Lure Fishing Articles

Freshwater Informer Lure Blog #38

I was itching to get back to Rutland and continue my search for deep water pike unfortunately the weather had other ideas. Read More

Freshwater Informer Lure Blog #37

After several winters chasing Zander and Perch on Rutland and Grafham reservoirs I finally felt like a change. Read More

Freshwater Informer Lure Blog #36

Another change of location saw our convoy of vehicles and boats wend their way through the mountains to another huge reservoir. Read More

Freshwater Informer Lure Blog #35

In the west of Spain lies the rural region of Extremadura, the rugged countryside is largely uncultivated with forests covering vast areas. Read More

Freshwater Informer Lure Blog #34

Five days into a new predator season and I’m loving it, not every day has been successful if you only count fish caught but the sheer pleasure of being on the water you ardour, Rutland Water, fishing for “the thinking man’s fish” Zander. Read More

Freshwater Informer Lure Blog #33

Something I’ve been meaning to do for some time, but I never seem to get around to is fly fishing for bass. Read More

Freshwater Informer Lure Blog #32

Another month has slipped by in a flash, our weather is never dull the intense heat of summer was quickly replaced by the more bearable wet and windy autumnal weather. Read More

Freshwater Informer Lure Blog #31

The advent of summer saw a dramatic change in weather and a rapid decline in my fly fishing results, time for something different. Read More

Freshwater Informer Lure Blog #30

Spring is my favourite time of year, a time when I’m always torn between lure fishing and fly fishing. Read More

Freshwater Informer Lure Blog #29

It’s been another lean month for me, one minute it’s spring, the next it’s summer, then back to winter again, I don’t know if I’m coming or going and nor do the fish. The annual migration of predators, pike and perch, to the shallows in their spawning recital has been interrupted by the changeable weather too. Read More

Freshwater Informer Lure Blog #28

The end of March and we’re in Holland chasing predators before the seasons close, James Gardner and I are joining our good friend Willem Stolk AKA the” Perch Magician” along with our Fenland friends Andy Blazey and Rik Wesley. Read More

Freshwater Informer Lure Blog #27

This last month I’ve found it very hard to settle on any one venue or method. So five trips through February saw me both lure fishing and fly fishing, on five different waters. Read More

Freshwater Informer Lure Blog #26

Well another predator season, on Anglian Waters, has drawn to a close. It’s with mixed emotions for James Gardner and I that it’s come to an end as we love the fishing there so much. If Rutland was open we’d still be making the long arduous journey up to the midlands each week, it’s that good! Read More

Freshwater Informer Lure Blog #25

As you motor out of the harbour you’re never quite sure what sort of day you’re going to have. My lure fishing over the last month has been very challenging; the Zander had moved off their previous haunts and were now residing elsewhere. Read More

Freshwater Informer Lure Blog #24

It’s been a busy month seeing me traveling up country to Rutland reservoir for my daily fix of Zander fishing. It’s hard to explain the appeal of Zander, as they don’t fight especially hard nor do they grow to exceptional sizes when compared to Carp, Catfish or Pike. Read More

Freshwater Informer Lure Blog #23

It’s been a bit like a curate’s egg, good in parts, a visit with my good mate James Gardner to Grafham reservoir was a "pick and mix" sort of day. Read More

Freshwater Informer Lure Blog #22

James Gardner, Mark Bryant, Gary Collins and I travelled to the Extremadura region of Spain for what’s become our annual trip. Read More

Freshwater Informer Lure Blog #21

Finally the wind of change is upon us, autumn, is in the air and my predator season has stepped up a notch. Read More

Freshwater Informer Lure Blog #20

As a fly fisherman and lure angler summer offers up the worst conditions for my fishing. Trout and Pike both thrive in highly oxygenated water, so when the mercury rises and the water warms the oxygen content decreases, making the predators seek deeper, cooler water. Read More

Freshwater Informer Lure Blog #19

I can think of few hobbies that are so adversely affected by the weather. It’s not only our comfort but the behaviour of the fish we seek, the weather can throw "a spanner in the works" when it comes to understanding what’s going on beneath the water. Read More

Freshwater Informer Lure Blog #18

It’s been a month of contrasts, one moment its spring with the birds and bees pike and carp all thinking of breeding, the next it’s back to winter. Cold Northerly winds have chilled me enough to frantically go searching for my thermals! Read More

Freshwater Informer Lure Blog #17

Having identified a successful pattern in our captures Rikki Cooper and I were keen to see if we had indeed “cracked it”. I wondered whether the perch were reacting to our lures in an aggression manner, purely biting them as they invaded their space, or were they actually targeting them as food? Read More

Freshwater Informer Lure Blog #16

My regular fishing buddy James Gardner and I made our now annual visit to Holland in search of jumbo Perch. We were joined in the quest by our two fenland friends Andy Blazey and Rick Wesley; James was really looking forward to wetting a line again after a long absence from the water of nearly two months. Read More

Freshwater Informer Lure Blog #15

It’s been rather lean pickings for me over the last month the cold North Easterly wind has made it unpleasantly cold, and it has to be said that I’ve never had a productive days fishing on an Easterly wind. Read More

Freshwater Informer Lure Blog #14

I’d like to thank all the staff at Rutland and Grafham reservoirs for another fantastic predator season. What a winter it’s been, I’d also like to thank all those who I’ve shared boats with this winter, it’s been a blast, literally! Read More

Freshwater Informer Lure Blog #13

I celebrated New Year’s Day with “Zandermaster” Rikki Cooper on Rutland Water in Leicestershire. We had intended fishing earlier in the week but the weather had other ideas. Having had to cancel the two previous days due to gale force winds we were greatly relieved to finally be afloat. Read More

Freshwater Informer Lure Blog #12

The shrill sound of my alarm signals it’s time to get up, 4am! What makes a perfectly sane person get up at such an unearthly time in winter, several hours before dawn? Well I’m going fishing of course I still get excited the night before going on another adventure. Read More

Freshwater Informer Lure Blog #11

After the sun of Spain it was difficult to settle back into the routine of fishing in the UK again. My first trip was to Grafham Water which turned into a bit of a grueler. Read More

Freshwater Informer Lure Blog #10

Think of predator fishing in Spain and Catfish spring to mind. James Gardner and I have been visiting Spain for the last 15 years, at first we targeted the Cats but became aware on another fascinating predator that drew anglers from all across Europe, Zander. Read More

Freshwater Informer Lure Blog #9

October is a pivotal time in my predator season I’m torn between several reservoirs across the midlands and the east of England. Having stayed fishing locally for the past few of months I’m now itching to get busy catching Perch and Zander. Read More

Freshwater Informer Lure Blog #8

Recently I’ve been fishing Bewl Water trying to locate Perch; this has occupied my time for the last couple of seasons, after initially catching in very deep water during the spring I’ve struggled to find any consistent depth or area where I could expect to catch fish. Read More

Freshwater Informer Lure Blog #7

It’s now time to take kids fishing and introduce them to the “outdoors”. Start them young and they will always want to be exploring new places with new fish to catch. Chores like reading soon become the pathway to knowledge that unlocks the secret world of fishes. Read More

Freshwater Informer Lure Blog #6

Crankbaits or plugs as many of us know them is a descriptive term coined by our American cousins. It implies that the lure is cast out and cranked back. Read More

Freshwater Informer Lure Blog #5

Over the last few weeks I’ve spent most of my time fly fishing for Trout, spring is my favourite time of year, and I can’t think of anything better than chasing Trout in the Spring. Read More

Freshwater Informer Lure Blog #4

The great thing about lure fishing is “how portable the tackle is”. If you are traveling on business or on holiday it’s possible to take tackle and fish effectively, in both fresh and salt water. Read More

Freshwater Informer Lure Blog #3

My first visit to Hanningfield in several years was very enlightening. I’ve fly fished the reservoir in the past for its fabled monsters but that was a different era on this trip I would be lure fishing Read More

Freshwater Informer Lure Blog #2

Well here we are at the beginning of March, “spring is in the air” and now’s the time to start thinking about going Trout fishing. Read More

Freshwater Informer Lure Blog

Lure Fishing is a fast growing discipline in both fresh and saltwater. In this series I aim to show you how, where and when to use; Soft Plastics, Spoons, Spinners, Crankbaits and Jerkbaits while Jigging, Dropshotting, Walking the Dog, Popping and Buzzing. Read More

Jigging Article Part 2

In Part 1 I covered the technique of deep water jigging and its benefits, now in Part 2 I’ll detail the tackle we use. Read More

Jigging Article Part 1

Over the last few years James Gardner and I have devoted much our time to fishing large waters in the Midlands for Zander and Perch, with the occasional trip to much larger waters on the continent. Read More

Bewl Water 2012

Very rarely does something comes along unexpectedly that really excites me. Read More

Salt Water Lure Fishing for Beginners by Iestyn Jones & Keith White

In this article we have two of the UK�s most successful Bass and predator anglers in a Q&A session, aimed at beginners wishing to have a go for saltwater Bass or even more experienced anglers looking for a few extra tips. Read More

Guide to Traces & Mainlines by Andy Lush

Solid traces are essential items if you are going to fish with jerkbaits, they are used for two reasons firstly to prevent tangles during the cast and more importantly to stop the trace fouling the front treble as the jerkbait glides forward, a problem that will occur if you try using flexible traces . Read More

Guide to Lure Techniques by Andy Lush

So now you�ve decided to start lure fishing, you have got your rod, reel, traces and lures � now what do you do with them? There are many different methods and techniques that you can use to get the best out of the lures hopefully the following information will at least give you an insight into the many techniques you can use. Read More

How to make a logical selection of lures? by Andy Lush

The most important thing is to know the waters you are going to fish, and select a variety of baits that will cover different depths up to the maximum depth available. Read More

Fishing Topwater Lures by Gord Burton

This is a very exciting form of lure fishing for pike, simply because you see the lure taken by the fish, often in explosive style! To see a biggie hammer into a surface lure is heart stopping, for sure. Read More

Getting Started: Jerkbait Tackle by Derek Macdonald

To reach the lure's full potential a fairly stiff actioned rod around 6' - 6'6" in length is ideal, I can hear you saying "why so short". Traditional 9' or 10' spinning rods are too long and too soft for this method, absorbing much of the action you are trying to achieve as they flex, the downward rod strokes would also hit the water. Read More

Getting Started: Tackle - What to use? by Gord Burton

This is a dodgy question having rods on the market carrying my name but here's a good guide on what are required. The ideal rod length for fishing with light to mid weight range topwater and crankbaits is something in the eight to nine foot range with a reasonable stiff action, after all its pike were after and such a rod is needed for setting the hooks on the strike and playing what could turn out to be very big fish. Such rods can be fished with a fixed spool reel or a multiplier, the choice is yours. Read More

Jerkbaits, what you need to know by Derek MacDonald

In layman�s terms a Jerkbait is a lump of wood or plastic, shaped into the desired proportions and meticulously weighted with lead. Read More

Shallow Divers by Andy Lush

There's a huge variety of lures that fit into this category, they're quite simply the most versatile baits of all. Read More

Spoons by Mick Brown

If you are looking for lures that are easy to use and also very effective, look no further than spoons. Read More

Spinners & Spinnerbaits by Mick Brown

The great thing about Spinners and Spinnerbaits is like spoons they are very easy to use, effective at any time of the year and in any depth of water. With a little thought they will catch fish, wherever you fish. Read More

Shallow Running Plugs by Gord Burton

When pike are located in water less than ten feet deep they can be tempted by using shallow diving plugs and by that I mean that dive will no more than ten feet when casting and retrieving. I use this approach at any time of the year and have had good results at all times. Read More

Deep Diving Plugs by Gord Burton

These type of plugs are used for a great deal of my fishing on the big waters and mostly in clear water conditions. Read More

Bass on Plugs by Steve Butler and Mike Hughes

Steve Butler and Mike Hughes are two of the best Bass lure anglers in Wales. They have had tremendous numbers of lure caught Bass, up to 10lb, and other species such as Pollock, Coalfish, Codling, Mackerel, Wrasse, Garfish, Gurnard and Sea Trout in their pursuit.... Read More

Confidence with Lures by Mick Brown

As a professional pike angling guide, I expected most of my business to be in the wintertime. More and more though, I am receiving requests for spring and summer pike sessions with lures.... Read More

Lure Fishing Tips and Techniques

Solid Traces
Solid traces are essential items if you are going to fish with jerkbaits, they are used for two reasons firstly to prevent tangles during the cast and more importantly to stop the trace fouling the front treble as the jerkbait glides... Read More