The fishing market is flooded with lures designed to catch fishermen. But how many of those catch fish as well as they claim?
Livingston Lures has developed a line of lures that are sure to catch the eye of any angler. The best part is they also catch fish! I have been testing these lures against my confidence baits since mid summer and they are now my go-to lures. From topwater to 20ft deep Livingston has changed the game.
Livingston has added a circuit board to the inside of their lures that emit the sounds of distressed bait fish. When both treble hooks hit the water it triggers the circuit board to turn on. This new technology calls fish to the lure and triggers an instinctive strike. Bass and all game fish for that matter are opportunistic feeders. A baitfish that is dying or in distress is an easy meal.
Since fall is here and winter is right around the corner I am going to share two of my favorite lures and techniques for this time of year.
The Pro Ripper
During fall shad are migrating to the backs of creeks and bass are following. A lipless crankbait can be very effective. A lipless bait that imitates both the sight and sound of injured bait fish can be deadly.
I like to fan cast the Pro Ripper on a 7′ M rod with a 6.4:1 reel spooled with 20lb braid. Target flats and secondary points near the back of creeks and coves. Pause the lure often to let the sound technology do its work. Try to bump into as much cover as possible.
When fish suspend in the tops of trees, brush or grass I like to get the lure hung up in the cover and rip it out. As the lure sits still emitting the sounds of an injured bait fish it draws fish in, when ripped out it triggers a reaction strike. This technique produces big fish so be ready to hang on!
Jerkbaits are known to catch fish in cold water. And I mean relative cold water. Here on Grand Lake cold water is 55 degrees and below. In the south “cold water” can be much higher temperatures. In any case water colder than what a bass is used to causes their metabolism to slow and they are not as willing to chase a meal.
The Livingston Lures Stickmaster is an amazing jerkbait. I think color is more important when a lure sits still during the presentation. In clear water I like the Clearwater Shad and XXX Shad colors . Citrus Sparkle is my choice in water with less visibility.
A 6’6″ M rod with a 6.4:1 reel spooled with 10-12lb test fluorocarbon is my first choice but I will change to spinning gear and line from 6-8lb test in super clear water or if I need to get the lure deeper.
Target steep banks, docks, brush and rock piles. Change your presentation until the fish tell you which cadence they want. I always start with a jerk, jerk, pause, jerk, pause cadence and change the pause time from just a couple seconds to as long as it takes to get bit. Remember this lure is calling fish to it with sound not just sight so the pause time is very important.
I hope these tips help you put more fsh in the boat this fall and winter!