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Using Sonic Baitfish to Target Trout

Boost Your Catch Rate: Mastering Trout Fishing with the Versatile Sonic BaitFish Lure

The Sonic Baitfish in one of the most versatile fishing lures you can hook onto your line. Invented by one of the nation's top lure designers and venerable fisherman, Pete Rosko, this high-performance lure is loaded with action. What makes the Sonic Baitfish unique? The Sonic BaitFish can be cast, swam, jigged or trolled and features three attachment points, enabling flutter and vibration. It can be easily configured for one or two hooks as needed. 

These lures are designed to mimic the movement and appearance of small baitfish, which are a common prey for trout. Few lures, if any, provide this kind of versatility. It is worth noting that this lure is great all-round lure to bring out of your tacklebox when you're fishing largemouth bass, kokanee, salmon, walleye and panfish too.

Here are some tips on how to use a Sonic Baitfish lure to catch trout effectively:

Choose the Right Size and Color:

  • Select a Sonic Baitfish lure in a size and color that closely resembles the natural baitfish in the area where you are fishing. Opt for colors like silver, chartreuse, or natural patterns for clear water conditions, and colors like orange or gold for murky water. A 1/10 oz Sonic BaitFish is deadly in the shallower water. Opt for the larger size for fishing in deeper water.

Rig the Sonic Baitfish Lure:

  • Tie your Sonic Baitfish lure to the end of your fishing line using a secure knot, such as a clinch knot or improved clinch knot.
  • Consider tying direct to provide more natural movement to the lure.
  • Pro's recommend often fishing with 8 lb braided line, attached to the lure's nose with a single hook attached to its tail, the Sonic BaitFish cuts through the bottom weeds as it flutters, darts and flashes while being bounced along bottom with six inch lifts of a 6 ft "mag-light"spinning rod. This is a superior technique on shore, or in a boat, especially when casting to rocky shoals.

PRO TIP: Use a single hook to minimize snagging weeds.

Retrieval Techniques:

  • Cast your Sonic Baitfish lure upstream or across the current and allow it to drift naturally with the flow of the water.
  • Retrieve the lure with a steady, lifelike swimming motion, mimicking the movement of a baitfish. Vary your retrieval speed and pauses to imitate injured or fleeing prey.

PRO TIP: “If I’m casting to weed beds from shore in the evening,” Rosko says, “I use a constant slow retrieve to take advantage of the lure’s excellent swimming action. I may also use a slow retrieve with a subtle jigging action. This approach is very effective as long as you can see. Because of the small profile of the BaitFish, these techniques are not effective after dark.

Target Trout Holding Areas:

  • Focus on areas where trout are likely to be feeding, such as deep pools, eddies, riffles, and areas with structure like rocks and logs where trout can ambush their prey.
  • Pay attention to water temperature, current flow, and underwater features to locate prime trout habitat.

Use Light Tackle:

  • Match the size of your fishing rod, reel, and line to the weight and size of the Sonic Baitfish lure. Light tackle can enhance sensitivity and improve your ability to detect strikes. 

Remain Patient and Observant:

  • Watch for subtle strikes, line twitches, or changes in the lure's movement that indicate a trout has taken the bait.
  • Be ready to set the hook quickly but gently to secure the catch, as trout can have a delicate bite.

Experiment and Adapt:

  • Try fishing the Sonic Baitfish lure at different depths and speeds to find out what triggers the most strikes from trout.
  • Be willing to adjust your presentation, retrieve speed, and colors based on the behavior of the fish and the conditions of the water.

PRO TIPS: It doesn’t matter if you’re after salmon or trout, walleyes or bass---give those hummers something new to look at. And if they don’t respond to how you show it to them the first time around, try a different approach.

The Sonic BaitFish lets you do that over and again without ever having to tie a different another lure on your line.

Pete says fishing the 1/10th ounce or the 1/16th-ounce BaitFish in water less than 20-feet deep is his passion. He casts directly down current (not sideways) to maximize the feel of the lure’s action against the bottom structure around islands, rocky reefs and boulder strewn bays.

“I always,” he says, “use 6 to 8-pound braided line for this to maximize feel. Depending on my boat’s drift speed, I like to methodically jig-retrieve the lure through the structure---the slower the drift the slower I retrieve. The Sonic BaitFish usually won’t hang up because of its gliding swimming action.”

For deeper water and a faster drift Rosko casts the lure directly downstream. After the lure hits bottom, he bounces it back to the boat making sure he maintains bottom contact as he does. Most times he tips the BaitFish with a small piece of nightcrawler for scent.

“If I’m on a very slow or no drift at all,” Pete says, “I jig the lure vertically against bottom structure. In the blade bait version where my line is attached to the top of the back, adding bait is not necessary because the fish primarily react to the lure’s vibration and not the scent.”

“I cast,” he says, “parallel to the shoreline and then I retrieve the lure with rod manipulations much like that bass anglers use when ‘Walking the Dog’ with something like a Zara Spook.”

VIDEO: Learn how to vertical jig the Sonic Baithfish Lure:


By incorporating a Sonic Baitfish lure into your trout fishing tactics and following these tips, you can increase your chances of enticing trout to strike. We hope you land some monsters. Remember to stay observant, adapt to the unique conditions of the day, and most of all, enjoy the thrill of fishing for trout with this truly innovative lure. 🎣🌲🐟 #TroutFishing #SonicBaitfishLure #FishingTips

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