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#11853606 - 09/28/16 09:15 AM Freshwater Lures in Saltwater...
Ioben Borbiliac Offline
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Anyone tried using their freshwater lures in salt? Any luck? I'm looking for a good all-around lure for both types of water since Houston is home to so many types of waters.

I'm tempted to try my Rat-L-Trap this weekend, but I'd hate to spook the trout... Also, read where some people have been successful catching reds on them, but the powerful bites usually result in scrapes of the clear coat, leading to a bad trailing lure on the next cast.

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#11853931 - 09/28/16 11:55 AM Re: Freshwater Lures in Saltwater... [Re: Ioben Borbiliac]
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Short of needing to replace the hooks (to help keep them from rusting), no reason why most bass baits wouldn't work in the saltwater. thumb
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#11853993 - 09/28/16 12:28 PM Re: Freshwater Lures in Saltwater... [Re: Ioben Borbiliac]
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I've used magnum rattletraps in saltwater for tuna fishing. Just swapped the hooks for 4x VMCs and no problems.

Likewise, bass spinnerbaits and smiliar lures work just fine for redfish in the bays. Just rinse them off afterwards.
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#11854071 - 09/28/16 01:16 PM Re: Freshwater Lures in Saltwater... [Re: Ioben Borbiliac]
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A lot of soft plastic swim baits will work in salt just like they do in fresh water.
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#11854320 - 09/28/16 04:08 PM Re: Freshwater Lures in Saltwater... [Re: Ioben Borbiliac]
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Bone white Zara spooks work good in both fresh and salt.
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#11854682 - 09/28/16 07:45 PM Re: Freshwater Lures in Saltwater... [Re: Ioben Borbiliac]
Jim Ford Offline
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Pretty much any lure that works on bass will work on reds or specks. I've been seen chunking Rattletraps in the salt before. Just be aware that salt is hard on the hardware.

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#11854726 - 09/28/16 08:12 PM Re: Freshwater Lures in Saltwater... [Re: Ioben Borbiliac]
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Crappie jigs work like a charm -- I used them in Bolivar surf and it was fish on every cast... Even got a flounder :-)

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#11854772 - 09/28/16 08:37 PM Re: Freshwater Lures in Saltwater... [Re: Ioben Borbiliac]
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Just take a toothbrush and wash down your baits after using them in salt water. Dawn soap and rinse good.
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#11858379 - 10/01/16 06:12 AM Re: Freshwater Lures in Saltwater... [Re: Jim Ford]
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Originally Posted By: Jim Ford
Pretty much any lure that works on bass will work on reds or specks. I've been seen chunking Rattletraps in the salt before. Just be aware that salt is hard on the hardware.


THIS!!

I have MANY bass lures that catch many trout and reds. You can use the hooks that come with it until your first outing then change after. Spinners work well too! Try the "Whopper Plopper". New lure that is getting attention.
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#11861536 - 10/03/16 07:41 AM Re: Freshwater Lures in Saltwater... [Re: Ioben Borbiliac]
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Yep.. theyll all work.. some better than others. What's important is throwing that bait in front of fish.

Change out the harware for stainless splitrings (#3s) and tinned or galvanized hooks and you're good to go
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#11862267 - 10/03/16 01:37 PM Re: Freshwater Lures in Saltwater... [Re: Ioben Borbiliac]
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#11862822 - 10/03/16 07:03 PM Re: Freshwater Lures in Saltwater... [Re: Ioben Borbiliac]
mattybbassing Offline
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Registered: 08/29/16
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i used to always catch mess from my dad but i love to use freshwater baits i love to use spinner baits and swim baits i also use my crank baits and rattle traps on reds


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#11863572 - 10/04/16 07:07 AM Re: Freshwater Lures in Saltwater... [Re: Ioben Borbiliac]
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yep - they will work ... from rattle-traps to soft plastics.
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#11866011 - 10/05/16 12:28 PM Re: Freshwater Lures in Saltwater... [Re: Ioben Borbiliac]
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Registered: 03/31/08
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Loc: Plano, TX
Kastmaster's in gold with the yellow tail. 3/8 or 1/2 oz. Reds love them, specs will eat them, too. Its a must have in anyone's box. We fish them here in the DFW area lakes for sandbass and hybrids. Guaranteed to heat up the fishing and cool down your wallet! Walmart, Academy, BP, Cabela's, Dick's, Ebay, etc... most everyone carries them. The Acme Lures website sucks so buying them direct can be a challenge. Same price as local.

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#11867641 - 10/06/16 11:06 AM Re: Freshwater Lures in Saltwater... [Re: Ioben Borbiliac]
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I will say, that most of the freshwater soft plastics are made much softer than the majority of quality saltwater lures. Sometimes that's good.. like in the case of bass assasins.. they still catch a lot of trout for me and I have a lot of confidence in them.. but when i'm just fishing for fish on the open reefs and the fish are smaller I'll tend to use something a little tougher like a TTF TroutKiller or Kelly Wiggler or Hoagie. They will stand up to a lot more teeth. On plugs and most spoons just remember to change out the hooks and split rings and you'll be good to go. I will say that the finish on most mirrolures are extra tough as well... but I'm not sure the fish care on the finish. Some of my favorite topwaters don't have much finish left on them.
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