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Dale Ward looks into the world of Vibration Lures and why these lures have time and time again delivered results no matter what the species and how far these lures have come as being one of the most effective type of lures on the market.

Vibration lures have become immensely popular with anglers over the past few years. The lures work by transmitting vibrations through water to attract predatory fish. There are many different types of vibe lures in many sizes, hard vibes, soft vibes, small vibes and large vibes. They can be called anything from lipless cranks to bibless minnows, vibration baits or even just vibes.

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In recent years there has been an explosion in the popularity of the relatively small, skinny lures known as blades. These lures are sometimes called metal-bodied blades, and in the past I have referred to them as such. That was until I picked up a few Japanese DUO blades, which have a plastic body, therefore rendering the term metal-bodied inaccurate. So whats the fuss all about? Okay so here’s my first rash statement that I consider fact; blades are now by far the single most deadly tool for catching big numbers of bream.

Let me justify that comment with a few facts and personal tallies. A lot of bream comps these days, and probably most of them, are won by anglers using blades. From a personal aspect, over the last 18 months while giving blades a real solid work over, I have to say I’ve never caught so many bream ever before. Most blades are quite small in relation to other hard bodied lures or soft plastics and bream anglers can choose any number of different blades from 35-45mm. Most blades have a very bright flashy and shiny finish that I͛m sure has high appeal to most fish, especially flathead.

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Technique is quite simple to. To get the very best out of blades it will take a lot of trial and error in all methods of retrieve. I tend to constantly hop and jig the lure with very short, but sharp, jerks of the rod at about three second intervals. In some sessions a lot of bream will eat the lure on the first lift of the rod, yet on other days it may require a more aggressive, even violent working of the rod to get those cranky bream to attack. This quicker and aggressive method is dynamite on big flathead but will also appeal to pesky tailor.

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My idea is to make the blades give off as much flash and movement as possible. Sometimes a very subtle finessing is required to get the best out of these lures like gently jigging or tea-bagging right next to a bream and tease the hell out of them. This works extremely well directly below your boat in deeper water, and in fact a high percentage of hook-ups happen very close to the end of my retrieve. Bream seem to panic and have a last ditch grab at the blade before it disappears to the surface. For finicky fish you can always try long pauses and many a bream has eaten a stationary blade having watched it for over 15 seconds.

It’s all about covering a whole heap of country in a short amount of time and this system is so deadly on flathead as well. Ive also discovered bream will attack blades in the shallows during a much faster retrieve than plastics or hard bodied lures and this can also increases your tally no end. Like everything in the world of lures, blades will keep evolving and before long we will see another range of totally new blades made with weird materials, shapes, colours and hooks. The concept of fishing small, heavy, bottom bouncing blades is here to stay and has yet to really peak. If like me, you have been slow to put blades in your tackle box, well I suggest it’s time you give them a whirl.

Spoiled with Choice:

unspecified-12Once the soft vibe lure took off so rapidly in Australia it opened up so many avenues for anglers who were frustrated with heavily fished areas, the stealth presentation started to fool species all over again in these areas. The first soft vibes in the country I remember using was the Jackall Mask Vibes followed by Jackall’s larger model the Transam. Anglers like myself were astonished as to how effective these new, improved and refined vibration lures were. The vibration of soft vibes is a far less aggressive vibration and more of a subtle and illusive presentation and radiates a more authentic swim in the water.

Originally, I believed that the soft vibes were the way to go but having taken quite a few fish on hard bodied vibes I now use either style with confidence. I rely on the lighter 10g vibes for areas of less current or less depth, and the heavier ones when there’s a combination of current and depth as we see in our Sydney Estuaries. When youre selecting a vibe that’s within your chosen price range, take a close look at the lure when it’s out of the box. The hooks should be sticky sharp and unlikely to foul on each other, and for best action there needs to be a split ring. If the lure doest’t have a split ring, fit one on it because otherwise it will deter the natural presentation on the offering.

Rattles:

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Rattle vibes are often used in muddy waters as well. If the fish can’t see their food, they’ll use other senses to find it. Because the rattle allows the fish to pinpoint the location of the lure, many anglers like to use spots at night. Making consecutive casts to the same area gives the fish an opportunity to locate and grab your lure. Especially when night fishing, slowing the retrieve a notch and adding some small, rapid jerks of the rod tip gives better results. There’s absolutely no mistaken truth that noise and vibration have a major role in fishes everyday vitality. Predators sense vibrations of prey, and prey obviously feel predators converging to hunt them.

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These noisy lures hone in on just about every aspect of fish species active senses, noise travels more efficiently through water than it does through air. This means that noises are more easily and clearly detected underwater than above. Whether or not this translates to more bites will depend on many factors; however, it can’t be positively argued that a fish coming to investigate your lure because it heard it, before it saw it, meant you’d been given an opportunity that you otherwise might not have got. Personally, I believe noisy lures should always have a place in my tackle box and fishing situations. It’s just a matter of time, place and personal preference.

Rattle baits as some call them, are very effective for those anglers who know where the cockle shell beds and stump fields are located; cast them long, let them go all the way to bottom, and then pull them up in a series of sharp twitches, followed by letting them fall on nearly slack line back to bottom. Often, the fish nail it on the fall you feel only a light tap of a Mulloway at most times and that’s your signal to set the hook. This is a particularly good tactic for tournament fishing it often produces high grade fish. They also work well fished vertically. Find a shad school in open water that’s showing gamefish markings below it, drop your rattlebait down to their level a 1 ounce model works best for this action and then snatch it up a couple feet, before allowing it to fall back to their level. Again, the bite is often just a faint tick on the line and braid works well for this application.

Vibration lures, Lipless crankbaits. or Vibes, whichever you may prefer to call them are one of the most efficient and effective lure types on the market and I dare say they have come a long way since the first Cotton Cordell models, but we definitely haven͛t seen the last of this technology by a long shot. These lures have time and time again pulled up the results and no matter what species I’m chasing, whether it be Bass, Bream or Mulloway, one of my rods are certainly rigged up with some sort of Vibration lure.

The true meaning of life

The true meaning of life

Dale Ward

About Dale Ward

Dale Ward grew up in both Sydney and Country Victoria and has fished as far back as he can remember. Dale has found himself casting lures at both freshwater and saltwater species along the East-Coast and prides himself as a new member of the Kaydo Fishing World team.

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