Best Fishing Tackle of 2015: 12 of the Hottest Lures Across the South

News & Tips: Best Fishing Tackle of 2015: 12 of the Hottest Lures Across the South...

by NITRO Boats, as published in Volume 2, Issue 1 of NITRO Performance Fishing Boats Magazine

From lunker largemouth to bull reds, here's a selection of out customers' favorite artificial fishing lures across the southern part of the nation. Perennial best sellers, these lures have continued to produce bigger and better fish from the Florida keys to the fertile bass lakes of east Texas. You'll also find tips and techniques to help them work for you.

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1  Katy, TX

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The Fishing Lures: Bass Pro Shops XPS Lazer Eye Deep Diver Crankbaits and Zoom Super Fluke.

The Target Fish: Largemouth bass, redfish.

The Reason: The Bass Pro Deep Diving cranks are deadly on big east Texas bass, and the Super Fluke will catch anything that swims - freshwater or saltwater.

The Tip: Rig the Super Fluke weightless on a 4/0 wide-gap hook and fish it over weedbeds, twitching it as it falls. Keep three or more colors on hand for finicky fish.

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2   Islamorada, FL

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The Fishing Lures: Savage Gear TPE 3D Manic Shrimp and Berkley Gulp Saltwater Shrimp.

The Target Fish: Redfish, speckled trout, snook.

The Reason: The Manic shrimp looks more like a shrimp than a shrimp does! The Gulp Shrimp has been an incredible producer for years - for all fish species.

The Tip: Rig the Gulp Shrimp on a VMC Drop Shot hook 12 inches below a popping cork. Fish the edges of salt grass and shallow inshore channels.

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3  Destin, FL

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The Fishing Lures: Got-Cha Plug and Rapala Saltwater X-Rap.

The Target Fish: Speckled trout, redfish.

The Reason: Surf-casting in Destin can produce a number of fish species, and both the Got-Cha and Rapala jerkbaits are favorites.

The Tip: Follow the birds. Where there are birds, there are baitfish. Where there are baitfish, there are gamefish. Cast far, twitch often, and get ready for a big one.

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4   Harlingen, TX

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The Fishing Lures: MirrOlure Catch 2000 and Fishbites EZ Shrimp.

The Target Fish: Speckled trout, redfish.

The Reason: The classic MirrOlure is effective on all gamefish - the holograhic finishes are irresistible. Fishbites is a great addition to any presentation.

The Tip: Tip off a spoon with a chunk of Fishbites to improve catch rates. Or try it alone, weighted near the bottom in the surf.

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5   Macon, GA

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The Fishing Lures: Norman Lures Professional Edge DD22 Crankbait and Bass Pro Shops Stik-O worm.

The Target Fish: Largemouth bass.

The Reason: From the home-state of the world record largemouth come these two nearly infalible fishing lures. Both have been trusted producers for years.

The Tip: Dig the DD22 into the dirt in 8-12 feet of water, and you'll attract big bass from all around. Just rig the Stik-O worm any way you want. You can't fish it wrong.

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6   Bossier City, LA

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The Fishing Lures: Rapala Original Floating Minnow and Zoom Baby Brush Hog fishing lues.

The Target Fish: Largemouth bass

The Reason: The fertile lakes of Louisiana and east Texas are chock full of bass, and these tow superstar fishing lures are some of the best ways of catching them.

The Tip: Carolina-rig the Baby Brush Hog and hop it over points or down submerged roadways. Bass can't resist this weird little guy.

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