Top 5 Fishing Lures To Catch Spring Inshore Slams
Want to catch more inshore slams this spring?
Whether you’re fishing shallow or deep, in warm or cool water, or clear or murky water, the five lures below have got you covered.
You’ll also learn when to use each of them so you can catch more fish in less time.
Check out the video below!
Top 5 Spring Lures [VIDEO]
Here are some of the lures mentioned in the video above:
Fish have been dialed in on shrimp lures all winter, so tossing a shrimp in front of their face will most likely get them to strike.
Also, baitfish don’t become the main source of prey until a little later in spring, so they’ll be feeding on shrimp until then.
Some of my favorite shrimp lures are:
And don’t forget the Dr. Juice scent!
Baitfish flood the flats around mid-spring and a paddletail is a great lure to imitate them.
Since the baitfish will be young and small at this time, I prefer paddletails in the 3-4″ range.
As far as colors go, I like natural colors, like white.
In particular, I like the Slam Shady color, which is white with some flashy gold and silver flakes.
For rigging paddletails, it really depends on where you’re fishing.
If you’re fishing shallow flats, use a weedless hook, like the Owner TwistLock hook.
If you’re fishing holes or docks, use a jig head to get it down to the bottom.
And finally, how to retrieve them will vary, too.
If it’s right after a cold front, you can bounce them slowly off of the bottom.
If it’s been warming up for a few days, you can swim it a little quicker through the middle of the water column.
Paddletails are one of the most versatile baits out there and can catch fish in a variety of situations.
My favorite paddletail is the Slam Shady.
Once I’ve found where the fish are feeding (usually with a paddletail), it’s fun to bust out a suspending twitchbait.
When you retrieve it with a twitch-twitch-pause technique, as it sinks and flutters down on the pause, trout and redfish (and even flounder) will come up and smash it.
The advantage of using a corky is that they have a wire that runs through the center that you can bend.
You can point the face and tail upward to make it ride higher in the water, or point them downward to make the corky run deeper.
As far as sizes goes, try to match the hatch.
If you’re seeing small baitfish, go with a smaller MirrOdine.
If you’re seeing bigger baitfish, like the shad we have here in Texas, go with a bigger MirrOdine or corky.
For big trout, a topwater lure is my favorite.
And if I’m specifically going for gator trout, I’ll tie on a larger Skitter Walk 11.
If you’re fishing on a calm day and the water is clear, you might want to go with a jerk shad.
With a twitch-twitch-pause retrieve, these lures can mimic an injured baitfish or a fleeing shrimp.
There are a variety of lures that can work in the spring for trout, redfish, flounder, and snook.
Look at factors like water clarity, depth, temperature, and fish activity, and decide which one best fits your needs.
You can get some of the lures mentioned above here:
What’s your favorite springtime lure?
Let me know down in the comments!
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