Monday, December 6, 2010

My Favorite Saltwater Lure

I've used a bunch of different lures over the years for a ton of different species. Everything from tiny hair jigs for trout and crappie to gigantic swim baits and plugs for bass and stripers. I won't say I've tried them all , but I've certainly used more than most people. Bucktails , spinnerbaits , topwater plugs , spoons and just about anything else you can think of have all been on my line at some point. I'm not proud of it either , since a lot of lures seem to catch more fishermen than they do fish.

The idea behind lures is simple : use bits of hair ,  metal and plastic to make something that closely resembles things that fish normally eat in their natural environment. The lure is tied on , cast out and reeled in. The weight and shape of the lure , combined with a diving lip or concave shape , come together to give the lure " action " that attracts strikes from predatory fish. Some lures are simpler still , requiring the angler to twitch and shake the lure in order to fool the fish.

Some of the new lure designs are super realistic , looking like a real baitfish when they are in the water. Others look nothing like a baitfish at first glance , relying on the hands of a skilled angler to jerk and jiggle the lure to life. This last category of lure has always been my favorite. They normally provoke an instinctual strike from the fish. These lures are generally fished fairly fast so the fish don't have time to think about it. The combination of a fast moving lure and a fish who's primitive brain is telling it to " Eat Now " often leads to explosive fishing.

If I was limited to only using one lure and only having one color of that lure , I would have to choose the Red/White 1 ounce Got-cha lure from Sea Striker. Hands down , no complaints , that's the lure I would choose. Why? It's simple - they work and they work really well. I can't put a number on the amount of fish I've caught with this lure , but it would run well into the thousands. If there are a lot of bluefish around , it's nothing to catch 50 or even 100 fish in a single day with this lure. You can find out more about how to rig this lure by reading an article I wrote over at Flyfishing the Southern Blue Ridge . You can find my article here.

Of course no one is capable of convincing me to take just one lure when I go fishing , so don't worry about my Got-chas getting lonely. I have them in most sizes and a bunch of different colors. As I mentioned above the Red/White is my all time favorite , but there are other colors that work just as well. We all know fish can be finicky , so it pays to have a few options when it comes to color. Yellow/White , Light Blue/White , Red/Black , Red/Chartreusse , Red/Gold , Red/Silver and Pink/Pink are all good choices that have produced fish for me in the past. The newer designs with mylar inside of a clear body work well , as does the new " Electric Chicken " pattern Sea Striker put out last year.

Anyone want to clean out my tackle box?
Give them a try sometime , if you haven't already. Got-chas are great for blues and Spanish Mackerels and they also catch a lot of fish. I've seen just about everything caught on them , citation pompanos , doormat flounder and 40 pound stingrays in just a week this past summer.

Just remember to use a leader and fish them fast. I like to keep them shallow enough that I can see them and watch the fish come after them.

Have a great week!


  1. Got-Cha...found one in my dad's old tacklebox this summer, still in package, marked $0.99; and made in Wilmington, NC.
    We used to call 'em Jerk Jiggers, too.

  2. Depending on where you're at a lot of people still call them Jerk Jiggers or just plain Jiggers. On Hatteras Island they're definitely still jiggers.

    That's a neat thing to find in your dad's old tackle box. Personally I would be torn between keeping it for sentimental reasons and using it for what he bought it for.

    Damn good lures though!

    True story - the guy who originally designed and made the original Got-chas gave the name and equipment to one of his distributors for free when he decided to retire. I think they came out in the late fifties , with the red and white being the first color available for purchase.


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