My Top 5 Lures for 2011 Southern Alberta Fishing Season

My Top 5 Lures for 2011 Southern Alberta Fishing Season

I  Wantedto write a quick post in regards to my go to kayak fishing lures thisfishing season.After quite a few descent outings this year I repeatedlyfound myself relying on a lot of the same lures time and timeagain.Sometimes I may not have changed as often as I should have and whoknows what giants I may  have missed out on but these 5 lures,in noparticular order, seemed to produce extremely well in certain situationsand I will always be sure to keep them close at hand when on the water.

 #1 - Thomas Buoyant Spoon 1/4 once in Brown Trout Color  : When hitting stocked trout waters I have  had incredible luck with the Thomas Buoyant spoon in BrownTrout finish.I have to admit the first time I was introduced to thislure by a close friend and fishing buddy I really thought very little ofit . I may have even given him a hard time for spending money on it. Itwasn?t long after seeing his success that I was eating my words andbegging to give it a try.My opinion on the Thomas Buoyant on wild troutwaters is a little mixed but its success on stocked trout waters isunquestionable.Cast or trolled this wobbler has an erratic action thatmimics a fleeing baitfish.It has a quality baked-on enamel finish thatholds up very well to the riggers of fishing .Two of my largest trout,+/-11pds, were caught at Phyllis Lake ,Alberta on this lure this year which is why I will alwayshave it on a rod when hitting stocked trout waters.
 #2 - The Rapala Countdown 9 in Brown Trout Color : This is quite possibly my favorite go to lure for every situation.I have hooked Pike,Walleye,Trout,Mooneyeand Whitefish with the Rapala CD9 this season.Finishes of Silver andRainbow also work well but brown seems to show the best results.It canbe  trolled or cast in the usual manner.Its controlled sinking actionallows you to put it exactly where you want, just above weed tops or onbottom structure for deeper feeders.It may be one of the most popularlures used in this region and for good reason.It?s success on trophytrout in The Bow River alone make it worth keeping a few of thesearound.
 #3 - Blue Fox Vibrax Spinner in Silver :This simple spinner has saved so many days for me on the Bow River when trout fishing that I have to include it on the list.Ithas a two-part body emits low-frequency sound vibrations that attractfish while also eliminating line twist.It has become the go to lureamong myself and my fishing buddies when all else seems to fail.WhenTargeting large trout on the river without any success the VibraxSpinner tends to find its way on the end of the line by the afternoon.Somuch so that typically after a shore lunch on a slow day it?s become arunning joke to got to the silver spinner.On more times then I can countthe Vibrax Spinner has turned around a day of slow fishing.It doesn?tproduce the same quality and size of trout as the Rapla CD 9 but what itlacks on front it makes up for in sheer numbers.Typically hooking nonstop 6? to 12? Browns and Rainbows.Any lure that can time in and timeout save a slow fishing days is always worth having on your kayak.
  #4 -  Aglia Long in size 4 with the Redbo Blade : MyPassion Pike fishing grew quite a bit this year and I spent a lot moretime targeting them.In the past the bulk of my time has been chasingtrout so the was quite a bit of knowledge I picked up this year as faras Pike are concerned.Although I never seemed to have a hard timefinding them and even getting them to chase lures to the kayak gettingthem to commit to hit was sometimes a different story.Having played witha few types of jerkbaits and spoons with mixed results I found that theMepps Aglia Long in size 4 with the Redbo Blade to be the lure thatensured the pike didn?t just follow but hit with a bang.Aglia Longs canbe trolled but are very easy to cast to target areas which is mypreference.Its blade hugs the body while moving allowing it to stay indeep during the retrieve.some of my best moments this year were somehard pike hits sending me for a 180 degree spin while standing in the Jackson Coosa Elite Kayak.And finally
 #5 - Rapala Skitter Pop size 7 in Firetiger : The last lure on my list isn?t one that I have had a ton of success with exactlybut the one I may have had the most fun using.Although I only hooked 2Pike with the Rapala Skitter Pop all season I loved watching it danceand gurgle its way across thewater surface.With one of the loudest spitting actions and fished withwalk-the-dog or twitching retrieves it can result in some crushingstrikes from aggressive surface feeder Pike.Having Pike hit on a topperwater lure has no comparison in my book and is something I plan onworking on a lot more in the future.These lures are by no means all that Icarry as after all I am A kayak Fisherman and as we know just about anylure may work at any given time.But that said these lures always impart asense of confidence in me when I tie them on.
 These lures are by no means all that Icarry as after all I am A kayak Fisherman and as we know just about anylure may work at any given time.But that said these lures always impart asense of confidence in me when I tie them on.

 Check out Kayak Fishing info at: Fishnhound - Kayak Fishning  //fishnhound.canadiankayakanglers.com/

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