Fishing lures

LET’S TALK ARTIFICIAL VS NATURAL BAITS

Whether you prefer using live baits or artificial fishing lures and baits, there’s always something to talk about. Some anglers swear by artificial baits and others swear by live bait only. And there are those who like to use a mix of both. Personally, I am all up for using both. There are lots of good reasons to choose both instead of choosing one side of the fence.

When it comes to live baits, they are great as long as you can get them locally and close to where you are fishing. The common earthworm is a universal bait that almost every freshwater fish will take. Grubs are another excellent bait, not to mention a whole host of insects including grasshoppers, bees, snails, small frogs, crabs and even maggots.

AN INTRODUCTION TO ARTIFICIAL BAITS AND LURES

Artificial baits and lures are so readily available and so cost-effective, it’s hard not to get interested in using them. They come in a whole host of sizes with features designed to attract fish. They vary in colour, flash, shape, the way they move and the sounds they make. A reliable retailer won’t stock fishing lures that don’t work. I always follow what brands and models consistently sell over the years. That’s the thing about fishing lures, the brands that know how to make them have been around for some time. Following the brands that have proven their salt is simply the best way to go.

I like to carry a range of lures to cover all 3 zones of the water column. That means I’ve got lures for the surface, just below the surface and the bottom. It’s worth having lures specific for each zone and species, and also where you are fishing and where the fish are feeding.

There are literally thousands of artificial fishing lures on the market, however, fishing lures roughly fall into 7 basic categories including, crankbaits, spoons, jigs, spinners, plugs, poppers and flies. This is a very rough guide because there are so many types and so many descriptions, it is easy to get into a heavily debated discussion.

My descriptions here are designed for someone just getting into fishing lures and is a general guide only. You can spend a lifetime getting your fishing lure degree if you want.

• Crankbaits are designed to look like small fish and are usually classified into surface, medium and deep diving lures. You work crankbaits by casting and reeling them in.

• Plugs are a type of fishing lure that mimic small fish and come in a variety of shapes and sizes with different actions to mimic the way that those small fish behave and attract fish.

Poppers are designed to mimic bugs floating on the surface of the water. They are called poppers because they make a sound that attracts fish when they are jerked.

Spinners have small blades designed to spin and flash as you reel them in. They attract fish by the motions and sounds they make as they are retrieved through the water.

• Now a jig is simply a small hook with a lead ball near the eye of the hook. Jig heads often have extra features including artificial eyes and legs.

• Flies are designed to mimic land and water insects and other prey that are commonly found in Trout streams. Fly fishing lures are extremely lightweight compared with all other fishing lures. You’ll need to practice casting them to get any good at it.

• Spoons are a type of fishing lure that look something like a teaspoon and are designed to mimic minnows. They flash and dark about when reeled in.

Okay, so there you have it, my introduction to the world of artificial lures. Like I said, the discussion on lures can go on forever. The best thing about them is there is always another lure to try. Recently I’ve been having a lot of success with soft crab lures. All I can say is give them a try.

 


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Robert M Davies
rob.m@dinga.com.au

Robert passed the "Obsessed With Fishing Test" with flying colours. Instead of talking, Robert has turned his hand to writing about his experience in fishing all around Australia.