Lures and Techniques for Fishing in the Lake

The plastic worm is one of the favorites to fish for Largemouth Bass. A plumb bob is used with the 1/8 or 1/4 ounce bullet-shaped plastic worm, a number 2/0, 3/0 or 4/0 hook is used. Its effectiveness depends on the ability of the fisherman to move it in a way that simulates being alive, it moves slowly at the bottom of the Lake and the River along the shore.

The Rapala (Shad) deep, is my favorite lure, trolling my boat slowly, dragging it about 100 feet behind the boat, with 12 lbs nylon. The use of a commercial attractant with the smell of shad (freshwater sardine) help in fishing with this lure.

The Rattle Trap and the Sardine (flat) are lures that use sound to attract fish. These lures use steel bowls in a special chamber to attract the attention of the fish. Sometimes these lures are very effective. These are used by trolling the boat or throwing them off the shore.

All the lures in the photo are good for fishing Largemouth Bass, Tucunaré, Big Tilapia and Big Chopa, plastic worms are more effective for Largemouth Bass and Tucunaré.

For Barbudos, fresh or live bait is better. Live worms, live fish, chicken liver and land snails.

Live fish such as the Swordfish found in the creeks and the Freshwater Sardines of the lake, small Tilapia are good live bait for all the fish in the lake and the river. They are used with a small hook in the beak or back of the little fish to keep it alive and are pulled without a plumb line with an 8-pound nylon. 20 feet from the shore.

One of the world's favorites to fish in the lake and rivers is the White Plume, it is effective for Largemouth Bass, Tunucaré, Tilapia, Chopa and other fish. It is pulled from the edge with an 8 lb. nylon. and one jumps (little halons) to the pen while one brings it. Plastic nibs are effective too, they are used in the same way as the regular nib.

The other lures (Poppers) and Torpedoes are surface lures, they also make noise to attract fish. The elbow Rapala makes a lot of movement to attract large fish. These lures with small halons are used to simulate an injured fish.

Platinum is also very effective in the lake and the river when there is a lot of sun, the brightness it produces attracts fish such as Largemouth Bass, Tucunaré, Tiaplia and Chopas.


A small hook will fish more than a large one. If the hook is very large, it will not fit in the fish's mouth.

Keep in mind when using bait, that the fish are eating, a lot of rain releases earthworms through the creeks; find a good creek and use live or plastic worms. Observe the activity of the fish, to see that they are eating and use a lure similar to what they eat.

When there is a freshwater sardine spot and the fish are jumping, use a lure that looks like a freshwater sardine or use white nibs. Throw it in the middle of the spot using small halons to simulate an injured fish.

The best color for fresh water is white or silver, yellow is good for salt water.

You can use a long bamboo, with a small white nib along the edge to catch small fish. These small fish can serve as live bait. Use a 9 foot bamboo and drag the nib along the shore by walking, about 2 feet deep.