5 Fishing Lures That Do Double Duty

If you are like me, the first saltwater fishing lures that come to mind are for deep sea tackle like soda can sized skirted plugs used when trolling for marlin or giant jigs that rocket to the bottom for halibut or reef fish such as snapper. But in “skinny” water or when schools of feeding fish are in range, saltwater anglers cast fishing lures that look similar to freshwater lures but may be a few sizes larger, heavier, or brighter.

Here some examples of saltwater and freshwater species that can be caught on the same lure.

Try a Baitcaster, or Spinning Tackle

  • Inshore redfish will hammer fluttering spinnerbaits that are a favorite of largemouth bass.

  • Pelagic mahi-mahi can be caught with flashy salmon and trout spoons.

  • Amberjack can be tempted to blast the same large chugging topwater plugs that a muskellunge might whack. (Or that a striped bass would launch skyward, in either saltwater or freshwater for that matter.)

  • And fishing guide, Capt. Clay Eavenson of Tampa, Florida catches “tons of snook” using the lipless Rat-L-Trap crankbait which can be used to catch walleye among other species in freshwater.

Fun with Fly Fishing

  • Tarpon flies will also get inhaled by northern pike. And vice versa.
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  • Tarpon can be taken on a pike fly.

  • All saltwater and freshwater fishing lures try to imitate a prey item. Generally, saltwater fishing lures are built to attract attention from greater distances or depths but many lures will work in both types of water. I can’t wait to chuck some of my larger freshwater lure collection in the surf to see what happens.

When fishing in the ocean, make sure to check your coastal state regulations before you go. And then tell us about it. Have you caught saltwater fish with freshwater lures? Or the other way around?

Photo courtesy of Capt. Clay Eavenson

Andy Whitcomb

Andy Whitcomb

Andy Whitcomb is a columnist, outdoor humorist, and stressed-out Dad. He says there are “people who fish”… and there are “fishermen”.  One of the few things he knows is that he is a “fisherman”...  To the point it could be classified as borderline illness.  Sharing this obsession is rewarding, therapeutic. He likes to encourage people to “stop and smell the crappie."  Enjoys catching fish, but gets a greater thrill out of helping someone else hook up.
Born in Florida, but raised on the banks of Oklahoma farm ponds. Now relocated to western Pennsylvania. He has fished, worked, lived all around the US.  He has a B.S. in Zoology from Oklahoma State as well...
And he met his wife while electrofishing. He has been contributing weekly to www.takemefishing.org since 2011.