Choosing a Lure

As you understand more about the environment fish live in and how they behave, you will learn which fishing bait or lure is best for specific fish during different seasons of the year. Here are some examples to help you get started

Fishing Jigs
Fishing jigs have weighted metal heads and a tail made of animal hair, soft plastic, feathers or rubber. Anglers sometimes add a minnow or piece of pork rind to the fishing jig’s hook. Fishing jigs can be used to catch nearly every kind of freshwater and many saltwater fish.

Poppers are small fishing lures used with spin-casting tackle. These fishing baits are very good for pan fish and other fish that feed on the surface such as trout and bass. Poppers get their action from a cupped face carved or molded into the front of the lure body.

Spoons are metal lures designed to mimic the action of a swimming baitfish or minnow. They’re one of the most popular of all fishing lures because they’re easy to use and are versatile. Depending on where and how you’re fishing, you’ll want the right spoon – casting, weedless (or topwater), jigging or trolling spoons. Different spoons have different actions. And there are a variety of colors depending on the type of water and species you’re fishing. Ask your tackle shop which ones you need.

Plugs have a plastic or wood body and are designed to be used on top of the water or at depths below the surface. Topwater or floating plugs are designed to float on the surface. Diving plugs have plastic or metal lips so they will dive to a certain depth. These diving plugs are often called crankbaits because they are often used with bait casting reels that operate like a crank.

Spinners have one or more blades that spin, or revolve, around a straight wire shaft. Some spinners have tails made of soft plastic or animal hair.

Plastic Baits
Soft-plastic worms, minnows and crayfish are available in many sizes and colors. You can use them with or without a weight. Sometimes, plastic fishing baits are used with a jig head, spinner or spinner bait. Some plastic baits have a scent built into them that is attractive to fish.

Spinner baits
Spinner baits are lures with one or more blades that spin around a safety pin-type shaft. Most spinner baits have skirts made from animal hair, vinyl, rubber or other materials.

Surface Fishing Lures
Surface fishing lures are made to imitate things like mice, lizards, frogs, larger crawling insects and smaller injured fish. Surface fishing lures usually have a solid body made out of wood or plastic, carry one or two treble hooks and have an eyelet at the front to attach your fishing line.

• Waddlers get their action from a scooped metal dish attached to the front of the lure body.

 Fizzers get their action from the angler and from one or more blades attached to the lure body.  Fizzers get their name from the fizzing noise they create that imitates the buzzing wings of a drowning       insect or a freaked-out rodent.

Catching a fish with a surface lure can be a real rush. Sizeable fish can create quite an explosion when they hit the bait.

Blade Fishing Lures
Blade fishing lures are a weighted, fish-shaped blade made with a swinging hook and designed for fishing in deep water.

Buzz Fishing Lures
These are safety-pin lures for surface fishing that have a propeller blade on one piece of wire and a weighted body, skirt and hook on the other.

Crank Lures
A crank lure – more commonly known as a crankbait – is a fish-like hard lure or plug designed to swim under the surface, often made of plastic or wood. Some are combined with replaceable soft plastic tails.

Tube Lures
Made of soft plastic, these tubular lures are fished with special weighted hooks inserted into the hollow body.

Vibrating Lures
Oh, the wonderful world of technology. A vibrating lure contains a tiny motor that sends out a sound-producing vibration to attract fish. The lure body simulates a living creature. A programmed microprocessor is used to randomly operate the motor.

The Wacky Rig
Fishing the wacky rig is simple and can be done by virtually anyone. It is a very effective way to catch fish and quality ones at that! With you being able to keep the bait in the strike zone longer, the fish are sure to hit your bait!

Once you cast out your bait, the falling action of the bait is unbelievable and the flutter of it just triggers the fish alone, not to mention your retrieval action you will create! once your bait hits bottom, reel in the slack and pop up your bait with a few quick short upward flicks of your rod. Make sure not to do big jerks, you only want quick short flicks, mostly created with your wrist. After a few flicks, begin to let your line fall back down and reel in the slack again and repeat. The Fish will generally ambush your bait on  the fall, and you may not even feel it at some time, so remember to keep a good eye on your high visability line!

There are many other techniques to fish this rig and you will come across some more as you begin to get used to the bait. This bait is good all year long for me and I always seem to catch a decent fish on it!

So go down to your local tackle dealer and go get some gear to begin wacky rigging!

There are many different types of lures out there and once you find the one that works… your more than likely to stick with it. Hopefully this information will assist you in making your selection.