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What are the best lures for the summer time?

ElliottAugustElliottAugust USAPosts: 1 Greenhorn

Amateur Angler here. I’m fairly new to the sport and I want to see what some good lures are for the summer/fall time. I’m in the southeast (USA) , specifically Georgia, and just want to know what my best options are.

I also just want to learn everything I really need to know. Things like how to fish certain lures, what Rod/Reel is the “best”, what a freakin Texas Rig is, how weather conditions = type of lure, anything that’ll help me catch some fish.

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  • kellerclkellercl Posts: 11,772 AG
    Rod/reel is very subjective and dependant on the size of your wallet.  

    My person favorite lures are:

    1) twitchbait (e.g. mirrolure  mirrodine):  basically twitch the rod tip 2-3 times, reel in slack with a pause, twitch.  Keep repeating.  

    2) gold spoon, just reel it in changing up retrieve speed.  

    3) gulp and jig head.  sink to the bottom, twitch and reel.  (just keep repeating) 
    #Lead beakerhead specialist 

    "Soul of the mind, key to life's ether. Soul of the lost, withdrawn from its vessel. Let strength be granted, so the world might be mended. So the world might be mended."
  • polliwogpolliwog Posts: 355 Deckhand
    Texas rig is a soft plastic rigged weedless.  Use an offset hook,like Owner.  Very effective.  BTW I love Mirrolure 19rs for Snook. 
  • SpineymanSpineyman Destin, FlPosts: 8,377 Admiral
    How to texas rig.


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    II Chronicles 7:14
    if My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land.



  • SpineymanSpineyman Destin, FlPosts: 8,377 Admiral
    edited April 2020 #5
    Mirrodines are great, soft plastics are great with Zman the best for overall longevity. I personally like the Rapala Shadow Rap Shad 09 shallow. You also need to specify salt or fresh water!
    Kayak Rookie...and loving it.
    Fishing beautiful Destin / Ft Walton Beach area!

    II Chronicles 7:14
    if My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land.



  • kellerclkellercl Posts: 11,772 AG
    Spineyman said:
    Mirrodines are great, soft plastics are great with Zman the best for overall longevity. I personally like the Rapala Shadow Rap Shad 09 shallow. You also need to specify salt or fresh water!
    I prefer the Shadow Rap as well, though I fish with folks who still swear by Mirrodines.  I'll stick with the Shadow Rap personally.  Only complaint with the Shadow Rap is how awful the hooks are. 
    #Lead beakerhead specialist 

    "Soul of the mind, key to life's ether. Soul of the lost, withdrawn from its vessel. Let strength be granted, so the world might be mended. So the world might be mended."
  • SpineymanSpineyman Destin, FlPosts: 8,377 Admiral
    kellercl said:
    Spineyman said:
    Mirrodines are great, soft plastics are great with Zman the best for overall longevity. I personally like the Rapala Shadow Rap Shad 09 shallow. You also need to specify salt or fresh water!
    I prefer the Shadow Rap as well, though I fish with folks who still swear by Mirrodines.  I'll stick with the Shadow Rap personally.  Only complaint with the Shadow Rap is how awful the hooks are. 

    It is a bass lure, so I change out split rings and hooks before I ever tie it on. The rings and hooks will fail on most every redfish, regardless of size. I learned that the hard way with a bunch of lost fish and straightened or broken hooks.

    Kayak Rookie...and loving it.
    Fishing beautiful Destin / Ft Walton Beach area!

    II Chronicles 7:14
    if My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land.



  • kellerclkellercl Posts: 11,772 AG
    Spineyman said:
    kellercl said:
    Spineyman said:
    Mirrodines are great, soft plastics are great with Zman the best for overall longevity. I personally like the Rapala Shadow Rap Shad 09 shallow. You also need to specify salt or fresh water!
    I prefer the Shadow Rap as well, though I fish with folks who still swear by Mirrodines.  I'll stick with the Shadow Rap personally.  Only complaint with the Shadow Rap is how awful the hooks are. 

    It is a bass lure, so I change out split rings and hooks before I ever tie it on. The rings and hooks will fail on most every redfish, regardless of size. I learned that the hard way with a bunch of lost fish and straightened or broken hooks.

    Same here, meaning I learned the hard way.  And it was a double hit because I ignored your advice and just ran with the standard hooks.  I lost one slot snook to bent hooks and a second unknown fish (I'm guessing Tarpon) where the split rings just pulled off completely.  There was a large fish under the mangroves, I tossed and got drilled, set the hook....  and reeled in a lure with no hooks.  To your point, yep I don't even tie the lure till I replace the split rings and hooks.  Had I heeded your advice....  oh well, only myself to blame.  
    #Lead beakerhead specialist 

    "Soul of the mind, key to life's ether. Soul of the lost, withdrawn from its vessel. Let strength be granted, so the world might be mended. So the world might be mended."
  • SpineymanSpineyman Destin, FlPosts: 8,377 Admiral
    kellercl said:
    Spineyman said:
    kellercl said:
    Spineyman said:
    Mirrodines are great, soft plastics are great with Zman the best for overall longevity. I personally like the Rapala Shadow Rap Shad 09 shallow. You also need to specify salt or fresh water!
    I prefer the Shadow Rap as well, though I fish with folks who still swear by Mirrodines.  I'll stick with the Shadow Rap personally.  Only complaint with the Shadow Rap is how awful the hooks are. 

    It is a bass lure, so I change out split rings and hooks before I ever tie it on. The rings and hooks will fail on most every redfish, regardless of size. I learned that the hard way with a bunch of lost fish and straightened or broken hooks.

    Same here, meaning I learned the hard way.  And it was a double hit because I ignored your advice and just ran with the standard hooks.  I lost one slot snook to bent hooks and a second unknown fish (I'm guessing Tarpon) where the split rings just pulled off completely.  There was a large fish under the mangroves, I tossed and got drilled, set the hook....  and reeled in a lure with no hooks.  To your point, yep I don't even tie the lure till I replace the split rings and hooks.  Had I heeded your advice....  oh well, only myself to blame.  

    If it makes you feel any better, I did the exact same thing. I was told do not throw without changing hooks and rings. I just blew it off and lost a dozen fish before i fixed the problem.
    Kayak Rookie...and loving it.
    Fishing beautiful Destin / Ft Walton Beach area!

    II Chronicles 7:14
    if My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land.



  • kellerclkellercl Posts: 11,772 AG
    That does make me feel better.  
    #Lead beakerhead specialist 

    "Soul of the mind, key to life's ether. Soul of the lost, withdrawn from its vessel. Let strength be granted, so the world might be mended. So the world might be mended."
  • CageyCagey Central FloridaPosts: 917 Officer
    edited April 2020 #11
  • JawjadawgJawjadawg Posts: 5 Deckhand
    edited April 2020 #12
    Zman has several informative videos on their website.  Both fresh and saltwater
  • bocapup1bocapup1 Posts: 1,502 Captain
    Throw a 3 inch pilchard hooked in nose and reel it across a snooks nose!

  • Go0ganGo0gan StuartPosts: 169 Deckhand
    I just got some of the live target skipshads in pilchard. Freaking B A
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