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5 Deep Sea Fishing Lures You Need To Be Using

These proven deep sea fishing lures are worth it; there are no more excuses if you’ve never used one.

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If artificials aren’t your thing, by all means, break out the chum buckets.

But if you’re looking to troll or find out what earned these lures decades of widespread use, give one of them a shot.

Chances are you’ve heard of them and their prowess, so if you’ve yet to try them, now’s the time to get your hands (and hooks) on one of these deep sea fishing lures.

1. Green Machine

Often duplicated, the original Green Machine came from Ed Martin of Newport Beach, California, who put a cone-shaped bullet trolling lure on the end of his line after gleaning inspiration from a narrow flower vase in his living room. The Green Machine’s clear head is molded around stacks of green beads, and the green skirt adds the final touch to a trolling lure made famous for its use 2,000 miles away on the opposite coast from its birthplace.

The idea was snagged by Seven Strand, a fishing company, and the lures became the next best thing. Now Green Machines are synonymous with east coast tuna and even the occasional marlin, and can be found in just about any fishing boat in the Mid-Atlantic.

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2. Wide Range

A favorite of Hawaiian fishing guides, the Wide Range is responsible for the 80-pound line class world record blue marlin, weighing in at a mind blowing 1,189 pounds. It has also helped claim records in Africa, Puerto Rico and Venezuela. The name comes from its performance in many different conditions, from different trolling speeds to rough waters.

Maybe it’s in the eyes, but the Wide Range is a pretty basic setup. It kick started the soft head movement, and if it’s big game fish you’re after, you could do a lot worse than a Wide Range.

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3. Salas Jig

The Salas Jig comes in a variety of colors and shapes, but the same general idea is carried throughout each one. Depending on your preference, you could go with the Infamous 7X and fish deep with some yo-yo action, or choose a lighter model and use it as a surface swimmer.

The Salas Jig comes in a variety of colors and shapes, but the same general idea is carried throughout each one. Depending on your preference, you could go with the Infamous 7X and fish deep with some yo-yo action, or choose a lighter model and use it as a surface swimmer.

They’re great for yellowtail, seabass, barracuda, marlin and more. You’ll have fun picking your colors, with names like “Nacho Green,” “Senorita,” “Scrambled Egg” and “Mint Sardine.” Just choose wisely, based on the fish you’re after of course.

Image via Salas Lures

4. Cedar Plug

If you’re looking for the all-time heavyweight champion of the tuna fishing world, look no further than the Cedar Plug. The design is a century old, and it’s still around for good reason. The simple shape is rigged by running a leader through the body and crimping on the hook, the majority of which is tucked inside.

Singles or daisy lines trolled around 7 knots will start a pretty impressive action, driving the tuna wild and keeping your arms tired for the rest of the day.

Image via Daybreak Fishing

5. Dolphin Delight

The name is no joke. These have been favorites of dolphin anglers for a long time and they provide a lot of versatility. A leaded head combined with a rubber skirt attracts the biggest of the bigs, and can be sight casted when needed.

It’s easily one of the best deep sea lures for a specific species, and it can be attacked by others when you least expect it. Not as versatile but just as effective, the Dolphin Delight will keep an angler busy for hours.

Image via WestMarine.com

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