Surf fishing lures are a topic of much debate among surf anglers. The multitude of different sizes and colors make choosing the right one a little confusing. Here are three surf fishing lures that every surf angler should have in their bag.
The object of the large metal spoon is to resemble a large bait fish such as menhaden or mullet, and most are chrome or bright silver. When using a large metal spoon most surf fisherman will be after bluefish, but almost any fish will take them. These streamlined 2 to 4 ounce spoons will reach most outer bars with ease. Jigging the spoon on a medium fast retrieval tends to bring good results. If you are after bluefish remember to attach a 12 inch wire trace before the lure.
Lead Head Soft Plastic Tail Jig
The great thing about this type of lure is the variety of combinations available. The action of the lure on retrieval will vary with your choice of tail, so always carry a few different colors and sizes in your bag for a quick change. Changing your choice of tail is a simple matter and can be done quickly and easily. You can use many types of retrieval when using the combination jig, but employing a slow and steady retrieve will see the most takes. Heavy mono-filament line will effect the jigs performance so try and use a short length of light weight leader.
Small Metal Lures
The smaller metal surf fishing lures are great for use with light spinning tackle, a 7 to 9 foot spinning rod and a reel loaded with 10 to 12lb mono-filament main line will allow you to use this type of lure to its full effect. The lure itself is designed to resemble a minnow and when used on a fast retrieve will attract small to medium sized bluefish. A very slow retrieve keeping the lure close to the bottom will produce trout and smaller striped bass.