I’ve had some pretty good success kayak fishing more saltwater environments lately. I’ve had a lot of time to experiment and didn’t want to use live or dead bait every day. So I set out to see what artificial lures are working best.
A lot of guys rave about the MirrOlures and I’d have to agree. I like their patterns and designs and action in the water. 2 of them make my list of 3 saltwater lures here. After fishing almost daily for the last several weeks in Florida, these are the 3 hard baits I’ve had the most success with.
1. MirrOlure Catch 2000 Suspending Twitchbait
I like this bait in in the black, white, silver (natural) color or green and silver. It’s a little rounder body being a mullet pattern, but still produces a good twitching action. Retrieved pretty quickly, I have come up with a number of sea trout, barracuda, large lady fish, and jacks with this bait recently. Actually, this bait has been so successful, it’s been bitten off by something twice already and I’m now on my 3rd one despite using 20-30 lbs. flourocarbon leaders.
2. MirrOlure MirrOdine Suspending Twitchbait
If I’m looking for less of a mullet profile and more of a profile to resemble other baitfish, I’ll go with the MirrOdine. It has more of that flatter side, shad type body that produces a little better twitching action in the water. Plus, this bait is just slightly smaller than the MirrOlure Catch 2000 above if the fish aren’t going for that.
3. Offshore Angler Shrimp
I really like this bait. It’s a subtle wobble action and doesn’t dive too deep and get hung up on a lot of the dead grass that is still here in the water. The color looks very much like white live shrimp other guys have been using for bait. It can be a little big at times, but more often than not, it’s just right to stimulate bites.
These are some crucial hard plastic baits if you’re out kayak fishing saltwater environments. You can vary your retrieves with these, but the most success I’ve had has been on pretty rapid retrieves with many erratic twitches thrown in. I’ve gotten lots of follows on them too. Many fish are looking at them, but we are in such clear water, they can plainly see it. It’s important that you burn it by them and stimulate that strike quickly before they get a good look. Stock up on a few of these to keep in your arsenal. Also, keep them in a separate Plano tackle box too so as not to rust and corrode any of your freshwater gear with saltwater. That will help with organization too like I talk about in our freshwater lures video course keeping all of your lures in “kits.” Good luck out there in the salt.