Fishing can be a rewarding and fulfilling pastime. It’s important to have the right gear to get the most out of your experience. Using species specific tackle is one way to increase your chances of success and make your time on the water more enjoyable. In this article, we’ll explore the benefits of using fishing tackle that is tailored to specific species, and provide tips on how to choose the right gear for your target fish.

What is Species-Specific Tackle?

Species-specific tackle is fishing gear that is designed to target a specific type of fish. it can even mean a specific species in specific conditions. For example, a soft plastic lure that is designed for Australian Bass fishing will be different from one that is designed for Trout fishing. To go even further down that path a crab lure to target Australian Bass in tidal brackish water would be an example. Line, reel, and lures used will all be tailored to the specific needs of the target species.

Why is Species-Specific Tackle Important?

Using species-specific tackle is important for a number of reasons. Here are a few of the main benefits:

  • Increased chances of success: When you use tackle that is designed for a specific species, you’ll be more likely to attract and catch that fish.
  • Improved efficiency: Species-specific tackle is designed to be more efficient. This means you’ll be able to cover more ground and catch more fish in less time.
  • Better control: Using the right tackle can give you more control over your catch, making it easier to reel in and land the fish.

How to Choose the Right Tackle for Your Target Species

Choosing the right tackle for your target species can be a bit difficult if you’re new to fishing. Here are a few tips to help you get started:

  1. Research your target species: Before you head out on the water do some research on the type of fish you’ll be targeting. Learn about their habitat, feeding habits, and preferred lures.
  2. Consider the fishing environment: The type of water you’ll be fishing in will also impact the type of tackle you should use. For example, if you’re fishing in a river with fast-moving current you’ll want to drift a crab lure past structure. In the estuary and sand flats you will want to cast and retrieve a certain way. You are giving the lures action both ways but not the same way.
  3. Seek advice from local fishos: If you’re not sure what type of tackle to use look through our articles and consider talking to local fishos. They can provide you with valuable advice and recommendations based on their experience. Plus, you might make some new friends. You can even send us a message with your questions.

Common Types of Species-Specific Tackle

There are many different types of species-specific tackle available on the market. Here are a few common examples:

  1. Soft Plastics: These are versatile fishing lures that are suitable for a wide range of species. Soft plastics are super for Bass, Trout, and Bream. Some lures are good for multiple lures, especially ReproBait’s lures which we test just for that purpose.
  2. Hardbody Lures: These are used for larger species. Australian Bass, Bream, and Cod as well as Flathead will take hardbody lures like vibes. They are more noticeable to fish but also require a small amount more skill to use.
  3. Slice Jigs: Slice jigs are used for catching Kingfish, Snapper, Bonito, and many bottom dwelling fish. They are not quite as versatile as soft plastics or vibes but can be very effective in the right conditions. Bottom bashing and casting to schooling fish are perfect uses for metal slice jigs, also called spoons.


Q: Can I use the same tackle for different species? A: Some types of tackle are versatile and can be used for multiple species but it’s generally best to use species-specific tackle for the best results. ReproBaits Tackle tries to ensure that our lures work in a variety of conditions and on a variety of species. Our lures can be used for multiple species and even freshwater and saltwater.

Q: Is species-specific tackle more expensive? A: It can be but it’s also possible to find affordable species-specific tackle (ReproBaits wink wink nudge nudge). Keep in mind that investing in the right gear the first time can pay off in the long run. It can improve your chances of a successful catch and make your fishing experience more enjoyable.

Q: Do I need to have different tackle for different sizes of the same species? A: Yes, and no. This one isn’t such a straightforward answer. Smaller lures you would think would catch smaller fish. For the most part that might be right. However, sometime fish will only want a particular lure or bait in a particular size. Small baits can outperform larger baits especially when conditions are bad or the bite is slow.

Q: What’s the best way to learn how to use species-specific tackle? A: The best way to learn how to use species-specific tackle is to practice! Spend some time on the water experimenting. Try different lures and techniques until you find what works best for you and the species you’re targeting. Fishing is one of those pastimes you learn from your mistakes and successes (as well as others around you, hopefully).


Using species-specific tackle is a great way to improve your chances of a successful catch. Make your time on the water more enjoyable. By doing your research and choosing the right gear for your target species and fishing environment you can increase your efficiency. You will also gain more control and overall fishing experience. The more confident you are the more fish you will catch as well. It’s an investment inboth time and money that can pay off in the long run.