While out fishing on a popular gulf coast pier, I've seen some people pull in fish left and right using only a crumpled soda can as a lure tied to a hook and line. Meanwhile, I was using normal bait and tackle and left empty-handed.

Is this soda can technique actually effective or is it just luck (combined with good fishing technique)?

  • Do you mean that they use the soda can to store the line?
    – Kenji
    Commented Dec 2, 2015 at 9:36
  • @Kenji no it was the lure Commented Dec 2, 2015 at 12:32
  • Wow. That is a new technique to me. Interesting.
    – Kenji
    Commented Dec 2, 2015 at 13:13
  • As with most fishing, I'm sure this depends entirely on the type of fish being targeted. Commented Dec 3, 2015 at 1:01

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Sure you can use anything as a bait really. Think of a crushed up can as a funky spinner (it's going to spin no matter what you do to it). It's shiny, flashy and moves erratically like an injured fish.

I have also seen lures made by folding bottle caps around a hook shank.

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