer and softer areas throughout. You can even find blades with vents to reduce drag. You often also can see ribs on the blades which increase the firmness.

Shapes range from futuristic shapes coming out of computer programs to designs that resemble nature. Split fins have completely different shapes of the blades compared to paddle fins.

While all this can be confusing, be aware that as a beginner or recreational diver, you will not necessarily get much benefit out of using the latest and greatest with more or less ribs or rails. Many of these designs work very well in some situations but then on the other hand have disadvantages in other places.

Stiffness of the Blade

The stiffness of the blade is a rather subjective matter. If you are a strong guy with a strong kick then you will definitely prefer and need a stiffer blade.

However, a smaller diver with less strength in the kick will need a less stiff blade. That is not to say that this diver couldn’t deal with a stiff blade. The stiffer blade runs the risk though that it wears a beginner or smaller person out.

In the end for the beginner or recreational diver it comes down to getting a somewhat less stiff blade. Most of the standard fins you can find online will suffice. You won’t run into any issues with fins from any of the best dive gear manufacturers.

Artificial Lures

Most of the artificial lures on the market today are trying to recreate the natural characteristics of live baits. Of course, each of these lures is meant for particular fish species.

Once you go to a local fishing store, you will notice that there are six categories for artificial lures. These are the poppers, spoons, jigs, cranks, flies, and spinners. Their design and characteristics differ. This is to make sure that they can attract the right fish species they are intended to bait.

Other Considerations for Choosing Pike Lures

Any veteran angler would tell you that lures are not the only determinant of a bountiful catch. You also need to consider the overall weight of the rig. Specifically, your reel and rod should be able to cater the bait.

Moreover, your fishing equipment should not exert too much tension. In this way, your rod can withstand the force of the struggle and the weight of the fish.

Lures that are small in size are ideal for spincasting and fly fishing. Therefore, they work best on bluegills and sunfish. On the contrary, cumbersome and large lures are effective in baitcasting and heavy-action spinning. You should choose these type of lures for pike, bass, and walleye.

The weather is also a determinant of the kind of bait that you should choose. There is a general rule that once the day is bright, then you should use lures that are light in color.

Furthermore, the lures you should use in this particular weather condition should have a semblance to the natural physical characteristics of prey fish and insects. These factors can improve the attractiveness of your bait.

On dark days, baits that are dark in color are the most practical to use. Ideally, you should also use lures that vibrate or make noise. These will cause the fish to approach your bait. You have to consider that the day is dim and the visibility of the water is not that good.

Yakima Bait Wordens Original Rooster Tail

One of the best pike lures you can get on the market today is the Yakima Bait Wordens. This spinner lure is effective in attracting pikes and other burly fish. It is available in multiple colors and design to ensure that you won’t run out of choices.

This spinnerbait has a unique spinning action. Therefore, the motion it creates on the surface of water can easily catch the attention of the underwater predators.

Moreover, the Yakima Bait has an in-line weighted design. With this, you can easily glide this bait smoothly on the water. When combined with the spinning action, this lure can cause a feeding frenzy!

Furthermore, this bait has a hackle trail that pulsates. This component of the Yakima Bait Wordens amplifies its potential to attract pikes. Meanwhile, its hooks are made of authentic silver, copper, or brass. With this, you can guarantee that this bait can withstand the underwater struggle!

Supertrip Segment Swimbait Lures

The Supertrip 8-Segment Swimbait Lures can unleash the predatory instinct of pikes! This jointed fishing bait has a special design and appearance. It has an aesthetics that replicate the looks of real fish.

The brilliant colors and patterns of this bait are so realistic that at first glance, you will think that this is a real fish!

However, the performance of the Supertrip Swimbait Lure does not rely on its appearance. In fact, this bait is very versatile. You can use it in any water column, speed, and weather conditions.

The treble hooks are highly durable. They can tackle even the burliest of pikes. Meanwhile, the swimming action of this bait is realistic, too. But unlike the Rose Kuli, this crankbait produce vivid sounds that can attract fish!

Finesse Worm Bait

Pikes like worms! They like it very much that any worm variety will get their attention. When it comes to artificial worm lures, you will need to take a look at Finesse Worm Bait.

This worm lure is one of the most versatile out there. You can use it on various fishing methods. Moreover, these baits are impregnated by salt. Therefore, they can produce the taste that will make the fish stick to your hooks!

Despite its appearance, the Finesse Worm Bait is somehow durable. They can withstand the strong bites of pikes and other saltwater predators. You can even dip them in the water for an extended period without losing their quality.

Rapala Jointed Shad Rap Fishing Lures

Among the favorite meals of pikes are minnows. Therefore, you should get the Rapala Jointed Shad Rap Fishing Lures. These pike lures can quickly suspend in the water. They are also capable of fast retrieval.

These lures use quick diving lip design. Because of this construction, the baits can easily be maneuvered in the water. When there is a bite, you need not struggle to hook them up!

Moreover, the Rapala Jointed Shad Rap Fishing Lures produce “distressed minnow” signals. The sound level is loud enough for pikes to detect. Once they hear the sound, these fish will immediately flock to your bait!

Meanwhile, these baits are also known for their lightweight and durable construction. They can withstand the bites from a burly pike. With these features, an angler can use this bait multiple times!

Well let’s have a look…

Like everything in life things change, modern technology and advances move in and help make things a little bit easier for all of us.

Bass lures are no exception and they have become so sophisticated and realistic that fish cannot resist them.

Does this take some of the fun out of fishing? You tell me.

Made in the USA.

While Jig fishing can be the most productive method of lure fishing for Bass it is one of the harder ways to fish. It takes a fair bit of practice to get everything right, but with a bit of practice you will be hauling in monster bass in no time at all. Great for fishing all types of water especially a river system with weeds as the lure simple skips over them.

We especially like the stiffened weed guard on this particular jig. When you first look at it you may think it’s a bit ‘too’ stiff but the design of the hook allows for perfect hook sets every time a bass decides to take a lunge at this lure. 

Rapala Shad Rap

Another option for an excellent Bass lure is the

Rapala Shad Rap. This lure is dynamite for Bass fishing.

Mimics a wounded baitfish which is irresistible to hungry Bass.

Excellent lure for casting or trolling behind your boat.

Can be reeled in lightning quick or a slow retrieve – doesn’t matter as the fish will attack it anyway.

Nice action with this lure. Swims deep and well through the water. It can be fished with a slow retrieval or at a more rapid pace – depends on your fishing style really. May be a bit light for some fishermen due to it’s balsa makeup. Well finished and deadly for Bass.

There are any number of other ways to catch a prize Bass and a wide variety of lure designers out there. You could try fishing with a rubber worm or soft plastics like the yamamoto senko, using topwater frogs and flipping into the weeds, onto a lily pad or into thick cover to lure out a nice fish. Soft plastic lures can be deadly in the right conditions…

Catching big bass is not an easy pastime – you need to understand your lures and stick to one that will trigger strikes time and time again.

Conditions also play a big part on your lure selection. Are you fishing deep water and need a deep diving lure or a diving crankbait into cold water, are you fishing from boat docks or farm ponds and need a lure that is dragged across the bottom of the water column to tease out the bigger fish? Are you suspending jerkbaits or using a lure with a shaky head?

Are you trying to mimmick a dying baitfish? Something luke a redeye shad perhaps?

Somethimes a lure with plenty of flash and vibration is needed if you are fishing murky waters. Sometimes you need to enhance your existing lures and perhaps add in a curly tail or tail grubs to get the fish to bite.

On warmer days when the fish are surface feeding, in shallow water or a couple of feet deep you should be using topwater lures or maybe a lipless crankbait to catch fish.

We have a great infographic on another page that shows you how to setup a bass jig for carolina rigging, texas rig or how to configure a wacky rig and plenty of tips to catch largemouth bass and smallmouth fishing on bass lakes.

Whatever lure you settle on it’s all about trying to trigger strikes and setting the hook. If you cant do that then enjoy the sunshine because the fishing ani’t going to be up to much.

You also have to consider what type of fishing rod you use, the rod tip – is is stiff and firm for flipping big lures or are you looking for slow rolled presentation. 

Are you trying to walk the dog with a topwater green pumpkin lure or flip the strike king kvd lure far out into the swim? Have you a tackle box that can accommodate your bigger lures? Last thing you want is to be trying to remove treble hooks from your fishing pack when you should be fishing…

Your fishing gear, outside of just your lures is all critical to landing a trophy bass

OTW Staff

Discover what’s available for a new year and a new season of boating and fishing.

The idea that there is any boat out there that is better than all the rest is simply a myth. Likewise, there is no such thing as the best fishing boat, best family boat, best center console, or best bay boat.

Cobia 30CC

The new Cobia 30CC has everything that made its predecessor, the 29CC, the top-selling 30-footer in the country, and more. There’s an inward-opening side door for hauling aboard a big fish or easy dockside boarding. There’s added space in the cockpit, and the tackle station now has a freshwater sink and rigging station. A new console situates all operational controls and screens to maximize form and function, and the dash can be stylishly color-matched to the hull. Combine all this with popular features like the electric bow table and the hull’s silky-smooth ride, and the 30CC is sure to be the next Cobia that stands atop its class. Currently, Cobia offers eight center consoles, along with a capable bay boat and two family-friendly dual consoles. Check out a Cobia and expect to find high performance, luxury, and fishing smarts all wrapped in a stunning package and delivered at a tremendous value.

Fountain 34CC

Fountain Powerboats was launched in 197with the single-minded goal of building the fastest, smoothest, safest, best-handling and most dependable boats on the water. Their Bluewater series of offshore fishing machines includes a 34CC and a 38CC that will get you to your fishing spot fast with remarkable efficiency and all-out comfort. The Fountain 34CC is descended from trophy-winning hulls and at 40mph with twin Mercury 300 Verados can achieve a fuel range unmatched by most in this size. Step up to a triple-engine configuration and you’ll reach eye-watering speed. Add the optional bow seating, and you’ll have one of the hottest family runabouts on the market.

NauticStar 265XTS

Inshore or offshore, the new NauticStar 26XTS is a beast of a bay boat and the largest in the Extreme Tournament Series family of boats. It is the culmination of years of innovation and advanced engineering, with a collection of all the latest bells and whistles. It has evolved into the ultimate fishing vessel from customer feedback. With its large forward and aft decks, ample rod storage, 43-gallon bow fish box, three livewells/baitwells, 35-quart YETI cooler, and plenty of tackle storage, the 26is an amazing fishing platform. The engineers, designers and craftsmen at NauticStar are rich in boatbuilding knowhow. Their popular Nautic Bay boat series offers bay boats from 1to 2feet, an XS series of fishing-first center consoles, and a line of deck-style boats.

Pursuit DC365

The all-new Pursuit DC36takes the sport-utility experience of their dual-console line to the next level. Features include wide walkways from bow to stern, forward bow and port side lounge seating, a swivel seat at the helm, and plenty of large storage compartments. The helm is ergonomically engineered and the cabin is easily accessible via a fiberglass door and features solid wood accents with modern finishes, a full berth forward and a comfortable aft berth. Foldaway seating quickly transforms a social venue to a wide-open, fish-ready cockpit with side door, livewell, gunwale-mounted rod holders and insulated fish boxes in the floor. For more than half a century, three generations of this family-owned business have built distinctive outboard-powered fishing boats in offshore, center console, sport and dual console configurations, in models from 1to 40 feet. Pursuit boats have a reputation for luxury combined with sport utility, providing the ideal platform for adventures on the water.

Robalo R317

The biggest Robalo ever has arrived with the 31-foot dual-console Robalo R31A perfect blend of versatility for die-hard fishing enthusiasts and family-minded anglers, it has sleek lines and comes loaded with standard features. Under the helm is a large head station complete with storage, sink, and toilet. The cabin features a full fiberglass liner, opening port light, secure rod storage, and a sleeping area. For fishermen, the R31is equipped with a huge 50-gallon fish box under the aft seats, rod holders, a 36-quart removable cooler, and a 25-gallon cooler/livewell with LED lighting and clear plexiglass lid. With open-concept seating in the cockpit, the R31offers the combination of durability and toughness along with the comfort and luxury that Robalo Boats are known for.

Sailfish 245DC

The Sailfish 245DC is the latest entry in the company’s very successful dual-console line. Like its big brothers the 275DC and 325DC, it combines Sailfish’s solid fishing focus with family-friendly attributes. With both cockpit and bow fish boxes, a livewell, strategically placed rod holders, and plenty of in-floor rod storage, the 245DC is a fishing machine. Comfortable seating for 12, a spacious step-down head, a retractable ski pole and an optional cockpit galley area make it a fantastic family-fun boat. Its 8’6” beam is easy to trailer and ready to run in all types of water and weather conditions. The cockpit is roomy, with high gunwales to keep people in and water out. Deep, comfortable, full bow seating makes for great times with friends. For 30 years, Sailfish has been dedicated to building quality saltwater fishing boats at an affordable price. Fishing-focused but family friendly, a Sailfish can be a hard-core fishing boat one day and a family-fun boat the next.

Southport 27TE

The Southport 27TE (Tournament Edition) is designed and built for one specific purpose: catching fish in most any condition. With a deck layout featuring a large macerated forward coffin box, ample livewell space, and below-deck insulated and macerated fish boxes, it has all the features a serious offshore tournament angler needs. In addition to storage and livewell space, it can be outfitted with nearly two-dozen rod holders, including rocket launchers, ready racks behind the helm seats, and in-gunwale rod holders.

Southport Boats was launched in 200by a team of seasoned boatbuilders whose goal was to build a boat that would maximize the performance and power of modern outboard engines. The variable deadrise of the Southport hull slices through waves with little commotion, and the Carolina flare tosses spray back into the ocean where it belongs.

World Cat 280 CC-X

The new World Cat 280 CC-X is sleek, aggressive, and loaded with advanced technology. It offers bow seating for seven, including a forward-facing seat on the console door and a spacious head with fiberglass interior, bright lighting, mirror, and Corian counter. Fishing-friendly features include twin insulated 180-quart storage compartments and an insulated 36-quart cooler compartment in the bow. A large electronics area can hold two 12-inch screens, there is multi-compartment tackle and tool storage, and the leaning post has a 30-gallon livewell.

In 2015, the World Cat brand consolidated, with Carolina Cat folding into World Cat, and Glacier Bay becoming Glacier Bay Edition. World Cat’s mission is to deliver the smoothest ride on the water—making boating more enjoyable and giving boaters the comfort and confidence to cruise, fish, and explore.

Hatteras Yachts

Hatteras Yachts is recognized as a world leader in the construction of convertible sportfishing and luxury motor yachts. Based in North Carolina, Hatteras began production of its first model in 195and pioneered the production of large offshore fiberglass powerboats. With performance and amenities not typically found in a mid-40-foot yacht, the Hatteras GT45X with Flybridge Option is ideal for the owner-captain ready to take offshore adventures to newer lengths. Tournament-ready, it features a state-of-the-art upper helm, full tower, battle-ready outriggers and top-end speed in the mid-40s.

Hydrasports Custom

While keeping all the angling appointments correct, Hydrasports Custom concentrates on their customers’ comforts. The results are obvious in beautifully finished, tournament-ready, angling-correct boats. The new Hydrasports Custom 3Speciale can be outfitted as a pure open fisherman deck or with seating port and starboard including the additional option of seat backrests and fish boxes depending on the angler’s style. The oversized cockpit has an aft-facing seat that holds a rigging station as well as 12-volt refrigerators, tackle drawers, and a freshwater sink. With a 526-gallon fuel capacity, it has nearly unlimited daily range.

Steiger Craft

Long Island’s last large-volume boat maker, Bellport-based Steiger Craft was founded in 197and continues to produce fiberglass boats in six different sizes and various models, ranging from 2to 3feet. Their Steiger Craft 2Block Island is a perfect example of form meeting function. A solid teak windshield encases the helm, and a large couch to port, aft-facing bench seat, and full fold-down transom seat offer plenty of comfort. Above deck, a 40-gallon circulating live-well in the stern, gigantic cockpit, and ample rod storage transform this classic into a sturdy fishing platform

Yellowfin Yachts

Yellowfin’s philosophy is to offer serious fishermen the best fishing boats money can buy by using high-quality materials and the best construction methods regardless of cost. The Yellowfin 3Offshore is a premier large center console built for ultimate performance in conditions that keep most other fishermen at the dock. Designed for triple or quad outboard power, hard-core anglers will appreciate the extra-wide beam of 11’6, which allows the 3to offer a spacious and well-designed platform. In addition, it features a standup head and shower and a surprising level of comfort.

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Technique

Once you have your gear you need to learn how to use it. There are no tricks and it is all very simple. You only need basic snorkeling skills to get out there and get started. You need to learn how to clear your snorkel and how to equalize your ears but this shouldn’t take more than a few minutes.

Then we need to learn the good bits – how to hunt fish. The main thing to understand here is that you’re an ambush predator. There is no way that you can chase any kind of fish down so you will have to rely on stealth and the fish’s natural curiosity to get close.

You want to relax, conserve energy and keep your movements to a minimum. The best way to proceed is to pick where you want to dive to, go all the way to the bottom and just lie there and wait. The biggest mistake I see new divers make is diving half way to the bottom and then swimming along mid-water. This is a huge waste of oxygen and more importantly you’ll be scaring off every fish in the vicinity. Relax and let the fish come to you. Each fish species has its own peculiar habits and the challenge of the sport is learning ways to exploit them.

Don’t let yourself become to fixated on depth and how long you can hold your breathe for. Most of the fish we target are found in the top few metres and about 30 seconds is more than enough to get a good feed.

Good spearos are good freedivers but this is a means to an end and the best spearos are those who understand the underwater environment and their prey the best. No amount of holding you breath in the bath is going to help this.

The best way to learn is by following another experienced diver for a day or two. Leave your gun behind and just follow and observe everything he does. There are many courses you can do that will help you to increase your breath hold but if your real target is to shoot more fish, I think they are a waste of time and money. Spend that money by going on guided charter trips and learn about fishing.

The boring truth is that good breath hold comes with comfort in the water and experience.

So if you’re curious to see what’s actually under the boat and are ready for a new challenge, get yourself kitted, join your local spearfishing club and immerse yourself in this fantastic sport.

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This is how it works

If you invested a Ј10,000 lump sum and bought shares valued at Јeach, you’d have 1,000 shares. If you bought Ј5,000 worth of the same shares per month over two months (amounting to Ј10,000 overall), you’d buy 500 shares in the first month.

But if the share price went down to Ј9.50 in the second month, you’d be able to buy 52shares, as the shares are at a lower price. So, rather than just getting 1,000 shares for your Ј10,000, two payments of Ј5,000 buys you 1,02shares.

Investing in an ISA should ALWAYS be your first port of call

If you’re new to investing an ISA should be your preferred route for the first Ј20,000 (the current ISA limit). Most platforms will let you do this and it’s a great way to reap tax benefits at the same time as investing your money.

However, how much you’ll benefit from moving your shares to a stocks & shares ISA will also depend on things such as whether you’ll max your capital gains tax (CGT) allowance. See more on this below.

If you have more than Ј20,000 to invest, you can put the first Ј20,000 into an ISA and then use a standalone dealing account for the rest. For full details on investing in stocks & shares read the Stocks & Shares ISA guide.

The golden rules to investing

Follow the five golden rules below to ensure you have a good investment journey:

The greater return you want, the more risk you’ll usually have to accept. It’s normally wise to take on more risk the younger you are where you have more time to make up any dips in the market.

Don’t put all your eggs in one basket. Try to diversify as much as you can to lower your risk exposure, ie, invest in different companies, industries and regions.

If you’re saving over the short-term, it’s wise not to take too much of a risk. It’s recommended you invest for at least five years. If you can’t, it’s often best to steer clear of investing and leave your money in a savings account.

Review your portfolio. A fund might be a dud or you might not be willing to take as many risks as you did before. If you don’t review your portfolio regularly, you could end up with a fund account which loses money.

Don’t panic. Investments can go down as well as up. Don’t be tempted to sell or buy funds just because everyone else is.

For more on investing see our brand new Investing for beginners guide.

Charges can eat away profit

One of the biggest things to take into consideration when buying (and selling) shares is how much it’ll cost you in charges. The main ones to look out for are:

Account fee: Platforms may charge a monthly, quarterly or annual account fee, but in some cases this is waived if you make a minimum number of trades, or your account is of a certain size.

Inactivity fee: An inactivity fee may be charged unless you make a certain number of trades within a set period. However, these days most platforms don’t charge this as a bonus to lure you in.

Buying/selling shares: The fee you pay each time you buy or sell shares. You’ll often find discounts for frequent traders.

Stamp duty: When purchasing UK shares expect to pay 0.5% stamp duty and an extra Јon transactions above Ј10,000.

Dummy portfolios

If you’re worried about diving straight in at the deep end with investing, but you’re serious about doing it, then dummy portfolios let you build up your confidence first.

A lot of the platforms these days have ‘dummy’ or ‘virtual’ portfolios you can practise with. You trade exactly as you would if it were real, except you’re not actually exchanging any money or buying any real shares, so if you do make a mistake, there’s no harm done.

You have to be an existing investing customer with some companies first before they allow you to set up virtual portfolios alongside your real ones.

AJ Bell*

AJ Bell has no platform fee and if you know you’re going to make 10+ trades a month, then it has the cheapest dealing charges.

If you’re into making deals on the go, then AJ Bell also offers a mobile app for iPhone, iPad and Android devices. It also offers a range of information that would be helpful to those that are new to investing.

Interactive Investor

Interactive Investor gives you two free trades per quarter, after this, additional trades cost Јeach. The more you trade, the cheaper it gets – Јfor or more trades per month. If you know you’re an active investor and are going to make 20 trades in the first year, it’ll cost you Ј200 (free trades, 1trades at Ј10, plus platform fee).

Although, this isn’t as cheap as AJ Bell (above), if you know you’ll want to move from share dealing to trading in funds in the future, it’s a good platform to go with. It has one of the biggest ranges of funds, and a handy mobile app that you can use.

Hargreaves Lansdown*

Although it doesn’t have the cheapest buying and selling charges, Hargreaves Lansdown has no platform fee for shares, it provides a wealth of knowledge and the website is easy to use for those who are new to investing. there were more than trades the previous month and to Ј5.9if there were more than 20

If this is the first time you’ve considered any type of investing, it’ll be worth reading our beginners’ guide to investing to get a broader idea of what’s involved.

We don’t cover what to invest in because we never want to have told you to put your money in something, only for you to lose money on it.

Thailand

Thailand offers miles of tropical beaches and excellent scuba diving. Diving opportunities include deep drop-offs, wrecks, walls, fringing reefs, caverns, tunnels, pinnacles or open ocean seamounts.

The typical Indo-Pacific species of marine life are well-represented and you have a good chance of seeing puffers, morays, triggers, and Moorish idols along with leopard sharks, mantas, and even the occasional whale shark.

Maldives

Considered the jewel of the Indian Ocean by many, the Maldives provide azure waters, white sand beaches, and leisure diving. They are home to some of the best liveaboards, luxury resorts, and surfing, so they offer something for everyone.

A veritable tropical paradise, the Maldives consist of 2atolls and include a diverse range of tropical fish in reefs that are sure to dazzle. When you visit the Vaavu Atoll, you’ll explore rock pinnacles, swim-throughs, and overhangs, all patrolled by reef sharks and bedazzled with vibrant invertebrates and sponges. At Lhaviyani Atoll you’ll find moray eels, bulefin jacks, angelfish parrotfish, clownfish, and turtles as well as eagle and manta rays and many types of butterfly fishes.

Cozumel

Cozumel is a quick and easy getaway from almost anywhere in the US, with direct flights from many airports. You can find a wide variety of accommodations, from all-inclusive resorts to small, scuba-centric guesthouses. You’ll also find a lot to see, including swim-throughs and deep walls, all covered in healthy coral and teeming with filefish, angelfish, triggerfish, squirrelfish, large groupers, and morays, as well as eagle rays and turtles. You’ll have plenty of opportunities for great, wide-angle photography shots as well as close-ups.

Curaçao

Just off the coast of Venezuela, Curaçao offers divers a little bit of everything, including boat, shore, wreck, and reef diving, along sloping walls and healthy coral reefs. The water is usually very clear and warm. You’ll find orange elephant ear sponges, star corals, and tub sponges in vivid hues. Seahorses, frogfish, spiny lobster, mantis shrimp, and eels swim around the reefs. You’ll often see hawksbill, green, and loggerhead turtles along with barracuda cruising by.

British Columbia

Consistently ranked as one of the best places to dive in North America, British Columbia offers spectacular diving. If you want breathtaking marine life encounters, you won’t be disappointed. You’ll be swimming with wolf eel, giant Pacific octopus, and awesome six-gill sharks. Frolic with playful Harbour Seals or drift through spectacular gardens of colorful kelp, anemones, and sponges.

Key Largo and the Florida Keys

Internationally renowned for breathtaking sunsets, the Florida Keys are ideal for divers of all levels. You will love the area’s shipwrecks and living tropical coral reefs. The marine life is varied and abundant, with sea turtles, sharks, whales, and sailfish. The estuaries are home to tarpon, redfish, snapper, garfish, and largemouth bass. You’ll also find goliath grouper, amberjack, hogfish, barracuda, and lobster swimming through the wrecks and reefs.

Jigs

Jigs are typically fished by with short distance flipping and pitching methods, as an alternative to long distance casting. It is often quite difficult, particularly for inexperienced fishermen. For that reason, If you have more experience and skills, then the smoother jigs there will be. You will find an excellent variety of countless specs designed for jigs, in fact it is essential that fishermen pay extra attention to this. If you are able to match the precise color, the exact weight and size to the fishing conditions that you are fishing in, then you are on your way to greatly improve the efficiency of this particular lure.

Normally, jigs may also have a plastic-type skirt to disguise the hook. It will help to lure the bass, and some kind of weedprotector can really help the lure sneak throughout heavy cover. Jigs are probably the very best bass lures to utilize all through the year. The jig that I recommend you get is the BOOYAH Boo because it is perfect in virtually any jig fishing circumstances. What you have to do is to make absolutely certain that you have one that is heavy enough to strike thru weeds and also one that can reach the bottom because that is where they have a tendency to acquire the most strikes.

Fishing for Bass

The bass fishing community has gone through a serious development since the beginning of late 19th century, having the freshwater bass growing to become the most desired fish to catch in the United States. It has resulted in awesome innovations of all kinds of fishing equipment that have acquired an important emphasis on the progress of fishing lures.

Selecting your Lure

Probably one of the most crucial elements of bass fishing is lure choice. When you walk through a fishing gear shop it can become quite confusing. But it doesn’t have to be, because the reason why I made this guide is to help you select the best lure and spot the top quality lure that is proven to provide you the best result you can get. If you are a beginner, then I sincerely hope this will be a helpful guide, even if you are a newcomer or regular bass fisherman.

All those bass lures mentioned here above are the ones that have high quality stamp on them and will effectively help you to success in your fishing trip. My main objective with this information here above was to give you honest and accurate information about bass lures, information that you will easily put into practice effectively and most of all, information that are from experts.

You Get What You Pay For

You will discover new lure styles continuously appearing. However, they do not often last for very long. The key listings of standard lures mentioned on this web site are all proven to be of consistent quality. It is as though all lure design available continues to be examined and refined bass lures all the way down to this key list. Needless to say, almost all of the new lure models are manufactured more to capture bass fishermen, instead of bass. I sincerely hope that browsing through this site will help you to discover the best lures that will suit your personal style of bass fishing.

Appearance

The overall look of a lure can create a difference. In some models, the bass lures have a vibrant shine whereas in other models they have small silver tone with a light color on an end to create a genuine look. Though in both types of models, the design has a realistic look but here shine can be more significant. It enhances the visibility of fish and makes it easier for a fish to locate it. It can be extremely useful when you are fishing in shallow water as there is a lot of light around the water which makes the fish see what you have in the water for them.

It’s not necessary to have a gigantic size of lure but it should be large enough to be easily noticed. The standard size of a typical bass lure is around a quarter of an ounce in weight which makes it easily flow in all water conditions. The standard length of a bass lure is approximately 5-15cm. However, it is little longer is some models. Some of the largest size bass lure can be close to two inches long but this is usually for long distance casting where the fish is far away from your line.

Yamamoto Senko Bait

Yamamoto Senko Bait is one of the best bass lures. The soft plastic worm is versatile and appealing. When they are consumed by bass, they feel more like a natural food. When you are fishing with Yamamoto Senko lure, keep your move steady and slow. Make sure to keep your line tight for an improved sensitivity. As soon as the Bass hits, you will feel a slight move through the handle and here you are required to give a hard hook which is significant for worm fishing.

With Yamamoto Senko Bait, try rigging the bait in a crazy and fun style and you will experience the great versatility it provides. The real beauty lies in its simplicity. It has an overall thick round plastic worm look and the incorporation of appropriate amount of salt saturation really drives fish mad. When it is equipped lightly, it falls parallel with side to side tail action.

The worm bite comes as the bait is dropping. For an effective retrieve, slowly lift the rod tip to make the worm swim towards the surface, then lower the rod tip to let the worm sink in a natural way while spinning in the slack line. The Bass will immediately grab the worm as it sits on the bottom therefore let it sit for few seconds between rod raises. Overall, for the exceptional simplicity and versatility Yamamoto Senko Bait has become a number one choice in the world of fishing.

Square Bill Crankbait

Square Bill Crankbait is made by Strike King covering a large area of water in a short while. It’s a versatile lure that can work effectively in a range of environments. The lure has a unique design that constantly amble around for quickly attracting the big bass. It helps to deflect off the cover and entice strikes.

The lure dives approximately 3-feet hence it is perfect for shallow water power fishing. The KVD baits are designed in a way to eliminate any internal rattles for a silent approach. The lure is offered in different sizes and weights therefore it is important to make the selection of specifications depending on the depth of water you are aiming to fish around as it will eventually determine the fishing success.

Square Bill Crankbait comes with a right diving depth and appealing color to trigger the target. Though a straight retrieve casts bass but you should give a jerk to the rod tip randomly while retrieving to give the lure some intermittent action. It’s a classic mid to shallow diving crankbait. If you are looking forward to crankbait fishing then you must own a Square Bill Crankbait to capture your favorite targets.

Rapala Rippin Rap

Rapala Rippin Rap is one of the best long-casting lures which features a lipless and deep belly profile design to crank. It flawlessly flutters in the water for its skinny sides. The lure gives hard vibration action on fast and slow retrieves equipped with loud BB rattle system. The best part of the lure is its natural appearance. It features scales and gills along with 3D holographic eyes.

The lure is simply perfect for pulling over the grass, bouncing off timber and moving through the rocks. It helps in long casting with various running depths. Rapala Rippin Rap is the most appropriate lure for clear water. Additionally, it comes with VMC Black Nickel Hooks. A rattle chamber is also used inside which allows lure make a sound that a fish will immediately respond to. If this feature is used properly, it will create a frequency similar to what normal fish make thus attracting the target fish to the lure.

BICO Jig

BICO Jig is a multiple purpose bass lure. It is produced with lead free materials for an exceptional durability and snag-resistant features. It comes with high quality hooks for strength, reliability and secured positioning of hooksets. It is designed in deep-throat wide gap model with an eyelet to allow for a firm and extended weed guard.

The sharp angle bend ensures to keep clips sliding down the hook’s shaft. The plastic composition has a prolonged life with minimal tearing and maintenance. The flat head of BICO Jig makes it move better compared to traditional jigs. Also, the lead free composition gives it an additional size without additional weight to it.

Furthermore, it is environmentally safe for free lead composition which is compulsory in some countries. When the lure is at rest, its tail end is directed upward thus giving a more lifelike appearance. Overall, it’s a great versatile lure which allows for a smooth aquatic performance without getting hung up.

Wrapping It Up

The purpose of this buyer guide is to help you walk through the number of bass lures out there and pick the ones that are going to be best in every possible fishing condition. The information is made available to bass anglers of all skill levels. The lures discussed in the guide successfully catch bass and won fishing contests for years. However, if you further want us to be specific, we will recommend you to go for Yamamoto Senko Bait for its excellent durability, impressive flow and realistic appearance. Hopefully, with this information you will be able to find the best lure as per your fishing style and prerequisite.

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Choosing the perfect bass lures is not a hard job. The fishing lure is a type of things which is designed to draw fish’s attention. There are many kinds of lures to catch fish. Some of them are made to catch fish in shallow water and some of them to use in deep or weedy water. Now we will discuss the best techniques for selecting the best bass lures to catch bass.

Plastic Worms

Plastic worms are one of the best lures to catch bass. They are very attractive to bass and extremely low priced than other bass fishing lures. They are made of soft plastic. They are usable in open water, and in all seasons. You can use it in bright or dusty water to catch any bass effectively no matter what if it is largemouth or small mouth bass. There are different types of plastic worms available in multicolor to fish bass. You can choice the worm by considering the condition of the place where you are catching bass.

Selecting The Worms Color For Bass

It depends on where are you fishing bass. If you are fishing in dirty or unclear water then obviously you should choice the light colored worm. In stained water, bass can’t watch apparently by vision. So You should select a worm that is bright or light colored. If it is clean water where you are fishing bass, then you don’t have to worry about choosing the worms color.

How To Select Right Worm Size

Choosing worm size depends on two-factor. First one is water clarity and the second one is the sink rate. In clear water, You should use the smaller sized worm to fish bass. If the water is stained or dark, then you should choice the bigger size worms. Because in clear water, bass can watch everything quickly without any problem. But if the water is darker than usual it is hard for bass to detect the lure. That’s why you must use a worm that is large sized the regular to attract the bass.

Crankbaits

Crankbaits is another favorite bass fishing lure. Crankbaits have more fishing success rate than others because of its variations. You can use them in all seasons to catch bass. They are commonly used to fish faster than others bass lures. You can cover large water quickly with crankbait. For this reason, Crankbait is a very popular bass fishing lure. There is various type of crankbaits available. We can break them into three categories by determining the depth. They are shallow divers, medium divers, and the third one is deep divers.

 

 

 

 

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Final Word

First of all thanks for reading my article to the end! I hope you find my reviews listed here useful and that it allows you to make a proper comparison of what is best to fit your needs and budget. Don’t be afraid to try more than one product if your first pick doesn’t do the trick.

Most important, have fun and choose your Diving Lures wisely! Good luck!

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