Types of Fishing Lures

The best way to catch any fish is to use a lure, and they can be super effective for just about any species of fish. Lures are simply artificial fishing baits that are used to catch fish and they come in plenty of different sizes, shapes, and colors. But what works for one species of fish may not necessarily work for another, so you need different types of lures in your arsenal. Let’s take a look at a few of the most popular types of fishing lures out there that you need for your next trip!


Plugs are fishing lures made of hard plastic and resemble the most common bait fish or other prey animals of your target fish species. They will usually include a thin piece of plastic on the front called the lip, and this makes the entire lure wobble and move while in the water. A plug can have many different actual designs that allow it to either float, dive, sink, or wobble through the water in order to attract fish.


Jigs are very simple lures that will feature a weighted head on one side of it and a single hook on the other side. They will usually have a skirt made of plastic around the hook, and are effective for many different species of fish. Because they are weighted, jigs will sink very quickly and easily. This makes them a perfect choice for deep water or bottom fishing.


Spinnerbaits are unique lures that are designed to move through the water at higher speeds than other lures, and on a horizontal plane. They are available in a wide array of shapes,colors, and sizes depending on the target species and the water depth that you will be fishing.  Spinnerbaits will have a hook on one side, and a metal blade that spins (hence the name) on the other. The hook will usually have a skirt around it, and the spinning of the blade or blades will help to create vibrations in the water and attract attention.

Soft Plastics

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Soft plastic lures are a staple among most fishermen, and are rubbery artificial baits that are made to resemble a wide variety of different creatures. You will find plastic baits in the shapes of things like worms, lizards, crawfish, frogs, and other animals that are preyed upon by fish. Soft plastics are favorite amongst bass anglers, but can be used to catch just about any species of predatory fish out there. Plastics can be all different colors and sizes to suit your needs, and can be rigged up with many different methods.

Blades and Vibes

Blades and vibes lures are very similar, but do have a few key differences. Both are designed to be used for sub-surface (often in deeper water) situations. Vibes can be constructed of different materials and generally feature a rubber skirt or other addition, while blades are usually metal or sometimes a hard plastic. Both, however, are very thin and function on the same basic principles. Using both blades and vibes is very popular because of just how easy they are to use, and how effective they are at catching fish!


Green Fishing Lights: How to use Them

Underwater green fishing lights attract fish to your dock for a spectacle for you to enjoy or fish upon. These lights range from $25 – $450 in price and range in colors as well as brightness. The brighter the light the more fish you will attract. Generally you want to use a green or blue light source as fish are attracted to those colors.

How Do Green Fishing Lights Work?

Underwater fishing lights work by creating a food source around the placement area. Blue and green wavelengths of light in the water attract things like plankton. Smaller bait fish swarm the plankton to feed and hang around the light for a source of food. Smaller bait fish then attract larger game fish looking to feed on the small bait fish. These green fishing lights only increase in fish density the longer you leave it operating. Fish return to places that are easy feeding and before you know it you’ll have tons of fish swarming your green fishing light.

Types Of Green Fishing Lights?

A green fishing light can be categorized as a portable or mounted light. Some lights are smaller and more portable to use for pond fishing. Others are geared to dock presentations and attract fish to your property. These lights are mounted onto the dock and plugged into a GFCI. This is different from portable lights as they can be run from a car, or external portable battery. The smaller led lights tend to be dimmer but it’s a sacrifice for the mobility they bring. Mounted led fishing lights tend to be powerful and are stationary bringing fish back.

Can You Fish With A Green Light?

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With the green fishing light attracting game fish to your dock it is perfect for dock or bow fishing. With most green fishing lights being submersible you can fish, cast nets, and bow fish around them without any impact on the light. Moving the lights to different positions around your dock or in the area you are fishing is also possible. Testing new depths and locations is key to attracting the most fish. Remember not to make a lot of noise on the dock as the fish can sense the vibrations of you walking heavy and it may spook them.

What Depths Can You Use A Fishing Light?

Small portable lights are limited on depth because they lack the lumens to light the surface through the water. Mounted lights can reach depths of 35 feet while still maintaining good visibility and fish attraction. The visibility through the water can also affect the lights brightness and dull colors. Generally speaking if the water is dirty the light might not perform as well as if it was in clear water.

Are Fishing Lights Submersible?

Most green fishing lights are waterproof and can be thrown in salt-water and freshwater environments. The lights are weighted at the bottom or have weights attached to them to keep them facing upwards in the water. If your waters have high currents getting heavier lights is recommended so it will stay in place.

Increasing Your Homes Aesthetic

With color options of blue and green lighting your boat outside your house is magnificent with green fishing lights. While they attract fish to your dock they also illuminate your home’s water or boats around your dock.