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How To Fish With Lures: The Complete Checklist

Using artificial bait (or fishing lures) is one of the most common ways to fish. Whilst lure fishing is an enjoyable task, you still need to arm yourself with the right skills and equipment to become successful. Here's our comprehensive guide to help you:

Why Use Artificial Lures For Fishing?

Fishing lures continue to find their way into many angling tackle boxes for a number of reasons. Aside from being a very effective way to quickly and efficiently cover a large area, nothing beats the excitement of catching a fish with a lure! Metal and hard plastic lures are even capable of catching many fish without much damage.

Daiwa lures are made from a wide variety of materials, colours, sizes, and styles, and are purpose built for attracting various species of fish. To get you started - we’re going to go over some of the best techniques for lure fishing! 

Most Common Techniques In Lure Fishing


In the trolling method, one or more fishing lines with lures are cast behind your boat. This method is simple and is one of the popular methods used for catching big game fish like marlin and tuna. You just have to cast behind a moving boat and wind the line in slowly as you move. You can also let the lure sink down to your desired depth. If you’re targeting pelagic fish, it’s ideal to mimic a swimming baitfish.


Jigging is an active method of fishing. It requires you to snap or pop the rod tip up fast to move the lure vertically in the water column. If you're new to this method, you can try either jigging straight up and down or casting the lure out and jigging it back horizontally towards you as you reel, creating the look of an injured baitfish that a game fish would be attracted to. DAIWA has a range of jig rigs custom built to attract various species.

Cast And Retrieve Fishing

Whatever the type of lure you have, whether it's a crankbait, jigs, or a swimbait, you can use the cast and retrieve method to catch fish! The method is simple, you just have to cast your lure out to your target. Let the lure fall into your desired depth range and then reel it back, mimicking a swimming fish. Wait for a couple seconds then cast again. 

Walking The Dog

The 'walking the dog' method uses surface lures. In this fishing method, you cast your popper out to your target area and let it settle. Then slowly retrieve the line. The lure “pops” along the surface imitating the action of a fish swimming away. When the fish strikes, don't set the hook immediately. Let the fish take the lure first, and then secure your hook firmly.

Topwater Lures

Learning the topwater fishing method is one of the useful skills you can have as an angler. This method is like cast and retrieve but uses a floating lure. As fish react differently depending on the topwater lure you use, your way of presenting your lure also varies. If you're fishing on smooth water, cast your lure gently. On the other hand, you may need to apply an amount of force or movement to make the fish notice the lure.

Lure Fishing Tips

Before you set out on your angling adventure, checking out these lure fishing tips can help you maximise your hit rate: 

  • Use different types of lures. Don’t just depend on one particular type of lure in giving you a successful fishing trip. Different species are enticed by different lures depending on their feeding behaviours, and the type of water you’re fishing.
  • Don't keep casting in the same area. Move around, work in different depths at different speeds until you find the fish.
  • Clean your artificial lures. Your lures can get dirt from debris, weeds, and twigs making them less appealing to your target fish. Remove any dirt from your lure before you cast them back in the water.
  • Be patient. Fishing is like a chess game. Sometimes you have to stay quiet and wait for the right moment. Avoid too much jerking. If the lure gets bitten by the fish, don't reel it back right away. Gently move your lure left and right until it goes under the water. The moment it jerks again, yank hard so that the hook will get caught in its fish’s lip and then reel it in.

Lure fishing is a fantastic way to enjoy catching some good fish. With artificial lures, you don’t have to worry about sourcing and storing fresh baits. All you have to do is put the artificial lures in your tackle box and set off! With the right gear, fishing lures, and fishing skills, you'll be able to catch your prized fish in no time. For more tips on how to become a better angler, visit DAIWA Learn To Fish today!

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