A lure is made to resemble a live bait. They are made of plastic or metal and are usually very colourful and shiny with the intent to appear attractive to the fishes. When a lure is tossed in the water and reeled in, it creates little erratic movements like aquatic creatures which the fish normally feed on. Fish like bass have the habit of striking strike hard and ferociously after a lure, whereas if you offer bait to them, they react passively. There are exceptions, though.
Advantages of Lures
- Lures aren’t as messy as baits
- Lures gut hook fewer fish (“Gut hooking” happens when the fish takes the hook in deep, or even completely swallows the hook!)
- Lures allow you to cover a larger water space, even from the shore or a pier.
- You can target the species efficiently with lures.
- Lures are easy to change out.
Disadvantages of Lures
- Lures can be expensive when compared to baits.
- Lures can be snagged on underwater obstacles or in trees.
Types of Lures
These are the most versatile lures which can be used to catch any game fish.
They have a weighted lead head, available in different sizes and can even be dressed (decorated with feathers, hair or plastic grub).
Jig fishing is done mostly by professionals since it requires a lot of concentration and skill.
After sinking the lure inside the water, reel the lure in a series of hops. This is a replication of the motion of fishes inside the water thus it attracts the predators or fishes to come have a bite.
This type of baits is made of plastic with an addition of scents, dyes and sometimes flakes. They are normally made to resemble small fishes or worms. Since these baits are soft, the fishes normally keep it in their mouth a little longer which give the anglers extra time to set the hook.
These lures are also called beginner lures. They are designed like a hook with a spinning blade. The hooks of spinners can either be dressed or left bare. When you reel the lure in, the blade starts to spin which creates sound and vibration. This method picks up fishes easily. These baits are ideal for murky waters. The spinners as rightfully called beginner lures because they are very simple to use.
Plugs are plastic baits which resemble fishes, frogs or other preys and usually sport two to three hooks. These baits come in all sizes and are designed to wobble, gurgle or rattle to replicate the movement of aquatic beings.
Spinner baits are baits which look like safety pins. They have a hook and are normally dressed in feathers and have two spinner like blades. These baits like spinners are easy to use where you just have to cast it out and simply reel it in moderate speed keeping in mind that the bait is under water preferably 5 feet below the surface!
These are curved metal lures which come in different sizes and colours like any other lures. Spoons are designed for specific reasons, some for casting, the others for trolling or jigging. These lures have a distinctive shape so make them move side to side in the water while reeling in. This side to side wobble mimics the movement of an injured bait fish.