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Salmon Fishing Tackle: A Few Helpful Hints

November 3rd, 2009 · No Comments · Salmon Tackle

Fishing in general is one of the most widely enjoyed leisure sports today, but it requires a specific set of equipment to do it well. From fishing rods to lures, fishing specifically for salmon can be tricky without the right equipment most particularly the correct lures.

Here are a few things to look at when purchasing your first, or replacement, salmon fishing tackle:

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Salmon Lures
If you're going to lure the salmon in, you'll need something they find appealing. Typical fishing tackle is made to imitate worms or bugs, but salmon aren't drawn in by those gimmicks. If you want to catch a salmon, you need a lure based specifically on smaller fish as that is what the typical salmon eats. Buying lures that are either imitations of smaller fish, using those smaller fish as actual hook bait, or buying lures made to move like those fish do when in the water are your best bets for actually catching salmon no matter where you're fishing.

How Lures should look
Since Salmon try to kill their food by biting them from behind before they will eat them, the more it looks like a small fish, the more likely the salmon will come back and eat it. Give the salmon a few tugs on the line before pulling the bait in. If it keeps moving the salmon may get frustrated or confused and swim off in search of dinner that actually dies.

Lure Action

If you are on a boat it is easiest to catch salmon when your boat is traveling a few miles per hour. Salmon have been known to swim upwards of 10 miles per hour so they should have no problem catching the bait, but the movement of the bait is vital. If the bait simply sits in the water, other fish generally won't notice it. Salmon prefer "live" bait so moving your lure around in the water to give it the appearance of being alive will catch you the most fish. The lure you choose should also have a nice wiggle to it when it moves through the water. Lures that just drag in the water are generally uninteresting.

Smelly Lures

It is hypothesized that salmon have an uncanny sense of smell. One of the most common tips available to new salmon fishers is to make sure you keep your lures, weights, lines and other underwater equipment as clean as possible. Make sure it doesn't smell like humans by washing it off in ocean water between uses and if you know the salmon are there but nothing is biting you should check your equipment to see if it has collected kelp or other non-edible to salmon items.

By buying the right lures, you increase your chances exponentially of actually catching something. Make sure your lures look like fish, move like fish, smell like fish and are strong enough to withstand a salmon attack and you'll have a great start on your salmon fishing tackle.