I wonder how these “inline” style sea trout lures (sandeel lookalikes) might work for our bass?

Whilst I have never actually fished for sea trout in the sea, I am aware of how in some countries such as Denmark and parts of Sweden, coastal based lure and fly fishing for these awesome fish is a serious, serious thing. It seems to be the case that a number of their lures are designed to imitate sandeels, and I can’t help wondering if some of them might be worth a go for our bass which of course rather like to chow down on sandeels……..

My limited understanding of these inline style lures (line through?) is that by having the hook attached directly to the leader rather than the lure (which can slide up and down the leader), the chance of a jumping sea trout throwing the hook is lessened - they are a fish that are well known for unhooking themselves during the fight, and via some magazine work I did a few years ago now, I remember these fish being referred to as a “fish of a thousand casts”, as in it’s not remotely easy to catch big sea trout from the shore on lure and fly gear. Holy cow I’d like to catch or indeed see a big sea trout from the shore on lure gear though!

Anyway, whilst the inline (or line through) principle doesn’t strike me as necessary for bass fishing, I am liking how some of these sea trout lures are some mighty fine sandeel imitations, and I also really like how some of these lures are obviously designed to cover a lot of water and punch really well into headwinds. Do I need another sandeel imitation lure? Quite possibly not, but I am increasingly comfortable with hard lures that don’t actually do a whole heap in the water (to me there’s a connection between these simple lures and the needlefish lures that we seem to be hearing more about), and I am always drawn to lures that will help me cover more water - so in some ways, yes, I like the idea of a sandeel imitation lure that doesn’t cost a bomb and will absolutely fly out there. I can’t tell you if any of the lures here are going to catch bass, but I will certainly be giving these ones a bit of a go this year. Yep, damn right, I love trying stuff out and seeing if it works………...

Westin Sommet 28g

Westin Sommet 28g

Westin Sommet 28g - so damn simple, kinda like a metal spinner sort of sandeel. I am sure it will work by simply whacking it out and winding it back in, but I wonder as well if it can be used as a kind of casting jig in the surf, and then out on the rocks for pollack? I’ve never seen any Westin lures before, but they seem to do some interesting stuff that must surely cross over into our bass fishing.

Savage Gear Line-Thru Sandeel (15cm, 27g)

Savage Gear Line-Thru Sandeel (15cm, 27g)

Savage Gear Line-Thru Sandeel (12.5cm, 19g)

Savage Gear Line-Thru Sandeel (12.5cm, 19g)

Savage Gear Line-Thru Sandeel - brand new on the market and they look incredible. They both fly, but wow could I get the smaller 12.5cm/19g version moving fast on the cast, and it absolutely frigging flew out there. Looks wonderfully realistic.

Westin D360 Distance 28g

Westin D360 Distance 28g

Westin D360 Distance - OK, so it’s not exactly a sandeel imitation, but I kinda like the look of this inline casting jig for want of a better term, and as per a simple spinner, I see no reason why it won’t work just like that as well. What, a metal spinner in a lure box? Damn right!

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