This past summer, we took our 63-foot Merritt Saranita to the eastern Atlantic with the help of Sevenstar Yacht Transport to fish Madeira and the southern coast of Portugal. I had the good fortune to fish with several great lure fishermen on our deck, including my crewman Bo Jenyns and Kona deckhands David Borges and Kyle Vannatta, who were fishing with Capt. Matt Bowman on Tracy Melton's Grander and fish with Nakamaru in Kona. The neat thing about fishing a place like Madeira is there are only a few boats, and everyone works together to find the fish while also spending time discussing lures, rigs and techniques openly with each other. Over the course of the summer, Capt. Frothy de Silva, Jenyns, Bowman, Borges and I had several conversations about lures — and hook-sets in particular. Lure selection, position and how they are rigged and balanced are all important parts of the equation for success. Different shapes and sizes of lures run best when matched to sea condition, position in the spread and considering what bait is in the area, so you can do your best to "match the hatch.