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Sometimes you have to learn how lures work

July 20, 2018
By GEORGE TUNISON , Cape Coral Daily Breeze

Being a lure and fly collector, the Limited Edition 4 pc. Trout Master lure set made as a tribute to Harold LeMaster, the founder of the MirrOlure Co., was right up my alley. Limited to 2,500 sets at $49.99 each, I immediately took the bait and have been awaiting the postman's arrival.

If you care to order yours, contact the L&S Bait Company at; 727-584-7691.

As a young angler it took me awhile to catch on to the effectiveness of those seemingly lifeless hunks of plastics. Other lures dipped, dived or swam in some type of swimming motion on the retrieve but the MirrO-lure really did nothing, no built-in action, I thought. Later, I received my education.

In my home waters of the northeast inlet, fishing for giant sea trout, bluefish and strippers or rockfish was the deal. Inlets with strong currents where the traditional 1-2 oz. bucktail jig coupled with a plastic worm trailer was the hot lure to cast and retrieve in the running tide.

Standing on the always slippery rocks casting my jig, I couldn't help but notice my fellow angler throwing a MirrOlure and scoring huge trout one after the other while I had one runt bluefish to my credit.

He would make a long cast up tide and let it drift back with occasional rod tip twitches that would be rewarded with a crushing strike and a beautiful 15-pound class seatrout or "weakfish."

It didn't take me long to get the picture and before long I was well stocked with MirrOlures, which I still use daily for fun fishing as well as charters with eager clients.

The true genius of the MirrOlure lies in its simplicity. Cast it out and retrieve it in a straight line and it looks like what it is- a not so hot looking plastic fish imitator. Cast it out and slowly twitch it back to you sides flashing in its wounded minnow death dance, it then becomes a super predator attractor that will at one time or the next attract and hook every species in our area from sea trout to tarpon.

That flash or twitch of a dying baitfish is what the MirrOlure is all about and was taken to a new level when the company improved on an already classic lure and brought us the MirrOdine series. With it's larger flatter sides, the twitch and flash action was magnified. This extra flash coupled with the lure's ability to suspend in the water column made it an instant classic with inshore flats anglers.

Now this wounded baitfish action is seen in tons of other lure designs from different manufactures like Rapala with their recent Coastal Series of twitch baits.

Over the years quietly flipping a two hook small original floating MirrOlure into cracks and cervices along a Matlacha mangrove shoreline have put a truckload of snook on my line.

Its vital to tie these lures to your line with a loop knot. A tight direct connection to the lure's eye will generally kill the action of this bait.

Only use a loop knot that when finished tying, has the tag end or extra cut off portion facing rearward or toward you. A forward facing tag end is a weed and grass collector wasting time and scaring fish away from your lure.

The other "secret" is to slow down. For many run and gun anglers, slowing down is really hard. Toss these lures out into a likely looking spot and stop moving as the lure suspends. Any fish scared by the splash down may return for another look. After a 20 count or more, give it a slight twitch on a tight line, mend line but don't move the lure. Do this three or four times and if no interest, recast to another spot.

Another valuable trick to learn is to feather your line to create a non-freighting soft water lure entry.

Don't play with lightning and boat home safely.

Capt. George Tunison is a Cape Coral resident fishing guide. Contact him at 239-440-1621 or



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