Make us your home page
Instagram

Get the quickest, smartest news, analysis and photos from the Bucs game emailed to you shortly after the final whistle.

(View our Privacy Policy)

Five effective spring lures

Snook and largemouth bass have a lot in common. Both are ambush predators that use shadows and structure to attack prey. With water temperatures on the rise, the snook are moving from their shelter of the backcountry creeks and canals to the beaches and open-water passes to prepare for the summer spawn. These fish are hungry and it doesn't take much to trigger a strike. Nothing beats a handful of scaled sardines but if you are an artificial enthusiast looking for a challenge, here are five spring lures guaranteed to get a bite.

SpoolTek Lures

Concealed leader deploys upon strike. Fish can't see the leader — fish can't throw the hook. Slow works best. Perfect for fishing the passes as well as docks and spill ways. $14.99

Slayer Inc., Lure Co., Sinister Series

S.S.T. Sinister Swim Tail 31/2 inches, S.S.B. Sinister Stick Bait 41/4 inches, S.T.B. Sinister Twitch Bait 5 inches

Designed with "Flow Motion" Technology , slow-rolled, twitched or just a steady retrieve, the sinister bait series works in both fresh and saltwater. Great for fishing potholes on the flats. $4.29 to $4.99 .

Storm WildEye Swim Shad, 3 inches, ¼ oz.

Presents a life-like pattern and action in a soft-plastic body. The holographic insert, swimming flash foil and internal jig head make this lure a real threat on the flats. This bait has great action with a steady retrieve. $4.79

SPRO Sports Professionals Bucktail Jig, ½ oz.

An old reliable that works in all conditions. Great for walking the beach, slowly bounce along bottom. Work passes, bridges and rock jetties. $4.09

Maverick by GoldenEye Lures

This leaping surface lure simulates an injured minnow. The #223 size is great for snook. This bait has long been a tightly-held secret among night-time snook anglers. $7.59

Five effective spring lures 04/04/16 [Last modified: Monday, April 4, 2016 7:04pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times

    

Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

Loading...
  1. Florida Gators' Malik Zaire: 'This is everything to me'

    Blogs

    GAINESVILLE - We're two weeks and one day away from the Florida Gators' Sept. 2 season opener against Michigan, and the quarterback position remains unresolved.

  2. 1997 USF Bulls: Jay Mize, a 'relentless, fearless' safety and entrepreneur

    College

    USF football alumnus Jay Mize, 39, poses for a portrait at Irish 31 Pub House & Eatery located at 1611 W Swann Avenue in Tampa, Fla., on Tuesday, August 8, 2017. Mize, a member of the first USF football team, has evolved into an immensely successful businessman and entrepreneur and he owns the Irish 31 pubs.
  3. Revisiting the inaugural 1997 USF Bulls football roster

    College

    The 1997 USF football team. (University of South Florida, USF Bulls)
  4. 1997 USF Bulls: Charlie Jackson navigates life's speed bumps

    College

    USF wide receiver Charlie Jackson (1) strives for extra yardage as he is brought down from behind by the Citadel's Rob Nichols (29) in the first quarter on Sept. 14, 1997. (Times 1997)
  5. 1997 USF Bulls: Scott McCready trades green and gold for black belts

    College

    USF WR Scott McCready (16) attempts to get past Jacksonville State LB Duriel Hardrick (31) durin a Sept. 2, 2000 game. (Times 2000)