In this post I’ll be focusing on recommended lures & techniques which I find effective in Luring Shore. Lures covered will be jerkbaits, lipless crankbaits, surface & sub-surface poppers & soft plastics.
I emphasize all information shared in this blog is just my personal opinion & experience which some may beg to differ 🙂 If you have any thoughts or questions please leave them at the end of this post.
- For rod, reel & braided line recommended for Luring Shore, please refer to earlier post How to Match Rod and Reel? which covers the 6 forms of fishing practised.
- For leaders, I’m using mostly Sunline Saltwater Special Nylon ( Amazon / eBay ) monofilament (not FC) as water condition in local shores is mostly cloudy.
- Sunline Saltwater Special Nylon ( Amazon / eBay ) 30 & 50lb (when water is cloudy ie. visibility low)
- Advantage of this brand is its diameter is smaller than other brands in the same poundage. This means a 50lb Sunline can cast as far as a 40lb of other brand.
- By buying just 30 & 50lb they cover my needs for a leader from 20-50lb.
- As nylon is softer than FC, Sunline is used when distance is required in certain situation.
- Comes in 50m per retail plastic spool.
Lures – Jerkbaits
- Duo Realis Jerkbait – suspending SP – 100, 110 & 120mm
- Favorite colors – Ghost Minnow & any colors with reflective body
- Choose jerkbait according to the diving depth depending on the tide & terrain in shore luring.
Techniques – Jerkbaits
- I’ve the habit of stopping the cast just before lure hits water & immediately drag it a short distance over surface to prevent line entangling to the lure. Otherwise lure & more lines following will plunge in together possibly creating entanglement if line is stopped much later.
- Thereafter do a short & hard twitch downwards to send lure to the required depth before retrieving at medium speed & randomly adding twitches & pauses. Key is to try all sorts of speed & patterns till you can find one that your target species like.
- For the suspending Duo SP series, after the 1st twitch jerkbait will suspend in mid-water motionless neither floating or sinking making it very life-like & will stay in your preferred kill zone. For such lures, I always like to add in pauses to mimic a lost & panicking prey.
Lures – Lipless Crankbaits
- Duo Realis Vibration ( Amazon / eBay ) 52 & 68mm
- Favorite color – white
- For heavier faster sinking – pick the 62 & 68 G-fix
- Ima Koume ( Amazon / eBay ) 60 & 80mm
- Favorite color – silver reflective body
Techniques – Lipless Crankbaits
- The main advantage of these lipless crankbaits is their direct drop to the kill zone as compared to jerkbait which needs to be cranked a certain distance before it reaches its depth designed for. By then the jerkbait would have been out of the structure too far for the cautious fish to chase. Thus these lures are very suitable for fishing in deep water with underlying structures like rocks, fallen trees, jetties, etc. I had much success fishing with a white Duo Realis Vibration 68 at a Bintan jetty amongst the concrete columns from late afternoon to nightfall when boat operations had ceased.
- Due to its aerodynamic thin body & strategic tug point to the leader, this lure produces a very tight pulsating movement sending minute shock waves in the water at very short intervals. This pulsating action also sends out a shiny shimmer for those with reflective finish. Both the pulsating movement & shimmer add to the appeal of this lure to the fish.
- The thin body allows it to cut thru water swiftly dropping to the intended depth very quickly & thereafter can be retrieved at high speed without losing balance or stability. By adding small steel balls in chamber of the hard resin body a loud rattling sound is produced by the tight pulsating action further adding to its appeal.
- The Ima Koume employs the same principles as the Duo Realis Vibration with its slightly thicker body but without the rattling sound.
- These lipless crankbaits can be worked just above the seabed or in mid water depending where your targets are feeding. To have it hover above the seabed lift & retrieve as soon as it hits bottom. Thereafter vary your retrieval speed to adjust its depth ie. faster it will rise, slower it will drop. Try different speeds until you only occasionally hit bottom. To have it swim in mid water just retrieve continuously at medium speed adding some lifts & pauses (drop) periodically.
- The other way of retrieval is the lift & drop method suitable for terrains with little or no snags. After lure hits bottom, lift it immediately followed by a few cranks before lowering your rod to let lure hits bottom again. Repeat cycles till lure is fully retrieved. Remember DO NOT let lure sit on seabed too long as the current might carry it to some nearby snags; lift it immediately after lure hits bottom.
Lures – Surface Poppers
- Duo Realis Pencil ( Amazon / eBay / Tackle Direct ) 85 & 110mm
- Cultiva Owner Tango Dancer ( eBay ) 115mm
- Favorite colors – natural or reflective
Techniques – Surface Poppers
- One common way of working surface poppers is the walk-the-dog style where you twitch your rod slightly upwards with ample line slack to move popper alternating left & right. How much to the left/right will depend how much slack line you’re providing – more slack leads to wide movement, lesser slack narrow swerve, no slack popper will travel straight.
- The other way is to twitch your rod tip slightly downwards with no line slack retrieving at medium speed at the same time. Popper will create splashes & noises mimicking a frantic prey escaping from its predator.
- Pauses can be added randomly in the above 2 retrieval styles to make it more natural looking. The trick here is to move lure like a baitfish & no fish will move in a single pattern or in a continuous straight line without stopping or turning especially if frightened by a larger fish.
Lures – Sub-Surface Poppers
- Northcraft BMC ( eBay ) 100F & 120F
- Favorite colors – white pearl candy or reflective
Techniques – Sub-surface Poppers
- Sub-surface means just 1-2ft below surface & this is exactly what these lures will do like the popper but at slightly lower depth. Thus it’s silent with no splashes & noises but with an enticing sexy smooth sway like the way a pretty lady does the catwalk.
- Same like the popper you can work sub-surface popper either walk-the-dog style or the faster frantic escaping style…underwater. I usually walk them slowly & had success from a boat on longfin trevally (aka sagai) I believe mimicking the slow movement of a squid.
Lures – Soft Plastics
- Z-man MinnowZ ( Amazon / eBay ) – Sexy Mullet – 3″
- Zerek Live Flash Minnow ( eBay ) – 90 & 130mm
- Favorite colors – bright or natural
- Decoy Salt Groove ( eBay ) – 10.5 & 14g
- TTLures DemonZ – 1/4 & 3/8 oz
Techniques – Soft Plastics
- Soft rubber or plastic on jighead is just like lipless crankbait as it can sink directly to the kill zone without any twitching. Only differences are soft plastic has less vibration (only at the tail) & produces no rattling or noise. But it has an enticing natural sway in the tail producing small vibes in the water that makes it so irresistible to the fish.
- Techniques in using lipless crankbait can be adopted to soft plastic on jighead ie. hugging near to seabed, in mid water or lift/drop method. Please refer to above Techniques section under Lipless Crankbaits.
Target Species – Luring Shore
I want to dedicate a section just specially for night shore luring as I find it so captivating & intense in a different scenario setting with low light & cool temperature.
Lures – Night
- Duel Aile Magnet ( Amazon / eBay ) – floating F – 105mm (max 1.3m)
- Jackall Mag Squad ( eBay ) – suspending SP – 115 & 128mm (max 1.5m)
- Favorite colors – reflective blue (it doesn’t really matter in the dark)
Techniques – Night
- Night luring is a completely different ball game as there is almost no visibility on the lure in low light condition. Fish actually rely on vibrations from their prey movement to detect them in the darkness. Predatory fish active at night will usually remain motionless & wait till they sense vibrations from prey nearby before engulfing them. The lateral line on such fish plays a big part in their hunt at night.
The lateral line, also called lateral line system or lateral line organ, is a system of sense organs found in aquatic vertebrates, used to detect movement, vibration, and pressure gradients in the surrounding water. The sensory ability is achieved via modified epithelial cells, known as hair cells, which respond to displacement caused by motion and transduce these signals into electrical impulses via excitatory synapses.Extracted from Wikipedia
- With this in mind, what it means is you need to pick a lure which can produce good vibes in the water. My 1st choice is the Duel Aile Magnet 105F which has very good side to side rolls when twitched slowly in the dark. These rolls push water side to side & will send out vibrations to nearby fish.
- My 2nd choice is the Jackall Mag Squad 128F suspending lure which has average roll but a very intense & deep rattling that can equally send out good vibes in the water.
- Cast out to your spot & stop line with your palm before lure hits the water…needs estimation & some practice in the dark. Then pull rod back slightly to straighten line & to avoid entanglement. Start twitching slowly with pauses to check out the sub-surface column for any activity. If no then do a few hard twitches to send lure to its intended designed depth ie. top water column before resuming slow twitches with pauses.
- If there’s nothing in sub-surface & top columns, then you may change to a deeper diving jerkbait with good vibes to check out the mid water column. Once you know where the fish are hanging at night at your favorite spots your lure choices for subsequent trips will be easier.
- You’ll notice in above paragraphs I kept emphasizing “slowly with pauses” which are crucial in night luring. Vibes from the lure takes time to travel out & the fish takes time to sense & turn its head towards source of the vibration. If you zip your lure across the water, it will be by your side by the time fish sense & try to locate it. So remember do it…slow & steady with pauses.
Parting Shot: In luring with artificials, remember to vary your choice of lures (swim style, size/weight, color), retrieval methods (slow, medium, fast, with or without twitching & pauses) & depths (top, mid or lower column) to find out what your targets prefer. You got to keep trying until you hit the Jackpot!
All the best,
PS: Please leave a comment if any information in this site is inaccurate or incorrect…I’m learning too 🙂