Saturday, August 24, 2013

5 Hot Lures that are Working from Shore and Boat

This schoolie hit a Daiwa SP minnow.
The last couple of weeks have been very good for both stripers and bluefish along the RI shoreline.  In fact, it is one of the best August streaks I have seen along the oceanfront in years.  Here is the hit parade of lures that have been catching the most fish from both the shore and boat:
1.  Needlefish-  This is my go to top
water lure instead of a popper.  I make a homemade 5 inch model in a white color that has been really catching.
2.  Kastmaster XL- The elongated Kastmaster is hot these days.  It casts like a bullet and can be retrieved normally near the surface or jigged along the bottom while drifting from the boat.  I like the 3 1/2 and 4 inch models with a green or chartreuse band.
3.  Daiwa SP minnow- The hottest swimmer from last year continues to shine.  No mackerel around but I still like the green or blue mackerel color.  Casts like a bullet.
4.  Jigs- Either the bucktail jig (1/2 oz. flathead)  or a Zoom fluke on a half ounce jighead have been hot numbers from shore and boat.
5.  Teasers-  I like either a Red Gill teaser or a Deceiver fly teaser rigged ahead of the main offering when schoolies and small keepers are around.  Light colors work well in the daytime, black at night.  Take off the teaser if the blues are around.