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Tuesday October 17, 2017

Let's face it... Fooling a fish with an artificial lure has some intrinsic satisfaction. Many anglers boast "I'm a Purist" in my fishing endeavors and I never use natural baits, I only use artificials. Fly fishing aficionados are at the top of the pecking order when it comes to artificials and often snear and look down upon mere fisherman that use natural baits and refer to their collection of flies as the "Real" natural baits while many fly fishing enthusiast go as far as saying their fly imitations should only be insects and larvae. I don't know about you but I just like catching fish and whatever works is fine with me... LOL!

Growing up on the saltwater canals off of the Banana River Lagoon in Central Florida I was given a simple balsa wood diving Rapala plug to fish around the mangroves and docks with. I quickly studied varieties of Mirrolures and other hard twitching and diving wood and hard plastic lures for their effectiveness when I earned the ability to buy my own collection of lures.

I had an infatuation with hard lures or baits from the time I was a boy till present day as manufacturers have spawned large varieties from shallow diving lipped & unlipped, suspending plugs, deep diving crank baits, hard jerk baits or twitch baits in an assortment of materials from wood, plastic and even Kevlar.

Hard baits can be trolled, casted and can be armed with an arsenal of treble or even single hooks. Some hard baits are very realistic and resemble exact duplicates of many live baitfish.

Look to conditions and presentation when fishing hard baits in each situation. I rarely use hard baits when weeds are thick as aquatic vegetation quickly disables action and tangles them. In the right conditions a nicely placed lure that stays in the strike zone long enough to get noticed with a realistic action will be rewarded. You'll want to experiment with suspending or floating hard baits figure out which one works best for each location and conditions you fish.

Fishing In Orlando Florida With Artificial Lures

Reviewed by Captain Richard Bradley on Last modified: January 28 2017 22:43:07.

Published by: Captain of Lagooner Fishing Guides©

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October - 2017 Fishing Report

The summer is over and the autumn winds are starting to prevail as we head toward the holidays and winter. With water temperatures on the fall and water levels above average you can find good numbers of fish very close to the shoreline and against the mangroves. Mullet are in their peak run and will start to subside as we enter November, but bait, comfort and the end of the redfish spawn should keep anglers busy during the month of October. Lie mullet will trump any given bait during the fall on most days and if you're lucky enough to run into a school of big breeding redfish, it typically doesn't matter what you throw at them, just be ready for these fish that often exceed forty pounds.

Wrapping up the October report, we have been catching snook along the deeper shorelines with the seasonally high water, breeding redfish are coming to an end, but you have a chance to catch them and the fall mullet fun will keep the gamefish interesting into November.

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