Common Fish Species For Saltwater Lure Fishing

Common Fish Species For Saltwater Lure Fishing

Some people like saltwater lure fishing, fishing in the sea is more interesting and more challenge. The weather, the ocean current, the wind and so on, can influence the lure fishing. Also the ocean fish is more aggressive, let learn some sea lure fishing fish species below.

Sea Bass: is a common fish name. Many fish species of various families have been called sea bass. As the freshwater bass, see bass is the most popular lure fishing species too.
  • Black Sea Bass: as the name, it’s color is a bit of black. They can be found in inshore waters (bays and sounds) and offshore in waters up to a depth of 130 m (430 ft).

Black Sea Bass

  • Rock Sea Bass: color olive-brown or bronze, with dark blotches forming vertical bars, Dark black blotch on middle of dorsal fin base. Are found offshore often on sandy or muddy bottoms.
  • Striped Bass(Striper): are quick powerful fish with silvery sides and white belly. They have seven or eight black stripes along the sides. Stripes are absent on young fish of less than six inches.


Lures suit for sea bass: to catch sea bass you can try diamond jigs, minnows, spoon lures, plastic shads, swimbaits. If you have other ideas tell us.

Bluefish: is a moderately proportioned fish, with a broad, forked tail. The spiny first dorsal fin is normally folded back in a groove, as are its pectoral fins. Is commonly caught by shoreline anglers from beaches, piers and jetties.


Lures suit for bluefish: for bluefish you may try popper, minnows, pencil lures, especially topwaters.

Bonefish: The color of bonefish can range from very silver sides and slight darker backs to olive green backs that blend to the silver side. Slight shading on the scales often lead to very soft subtle lines that run the flank of the fish from the gills to the tail. The bases of the pectoral fins are sometimes yellow. It lives in inshore tropical waters and moves onto shallow mudflats to feed with the incoming tide.


Lures suit for sea bonefish: to catch bone fish you can use jigs with plastic tails, bucktail jig, spoons, plastic shrimps. If you are not a purist and want to increase your chances you can tip your jig with a bit of shrimp or conch or squid or whatever is around.

Cobia: the cobia has an elongated fusiform (spindle-shaped) body and a broad, flattened head. The eyes are small and the lower jaw projects slightly past the upper. Fibrous villiform teeth line the jaws, the tongue, and the roof of the mouth. The body of the fish is smooth with small scales. It is dark brown in color, grading to white on the belly with two darker brown horizontal bands on the flanks.


Lures suit for cobia: to catch cobia you can try soft plastics, bucktail jigs, spoons and swimming plugs. Also you may try flies with fly tackles.

Tunas: the tuna is a sleek and streamlined fish, adapted for speed. It has two closely spaced dorsal fins on its back; The first is "depressible" – it can be laid down, flush, in a groove that runs along its back. Found in warm seas, it is extensively fished commercially, and is popular as a game fish.


  • Albacore Tuna
  • Atlantic Bluefin Tuna
  • Skipjack Tuna
  • Yellowfin Tuna
  • Bigeye Tuna

Lures suit for tunas: the best lures for tunas are metal jigs, poppers, plastic worms. Also you can choose other lures follow in the weather and water color.

Mackerels: typically have vertical stripes on their backs and deeply forked tails. Many species are restricted in their distribution ranges, and live in separate populations or fish stocks based on geography. Over 30 different species.


Lures suit for mackerels: the top lures for mackerels are metal spinning lures, deep divers, surface lures including poppers and some trolling lures, spoons also a good choice.

Red Drum: also named redfish, are a dark red color on the back, which fades into white on the belly. The red drum has a characteristic eyespot near the tail and is somewhat streamlined.

Red Drum

Lures suit for red drum: a topwater, swimbaits, spoon , jerkbait & minnows or rigged shrimp are work well in catching Redfish.

American Shad: Green or greenish-blue back with a metallic luster, silvery sides and white belly (colors darken when fish enters freshwater). Occur from rivers to offshore waters.

American Shad

Lures suit for American shad: to catch American shad you can use spoons, plastic lures with jig head, jigs. Also you may try fly fishing.

Snappers: are managed differently in the Gulf versus the Atlantic and in state versus federal waters. Has many species.

  • Blackfin Snapper: is a species of snapper native to the western Atlantic Ocean including the Gulf of Mexico and the Caribbean Sea. It is a commercially important species, though it has been reported to carry the ciguatera toxin.

blackfin snapper

  • Red Snapper: Red snapper are long-lived, early-maturing reef fish that are broadly distributed in the Gulf of Mexico.

Red Snapper

Lures suit for snappers: vertical jigs, spoons, soft plastics shrimp or squid are work well it catch snappers, as the snappers have too many types you can also try some other lures.

Note: All the introduce of the fish species are from Wikipedia, for details please check there.

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