The Importance of Fishing Lures

Written by Weekend Angler on May 21st, 2009

If you want to succeed in your fishing ventures, you must have a very good way of attracting the type of fish you would like to catch. This is why there are very many types of fishing lures that you can use. In fact, many anglers show a lot of creativity as they design their own fishing lures.

Although there are very many types of lures, with even more variations among them, they all have one basic concept – the ability to attract fish. Although the fish are themselves very careful against being caught, many successful methods have been devised over the years. Flies form just one group of well known lures that have been around since time immemorial.

The basic concept behind anything used is that it must resemble something that the type of fish targeted enjoys to eat. Since there are very many species of fish, with different tastes, it is necessary to have a wide variety of lures as well. Let us take a look at some of the ones in common use.
Charlie Lure

  • Spoons: These derive their names from their shape, which resembles spoons. Now no fish is really attracted to kitchen spoons. However, when these things are underwater, they look like minnows, which are themselves often employed as live bait.
  • Plugs: These types of baits may take the shape of such things as minnows or crayfish. They usually have hooks in the middle and at one end, and are often between 1 and 8 inches long. Some models are designed to float over the water, hence being referred to as floaters.
  • Spinners: These baits are so designed as to spin while underwater. They usually have loops on both ends to attach hook and line respectively. The spinners are made of either colored or shiny materials, which sparkle as they spin.
  • Jigs: Although the term evokes the thought of dance, the only semblance of a dance is the wiggling of caught fish. Jigs do not look like live baits at all but they are still great at their work. They are basically blobs with eyes and hooks on opposite ends.

The trick to being successful with any fishing lure is knowing how to find the right lure for the type of fish you want to catch.

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