What is your favorite fishing lure, the one you use most often? It’s not good to get to focused on just one or two lures, but on the other hand, fishing is about confidence. Obviously if you have a lot of confidence in a particular lure you are going to use it more often and with more intensity. A Rooster Tail is definitely a confidence lure for me and one that I have tied on most of the time. In particular, a 1/8 ounce silver and white Rooster Tail. There are a lot of other color combination and I’m sure they all work, but I prefer the natural colors that imitate shad and minnows. I have this rigged on a 6 ft light spinning rod with 8 lb Fire Line. Since the 8 lb Fire Line is the same diameter as 3 lb monofilament line it allows me to cast the little Rooster Tail with ease.
Using a small lure like this is good for numbers of fish. It seems to be better for quantity rather than quality fish, although I do catch some good size fish from time to time also. In another post I wrote about Kayla catching a decent North Pike (about 24″) on this lure on our trip to Cass Lake Minnesota and I have caught some nice Large and Small Mouth Bass from time to time. It is especially fun fighting these larger fish on light tackle. It’s also good for a number of other species, such as Warmouth, White and Striped bass, Crappie, Blue Gill, and even the occasional Walleye or Sauger.
I believe the key to catching fish with the Rooster Tail, as with any lures, is knowing when and where to throw it. Although it will work in open water in the middle of the day, particularly when Hybrid Strippers are chasing shad on the surface, the most consistent bite is dusk or dawn, close to shore. Real close to shore, particularly a rocky shoreline. I rarely ever make any casts straight out from the shore when casting it from shore and most of my cast are often just a foot or two from shore. This is actually one situation where you can fish better from shore than from a boat if you have access to the right stretch of shoreline, because the strike zone is very close to the shore and you don’t have to worry about boat control. Keep the lure in the water all the way back to you and watch for strikes at the end of the retrieve. I have had fish hit right as I was getting ready to pull the lure out of the water.
Give this a try and Go Fish!
What is your favorite/confidence lure?
I had a very strange thing happen the other night when I was fishing our local marina. As I often do I was fish at sunset with a 1/8 oz Roostertail. I had caught a couple Large Mouth so far and was moving around the shoreline. I made a cast parallel to shore, as I normally do and a small fish hit my lure. After fighting that fish for just a couple seconds all of a sudden he seemed to get bigger. A bigger fish had hit the smaller fish and I was fighting him. I saw the back of the bigger fish, but not enough to tell what species, although I thought it looked different. Eventually the bigger fish let go and I landed the smaller one, a Large Mouth about 8 or 9 inches. Now that’s not the strange part. Anyone who has spent much time on the water has had a big fish hit a smaller fish when you were reeling it in. This has happened more than once to me. The strange part happened as I was unhooking the bass. I saw some movement in the water, so I looked up to see what it was. When I did, a fish came to the surface and looked at me. I mean we made eye contact. Now that was weird. Fish don’t normally do that and I couldn’t tell the species, but it looked like a Bowfin. What some would call a Dogfish. I caught one in the marina a couple years ago and they are different looking. This incident was very strange indeed.
Ever have anything like this happen to you?
Did you ever play in the creek as a kid? If not, you missed out on a lot of fun. I have to admit , I have “played” in the creek just as much, if not more, as an adult than I did as a kid. The main reason is that I have learned what great fisheries they are. I’m talking about creeks in the local area such as Big Sandy in Marshall county and Bureau Creek in Bureau county, just to name a couple. I waded a stretch of one of these creeks yesterday and I caught Small Mouth, Large Mouth, and White Bass, Sauger, and Warmouth. I have to admit that most of these fish were small, but still fun on light tackle, especially some of the Small Mouth, which is my preferred species in this situation. In my opinion it is worth dealing with the smaller fish to get a couple bigger Smallies. Anyone who has caught Small Mouth in a creek or river knows that they are very scrappy fighters, as well as acrobatic. My lures of choice this day, as many days, were a 1/8 ounce Rooster Tail, white with silver blades, and a lead head jig with a white curly tail grub on it. Most of the fish were catch on my way up stream with the Rooster Tail, but a couple of the biggest Small Mouth were caught on my my back down stream on the jig.
Even though I do most of my fishing from a boat these days, I still like to get out and “play” in the creek at least once or twice a year, and even though I have caught bigger Smallies in these local creeks on other outings, it was still a fun day, not to mention a great way to get some exercise.
What is you favorite creek in the area to fish?
What species of fish do you target?