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Fishing Lures, Spinners and Spinnerbaits

Lures, Spinners and Spinnerbaits

Fishing Lurs

, Spinners

One time for substantive work I had to go into the library of the patent literature. Since I was interested in also new ideas from the amateur fishing in the first place - by spinning baits, I was hoping to draw something useful from an impressive collection of fishing patents. However, the overall impression was initially disappointing. The vast majority of inventions could only entertain feelings of their authors - and nothing more. All formal signs "nature of novelty" in the proposals were there, but the effectiveness of the radical differences that should have been, on a plan of the inventor, to make an offer to them lure more catchability, is in serious doubt. However, with adequate advertising support, you can choose any patents on fishing lures, to establish mass production, played on the television spectacular movie - and, apparently, it's done! There will be only one thing - a biting fish ...

World spinning lures are extremely diverse. and aggressive advertising only brings confusion in the minds anglers. When you are told undeniable and absolute superiority of some baits, hard to maintain an objective attitude towards others. As a consequence, disturbed idea of an integrated system, equal component parts which are all spinning lures of all major kinds, whether the rotating and oscillating spinners, wobblers, foam, rubber, or something else. It so happened that some types of lures are known, we have more, others - less. So today we'll talk about a very unusual class of spinning lures, called jig-spinner.

So, what is a jig-spinner? "Spinner" name spinner, or a separate tab. Therefore, the jig-spinner - is spinning lure with a rotating petal and podgruzku at the front, designed for non-uniform (mostly speed) wiring. It is important that the lobe rotates at any stage of its movement - both in the horizontal and the vertical or inclined. Simple "spinner" (type "Aglia" or "Sonet") - we call it the "horizontal" - works only on a uniform or nearly uniform reeling.

There are four fundamentally different types of jig-spinners: spinner with sinker-head, spinner-bait, Buzz Bait, Tail spinner. Let's start with the first - the most famous of them.



Creek Chub Wooden Pikie

Anglers who are looking to add a new large wooden lure to their arsenal should consider the Creek Chub Wooden Pikie. The Wooden Pikie is 8 inches long and swims with a rolling wobble. Creek Chub has been manufacturing lures since 1906, and their parent company, Pradco, also produces more familiar brands like Bomber and Yum. The color shown here is a chartreuse spotted yellow. The I'ikie is available in 7 colors altogether, including black/purple, baby striper, and red head/white body,

On them you can read in the old Soviet books on spinning and more than half a century ago. In those years, features a weight-head was to ensure the desired casting distance, as if caught mainly inertial reels with a thick fishing line, and send light (no more than 10 grams) lures a suitable distance away it was only possible with additional weights, as is advocated and just prior to her head. Effect of a weight-head in the game and to nibble considered unambiguously negative.

In the late 70's I fished mostly in makeshift turntables. Homemade - for the simple reason that to get really high-quality spinner in some other way than how to make her own hands, mere mortals did not shine. Is that offered by domestic trade network, even more inspired by home-based work. Through trial and error I managed to identify the main points that define the work of rotating spinners and their attractiveness to predatory fish. And since then he caught on homemade chub and perch on the Oka River in the ponds than in recent years.

The only thing I treated then with a large grain of salt - it is just a jig-head. Borrowed in one of the books about them a false representation has played a role: I was convinced that the head affects the rotation of the lobe and wary fish. If in such a spoon idling out the predator, it seemed to me that it discourages it was Georgia-head. There are, however, tested rule - spoon catchability as much as you believe in it, and in this case, it worked a hundred percent. True, this happened much later - when seriously interested in fishing on the jig-bait.

Somehow in the middle of September the two of us and a friend were caught perch in the pond in the Domodedovo district of Moscow region: I - a simple turntables, Alexei - to the same, but with a 10-gram screws. Eventually, I caught a dozen "tails", and he - twice as many. And, as it soon became clear, the difference in catches was not accidental. Alex after two bites immediately after casting (in immersion) switched to harness the long and slow step. From the stepwise wiring, which we catch in the foam, it features a large number (not 2-4, and 6-7) turns the coil between the pauses and slower speed winding. Bites were distributed as follows: 2 / 3 - by immersion, 1 / 3 - by reeling. Petal moved on immersion in what I have seen. Perch like no other respects the turntables. On the other hand, as the cooling water (and September in that year was colder than usual), he responds better to the vertical movement of the bait. Properly layed turntables with sinker-head - a "two-in-one, and against such a bait fall Okun very hard to resist.

If you are familiar with the range of products the main producers of rotating spinners, you have an idea of what "Lusox", "Elva", "Ondex" etc. - it's a small lead-head, impressive size petal, no podgruzki him and tail (and often "osherstenny) tee. All these features are "decks" with a head have their own motivation, but the scope of these spinners are not limitless, and with the understanding that is why you need to easily create their equivalents, adapted to a variety of conditions.

The fact that "Lusox", like most others in its original form is difficult to fully assume full jig-spinner, as the light head coupled with more petals do not provide a proper game during a stop winding - rotate the petal languid and does not differ regularity. "Lusox", for all its virtues - it's still a much greater degree horizontal spoon rather than a jig-bait. You can, however, combine, combining baits of different sizes and heads of different weights. If the spinners "Lusox" four numbers to choose the minimum (zero), and four standard heads Mepps - the heaviest (13 g), then this combination will have a more workable, but still far from ideal jig-turntables. The resulting spoon is suitable for fishing in calm water at depths of up to four meters. If the depth is greater than or there is a significant current, or need a long-range casting, jig-spinner should have a more severe head and petal smaller and different than a "Lusox", geometry.

Consider everything in order. Let's start with a weight-head. First, the head attached to the spoon and Mepps Rublex (their weight from 4 to 13 g) make these baits more "long-range" and a little deeper (than similar baits without head), but - more per uniform wiring. In our case, the spinner must certainly possess the properties of a jig-spinner, working weight range from 10 to 35 g, ie the head should be about three times heavier.

Regarding the form of a weight-head, then, in my opinion, it should not be too tricky. Dramatically eccentric geometry of the head (especially in "Morrum"), prevents the transmission of rotation from a petal on a scaffold, is important, again with light heads and large petals. I often use this as a heavy lead ball from the center of gravity on the line fishing line (pic 2), and due to the large moment of inertia of the ball and the smaller lobe rotation on a fishing line is practically not transmitted. Big Head angular shape creates when posting strong turbulence, which will impede the full rotation of the tiny petals, and therefore preferred weights streamlined geometry (sphere, lentils, etc.).

Method of mounting heads to lure must meet three conditions: the possibility of a quick release and replacement, no negative impact on the game and at least overlaps the tee at the line when casting.

At the time, I described is ideal for catching walleye turntables mounted on a rigid bar, which includes the head and leaving the leash. Now I want to clarify: this kind of baits can be considered ideal for horizontal wiring, and speed, it is easy to understand, will not play. In the jig-turntables or between the spoon and sinker, or between the sinker and leash (or both) must be articulated (moving) connection. However, given too much freedom here does not imply otherwise tee will often overlapped with a throw. Most American petal spinners mounted on rigidly soldered to the head of the rod (pic. 3).

For more reliable jig-game turntables on the immersion is necessary not only to weight "head", but also facilitate the "tail". If you try to go for the easiest way to collect and jig-spinner, adding a sinker-head to the usual lures, which are used to catch separately - for example, "Aglia Long", is not likely to achieve its goals. Almost all of the horizontal spinners have a brass or lead sinker on the rod by petal. It's the will in our case, a nuisance, since by immersing it "wants" to sink faster than running in front of him a sinker-head and petal, and thus confuses the rotation. You can, of course, the more heavier the head, and then loaded onto a rod spinner does not interfere with the game, but not always so acceptable. It would be better if you use those spoon that comes without heads, but structurally suitable for use in conjunction with the head - just like a jig-spinners. Suffice it to mention "Ondex" from among the spinners firm Rublex or "Winner" Mepps, which instead of a weight on the rod - a plastic tube or a spiral of thin wire. All of these "decks" has also feathering on the hook, but not so much to excite the appetite of fish, how to maintain a "tail" baits - the hair on the tee sails in the water, and spoon in any wiring is the optimum position.

Frankly, I'm mounting jig-spinners such construction rarely use ready-spinner. Improvised work is not worse, but something even better. We will focus on the petals apart, and while a few words about the feathers on the tee - more precisely, about what I was sometimes replaced. Instead of fur and feathers, I fixed on the forearm foam ball. It performs two functions: first - all the same to maintain the "tail", with a foam is obtained, since it partially retains the air and therefore has a certain buoyancy.

A similar principle is widely used by several American companies that produce hollow silicone-bait. They desired properties are achieved because of the twin sting adjacent to the soft body lures, and hook it onto the snag is difficult even if you wish. Foam was, in my opinion, more suitable for this role than silicone. At first I was on this principle did foam fish, then found the use of the same ideas in other baits.

On jig-turntables, you can simply place a naked or feathered tee to mount a small foam fish in the double, but more often I stop with the ball - as a minimum piece of foam rubber. It is important to provide for easy replacement of the tee with foam, as this material survival is no different, and after one or two bites schuchih ball are torn to shreds.

Tee for the jig-turntables must be chosen large size and strength than the spoon with the same leaf, but without a weight-head. This is understandable - if the horizontal "Aglia" N2, we usually catch perch-travyanika, the jig-jig with exactly the same lobe is aimed at a depth of predators, which are bigger and stronger.

Now about the most, perhaps, important - of the petal. For those who prefer spinners (and most importantly, understands the intricacies of catching them), perfectly represents how much ultimately depends on the petals. In horizontal spinners used a variety of petals, whereas in the jig decks - mainly those that have a high resistance. The minimum experience with turntables, to understand what baits to different lobes of approximately the same size can differ from one another in the resistance when reeling. Generally speaking, broad petal gives more resistance than a narrow one. So, for example, the narrow lobe, which also lies on the surface of the cone (I recommend it to catch on horizontal spinners on the course), if and will fit for a jig-spinner, then among the latter. As well as, incidentally, petal spinners "Lusox", giving a very slight drag.

If we talk about the spoon, well known in our country, then jig-"turntables," not just for spinners with sinker-head, which is referred to in the moment, but also for those which will be discussed below, are better than others suitable petals "Comet", "Effzett" DAM, "Super Vibrax", "Celta", a is also very popular in America, "Indiana" and "Colorado".


The existence of this type of jig-"decks" for many of us is a mystery - some of them have already appeared on store shelves. If you have a catalog of one or two of producing spinners firms will almost certainly pay attention to the spinner-baits - if only because they have nothing else do not like. However, in contrast to the spinners with the sinker-head, the actual rating of their popularity in our country today is not much left of zero. The reason must be sought in the two barriers - economic and psychological, as well as lack of proper compliance with the U.S. selling Spinner Bait conditions of our waters.

Spinner bait, especially wearing a "skirt" of the natural rubber is sold for twice the normal horizontal jig. But it's not the point. Perhaps, many have tried to imagine how the fish takes this two-story cross between a spoon with a bulky jig-head and concluded that at this (pic. 4) is able to pick just completely mad predator ...

To convince you otherwise, I'll start with the historical and linguistic digression. English words "spinnerbait" consists of two parts - "spinner", the meaning of which we have already said, and "bait", which translates as "bait." If we try to do a reverse translation of the Russian word "bait" in English, something other than that we get one more option - "lure". The difference is that the bait more often applied to natural baits, while the lure - almost always artificial.

When fifty years ago, the spinner-baits were formed as a separate class of spinning lures, they are entirely true to its name, because instead of the current "condition" on the head with a hook stick a dead fish. Rotary lobe had its vibration to attract a predator at large distances, but on the near approaches included in the work podsazhennaya fish, the flavor that does not give grounds to doubt the edible bait.

Actually, now the original spinner-bait has not lost its effectiveness, but some time in the spinning There is a clear trend: natural baits are used more rarely, man - all the more. That is why the current and spinner-bait though and kept its former name, is a rare exception, an artificial lure.

In Europe, the spinner-bait came after acclimatization in several countries (Italy, Spain, France), American bass - bass. Because in America, in most cases, spinner-baits are focused on catching this particular fish, they are in the Old World the first time presented as a narrow special bait. In those countries where the climate bass not take root, including our interest in Spinner Bait was minimal. Then someone drew the same attention to the obvious thing: in the waters of lake and marsh type on spinner-baits, anything in them is changing, you can successfully fish for pike. And soon they appeared in European directories - for example, the firm DAM offers them now as "Pike Spinners", a "Pike" - this is the most common pike, which we'll catch everywhere.

If, however, withdraw from the American standard, then make a spinner-bait, perfectly adapted to fishing our usual predators in a familiar environment, it is not difficult. What is fundamentally different, "Russian" spinner-bait from the U.S.? In a nutshell - it is heavier and more compact.

It is worth noting that the "Pike Spinner" DAM is much closer to our ideal Spinner Bait - if only because it weighs 20 grams and works not only for outright broke, but at depths of 4-5 meters. Typical same for America Spinner bait - "Bass Killer" firm Mepps. Name - the "killer bass" - speaks for itself. Two lobes, lightweight crown, a rubber "skirt" - it all means throw dimwitted, slow uniform or light pulls wiring for bass is obviously not the nail in the eye.

When you need to fish for pike or perch from a depth of four or more meters, and not from under the boat, and oblavlivaya plenty of space, then, firstly, the head weight should be about three times larger, and secondly, to replace the "skirt" on a small vibrohvost, and instead of the two lobes makes sense to restrict one.

At home spinner-bayt is believed that the bait with two petals is more designed for horizontal and pure speed wiring, and one - for both horizontal as well as for speed, which is applied to this type of bait called the "helicopter" (helicopter type), which was inspired by external analogy. And since this publication is devoted to the jig-turntables, we should be primarily interested in those of Spinner Bait, which are designed to "helicopter" wiring. Hence the priority of one lobe.

Wire, which is mounted on the spinner-bait, must be rigid and elastic - so it is best transmitted vibration from rotating on the soft lobe of the bait, which does not lishayas own game, due to the influence petal trembles still shiver.

Tension created by a rotating leaf, with spinner-bayt felt more clearly than the other "decks" with a jig-head. If you are using a highly sensitive rod and braided fishing line (Nurron "," Mahilon "), which in our case is fully justified, then during the winding spinning like" buzz "in your hands. At the moment did not stop there, but I can assure you petal doing his job, recruiting radiating in all directions, waves of vibration. In the pike from this, even if it is passive, fully awaken her carnivorous needs. I can recall at least three fishing pike when no signs of life, and the positive result was achieved only by means of spinner-bayt.

The size of the petal should not be too large, especially when you catch on throughout, otherwise it may happen that the coil will be of average quality stoppers on the wiring. Withdraw from the situation helps the transition from the "meat grinder" on the gear (I have this more often "Quick LC200" firm DAM), but it's better not to get involved in large petals, or, if necessary, change the tab on the lower - in the spinner-beat it is connected through a crank ring, and make it sometimes not only possible but necessary.

In addition to the petal, I often substitute a soft bait with the head. Unlike some American models, whose head with a hook is rigidly connected with the lower rocker arm wire and therefore can not be replaced, have preferred me Spinner Bait lower arm is equipped with a zipper, and if desired, the lower part can be quickly put the other, it could be either to change the head weight, or a more radical change, for example, twisters on foam fish or any other well-known jig-bait. By the way, many component manufacturers sets of plastic baits and jig-head with removable wire rockers with petals that can be sold separately - such as a set of three framed colored petals "Twirly" firm DAM With their help, you can easily transform an ordinary vibrohvost a spinner-bait.

Rigid coupling of the wire with the head has only one real advantage: when it comes to catching a very overgrown places such installation is less than collects grass, of course, if the head is small and sleek.

The preferred head weight Spinner Bait on ponds and lakes with a working depth 2,5-4 meters - 10 to 15 grams, in reservoirs and large rivers flow - to 20-30 g. For reference: If you catch the usual jig- bait and imagine where the head is what is needed for the sinker Spinner Bait should be approximately 40% heavier.

On the spinner-bait, as I have, you can fish for pike, even in such places and under such conditions, where we usually do not catch at all. It is a body of water, almost entirely covered with a carpet of duckweed - ponds, peat karerchikah and tiny floodplain lakes. I once believed these "swamp" their "crown" of reservoirs - in the early 80's about three-quarters of all its pike I caught there. The only obstacle to the normal spinning fishing is just a duckweed. I had to wait for sustained winds, which shifted the layer of floating algae and opened up a clean water surface. Wait at the "swamp" the wind - the same thing as waiting by the sea weather. In a green veil, even in calm met the "window" about the size of meter on. Catch it at the usual lures almost never fails, while the spinner-bait gives a real chance, you only need to get into the "goal" from a distance of 10-20 meters, and at the first attempt. Simply do this by using a light spinning rod with a multiplier - "soap box '.

Posting as such is not here. Spinner bait after the cast sinks to the bottom, and if during the rapid (2-3 seconds) immersion nobody cop it, we should reel fishing line release the bait from the beam duckweed and move to the next progalu. I will not argue that this way I managed to catch a pike on a regular basis - only caught six or seven, but the method certainly deserves attention, and spinner-bait, with its effect of the helicopter, can rightly be considered the best method for this type of fishing lures.

As for everything else, you can be a useful next recommendation. In fishing with a spinner-Beit levoruchny multiplier (better still with a flip-switch) has an objective advantage over traditional pravoruchnym. Bite very often at the time of the fall of the bait into the water, and if you shift while spinning from one hand to another, we run the risk of bite to miss. I feel about it on yourself, because at my disposal, until now, only the right-hand "cartoons." In all other respects, in my opinion, the arguments about the pros and cons of the "right" and "left" multipliers are without substantial grounds. Visit Fishing Equipment/Tackle and Accessories page for Information and Sales , amazing Fishing Line from Triple fish and Momoi, Fishing Hooks from Mustad, Gamakatsu, salt of fresh water Reels from Penn,Nice selection of DAIWA spinning, saltwater, conventional reels ,Listing of and much more.

The First Years

Garcia Lures

Enjoy information on early lure design - Spoons & spinner

Garcia Spoons

Simple in concept, deadly in use, the spoon continues to be a year-in and year-out favorite of experienced anglers.

The flash, dart, and wobble of metal spoons have been fooling gamefish for a long time. These basic lures simulate the natural motion of crippled baitfish and minnows which have lost control in the current. Moving water is where spoons perform best, but their effectiveness in still water is outstanding if the lures are properly used. The basic method of fishing spoons in moving water is to cast across stream and retrieve just fast enough to bring out the enticing wobble of the lure. The action of the spoon can be enhanced by raising and lowering the rod tip. The deeper and faster the water, the further upstream you must cast in order to get the spoon down. Fast water also requires slower reeling.

As you work the spoon across the river, let it hang and flutter in the current, work it behind rocks, swing it through the turbulence beiow white water, and allow it to drop and wobble into deep pools. In lakes, ponds, bays, or deep, still holes in rivers, try this "drop and wobble" approach: reel in the spoon with your rod fairly high. Then drop your rod to a position parallel to the water and stop the retrieve. This will cause the spoon to flip-flop down like a stricken baitfish. When the slack is out of your line, start the retrieve again and slowly raise your rod to the vertical, at which time you repeat the "drop and wobble" routine. GARCIA spoons are all made out of the finest, most durable materials. The finish is high gloss silver, with three dimensional scale pattern to reflect light in all directions. Each spoon is balanced for perfect built-in action and for long, accurate, foul-proof casts.

The Toby is a thin spoon, which makes it ideal for working shallow waters and rivers with a moderate flow. It has a quick, lithe, darting action and comes in colorful finishes. The Koster is a big-water, big-fish lure. This brilliantly finished spoon digs deep and holds well in rough and tumbling water. It is great in saltwater as well as inland. The Egon is a perfect saltwater lure. Surf casters love the way it sails out beyond their own expectations. The builtin action imitates a host of oceanic baitfish. As a deep jigging lure, the Egon has no peer. Of course, all GARCIA spoons make excellent trolling lures.

Garcia Spinners

Look around. Spinners are in use everywhere. And with good reason.

The electric tick of a balanced blade as it passes an opening in the pads traps a largemouth in its hypnotic flash. The big fish turns, rushes the spinner, and takes it without hesitation. At the same time, a thousand miles away, the feather edges of a small golden blade catch, the current of a transparent high mountain stream and start it flickering down the tumbling flow. A rainbow darts out from under an overhanging boulder and stops the lure dead in its path. Along the coast young boys are catching snapper blues with small spinning lures; in the midwest men trolling for lake trout and coho salmon work spinners on deep lines behind their boats; bream and crappie fishermen in the deep south cast similar lures to the lush banks along the river. Wherever men fish, spinners are on the job.

The spinner - first lure of modern angling - consists of a rounded blade which revolves freely about a weighted shank as it is moved through the water. It is an easy lure to use. An unhurried, steady retrieve which brings out the flashing tick of the blade is just right. Sometimes a brief hesitation, or a slight twitch of the rod tip, will help entice a wary gamester. The momentary flutter as the spinner begins to drop is often followed by a crashing strike. A spinner can be used at various depths by simply allowing it to sink before reeling in. In rivers and streams, an upstream angle in the cast will help achieve greater depth. Spinners are among the few lures which are very effective when cast up against the current. You have to reel a bit faster than normal to get the blade going as the river pushes the iuic toward you; but as it swings past and tho ourrent grabs it, you can slow all the way down. At the end of the downstream arc, stop reeling altogether and move the spinner back and forth in the current.

Spinners are not all alike.

Each one has its own basic action and flash pattern. Some offer colored finishes as well. Among the hundreds of spinners available today, only a few have achieved the status of the famous Swedish AbuReflex. The secret of the success of this lure lies in the care which goes into the manufacture of the bidirectionally oriented, highly polished, fluted blade. Although it is very effective in trout and smallmouth rivers, the fame of this lure stems from its success in lakes and ponds. Something about the unique finishes and multifaceted blades, which reflect light in a hundred directions, appeals to bass, walleye, pickerel, perch, crappie, bream, pike, and musky. Line twist is avoided by two design features found only in Abu-Reflex spinners.

One is the perfect balance of the blade, which means that the direction of spin of the blade will vary depending on how the lure hits the water. The other is the fish-tail connector which offsets the treble and provides a stabilizing keel effect. A totally different spinner is the Droppen. The one-of-a-kind, fluted, feather edge of its blade adds another dimension to the lure's flash, glimmer and action. The Droppen is a basic tool for panfish and srnallmouth bass. But where it really excels is in the lakes, ponds, rivers, and streams which harbor trout.

The Droppen is probably the most productive lure ever devised for this most sought after gamefish. Cast the Droppen up and across stream and let it flicker in a smooth arc. Work it along the eddies behind rocks, in holes below riffles, and in pockets under logs and bushes. In order to achieve a completely dif- ferent action, the Mitchell spinner has been designed with through-blade mounting and multicurved blade. Some unusual finishes add to the basic all-around appeal of this lure. All GARCIA spinners offer the follow- ing important features: instant, fool-proof starts; spins on the slowest retrieve; streamlined bodies for long, accurate, foul-proof casts; fish-attracting color, flash and vibration.

Gear Bag


In my book, any lure with Super Magnum printed on it is worth a cast. If you can drag yourself away from the coast this fall, check out a muskie fishery like Cave Run Lake in Kentucky, and be sure to visit a tackle shop. You'll see foot-long plugs painted up like bluewing teal; nightmar- ish plastic creepy-crawlies bristling with tentacles and trebles; in-line spinners with propeller blades that could plane a Grady White. At one such shop I picked up a few 8-inch topwater walking plugs with an eye to big snook and tarpon during the fall mullet run in Florida. The Heddon Super Magnum Spook is too large for most tackle boxes, and joins offshore lures which hang in my garage. First cast, in my backyard lake, produced a 7-inch bass. I figure I'm ready for anything. At 35/8 ounces, this lure clearly needs heavy tackle, such as a widespool baitcaster like the new Abu Garcia Revo Toro 60- and 30-pound braided polyethylene line. A stout rod (but not too heavy) is also vital, if you hope to avoid tendonitis. That's what those "muskie" sticks are all about, with long handles for balance and lightweight, strong blanks.

Giant Plastics, Too

Striped bass fishermen in the Northeastern U.S. have long employed outsize lures. One of the latest is the Hogy, a series of soft- plastic jerkbaits in 7-, 10-, 14-and 18-inch (!!) lengths. Captain Mike Hogan (yep, Mr. Hogy) produced a persuasive DVD showing the rigging and fishing methods. The Hogys can be rigged on a jighead, offset worm hook, "tin," or shortshank livebait hook in single or double configuration. The Jigging model Hogy bait has a flat front end to mate with a I-ounce leadhead (a squirt ofCA glue helps secure it). The same bait can be rigged with an offset worm hook to create a chugger. The standard Hogys have a hook pocket in the belly, much like the ubiquitous "shad" or "jerkworm" styles from dozens of makers. Hogy offers lead inserts, specialized gripper hooks and all kinds of accessories.

Black, bone, purple, chartreuse and bubble gum are among the colors available. Proven in striped bass waters, our Hogys will be swimming around bridges and spillways during Florida October runoff. Come Apr, the big topwater Hogy rig will be interesting to try during the spring mullet run. And then there's that photo I saw recently of a 2-foot rattlesnake that came out on the belly of a keeper red... See for more.

best old rules:

Lure Rules

A basic guide to choosing and presenting fishing lures

all factors that you have to bear in mind include Type of water

You have to know your lure before you can fish it!

There's no chuck-and-chance-it aboul successful lure fishing -though a beginner might well think that all he has to do is cast as far as he can, then wind in. Not so. The speed of retrieve, the way you work your lure, the species you are after and the kind of water you are fishing, are all factors that you have to bear in mind.

The simplest decision you'll have to make, though, is suiting the lure to the species. Let's take a few common examples.

For trout and perch

: small-bladed spoons, fly/ spinners, other small spinning baits.

For pike

: broad-bladed spoons, long spoons, plugs.

Cod and pollack: Pirks, fish-imitating lures. Some lures, of course, can be used pretty well universally for all predators - Droppen. for example. ABU Reflex and Toby. You'll need to think about size and colour, though, two very important factors when it comes to choosing the right lure.

Normally, the old rule of thumb-big water, big fish equals big lure -holds good, as does the con- verse of using a small lure in small waters, or in rivers that are running low. Coloured waters need a flashy lure, gin-clear ones a b'ait with subdued tones. Remember, though, that the fish haven't read these rules.

Sometimes, when fishing is tough, breaking the rule may lead you to a good fish. Even when you've chosen the right lure, you have to fish it properly. That means knowing how it behaves in the water and how the angler can influence its movement. Possibly this latter point is the most important of all. You may well be a good caster, you know how to make rod and reel work for you-but be honest, have you ever really thought out what it is about the design of a particular lure that makes it catch fish? If you have, you're an exception. First, just like a car. a lure has to be started up - bar spoons, especially, have to rotate.

Though, indeed, a well-designed spoon like the Droppen or Reflex will do that automatically. Don't think you have to retrieve it at a regular speed, though, as too many anglers do. Vary the pace instead. This will make the blade rotate at differing speeds, making an interesting and varied pattern of vibrations in the water and also allowing it to sink and rise rhythmically. After a little while you'll be able to feel the variations in the way the spoon works transmitted through the rod. Don't forget that in lakes and in slow-moving rivers you'll have to do all the work of moving the spoon by

yourself. In fast water, though, the stream will do a lot of the work for you. The size of the spinnei also, will dictate the amount of winding you'll need to do to keep it fishing effectively.

All lures, generally lumped together as 'spinners' need to be set in motion to one degree or another But a plain spoon, for example, can even be left to llutier down to the bottom, then retrieved in fits and starts. It is often an advantage to delay its movement in this way.

It's advantageous, too, to vary the pace of the retrieve. The standard movement of the spoon is a regular flickering. You can regulate this, by the way you retrieve, to a fast flicker, or a slow, rolling motion. Maybe that sounds a lot to bear in mind all the time you are fishing-but it is your imaginative use of your lure that is going to make all the difference to your catches.

Sometimes, indeed, a spoon that just bounces the bottom can be very effective indeed-even though you run the risk of being hung-up and losing your lure. It depends on how much you want a fish. If they are right down there on the bottom, then that is where you are going to have to go after them! Once again, a variation in the speed of retrieve can help tremendously.

The most captivatingly life-like lure to fish is still the plug-bait! It is built to imitate a small fish, principally through the effect of the vane at the forward end which gives it its wobbling motion through the water. It has another function too: the shallower the angle at which it is set. the deeper the plug will dive. The big advantage that the Hi-Lo has over normal plugbails is that this angle can be adjusted to allow the bait to search deep in the water, at mid-water or in the surface layer.

Fish are where you find them! There's a nine- teenth century pike fisherman's saying which still holds good and applies to other species besides pike -Spin high, spin low, spin fast, spin slow! You have to try each way until you start hitting fish. The plug bait is the easiest lure for 'individu- alizing' your retrieve. You can make it sway like a Hawaiian dancer or speed along like a schoolboy rushing to catch a bus. You can stop the retrieve and let it shoot to the surface. You can use a floating plug to fish shallow, weedy waters for pike or a sinker to dive deep into pikey holes.

Never forget that the speed at which you turn your reel handle is not the only means you have of varying the pace and action of your lure. Rod top movements, as well, can influence the way in which your spinner behaves: by lifting and lower- ing the rod point, indeed, you can introduce more subtle differences of pace that way than you can with the reel handle: a sudden acceleration, by jagging ihe rod over hard, will sometimes induce a following fish to take positively.

Now, the colour question...

Should you use a shiny lure or a dull one? Light colours or dark? A pike that feeds on dace or bleak in a clear stream may prefer a silvery lure. One that hunts bream in deep water might respond better to a coppery tone...

Since the clarity of the water is so often an important influence, let's try to subdivide typical water conditions into three main groups:

1. Clear waters (including clear lakes and moun- tain streams) in which the lish can see at long range. Chalk streams, for example, some game fish rivers when they are running low and. along much of the coast, the sea.

2. Waters temporarily coloured when running high -peat-stained western streams, for instance.

3. Slow-running streams that have a permanent coloration - also the sea occasionally (East Coast. English Channel).

It is impossible to lay down strict rules for colour choice in each of these contexts, but a rough guide could go as follows:

Type of water Best lure colour

1. Clear-Copper, gold, zebra, black. 2. Stained-Copper, especially with or ange/red body effect or stripes. 3. Coloured-Silver, white, LYS, WP. XRY. BGL.

Finally, available light is a factor which greatly influences the killing properties of lures. Brightly- shining reflective lures can frighten more than they tempt and it is a psychological fact that anglers tend to get carried away by pretty-looking, flashy lures, lures that, to him can look as attractive as a piece of expensive jewellery. Unhappily preda- tory fish often prefer old. worn, even oxidized lures. The real exception to this rule is when game fishing a river which is just beginning to clear after a Hood and in deep-water fishing with pirkv Here's another rough guide, this time to light conditions.

Lighting Colour of lure

Sunny-Copper, zebra, dark colours. Cloudy- Silver, gold, light colours. Darkness/Dusk-Silver, copper. LYS.

This conflicts a little with the time-honoured fly-fisherman's dictum of a dark fly on a dark day and indeed in night fishing a completely black fly or lure will often succeed. But it is a good general guide and of course there is nothing to stop you experimenting. So there it is a basic guide to choosing and presenting lures. Don't be rule-bound, though. Just use these pointers as a beginning and make your way from there. Use your imagination. It's the best way of all to catch fish. | ABU

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Spinnerbaits - Color, blades, speed and tips

Bang them into stuff. Hard cover, rip them through weeds, change retrieve speed on the same cast. You can usually have 50 or so spinnerbaits in my crate any given time. They work all the time. Willow for clear, Colorado for dirty. White color - chartreuse and black is all you really need for the most part though some colors are local favorites.

Spinnerbaits are all about timing and covering water. You need to be able to move fast and cover a lot of water. They typically don't work in the heat of the summer so if you have been fishing them the last couple months I'm not surprised you haven't had much luck.

Spinnerbaits best in ...

Work them around wood and rocks bouncing them off as they hit. They work best in the spring, fall and occasionally in the winter if you get them deep. Anglers caught some of my biggest bass on them in the spring when the big girls just start moving up.
Anglers also recommend getting different weights for changing depths of retrieve.

Dominant tackle

Actually if you go back through the history of big time professional tournaments in the last three decades, you will see that "soft plastics" aren't nearly as dominant as some would assume. Granted, the very first bass ever caught in the first B.A.S.S. Event was caught by Bill Dance on a blue worm, but it would be a mistake to discount spinnerbaits, jigs, and crankbaits.

A personal favorite

Most people over think it. 90% of the baits on the counter you can leave alone. Anglers know everybody has a specific personal favorite but if you watch people who CATCH fish consistently on SP you will notice that in most cases they are tossing a 1/4oz or 3/8oz bait, tandem blades ( probably gold) in either white, chartreuse&white, or chartreuse. Willow leaf blades get through grass better and give off more flash, but Colorado blades give more vibration. An Indiana blade (teardrop shape) sort of splits the difference.

It's not a subtle, stealthy bait to toss at pressured fish. It's a GREAT bait to find aggressive feeding fish and should be used to rapidly cover a bunch of water in a hurry. Sure, there are lots of subtle tips like any other technique, but those you learn by fishing the bait. Never hit the water without a spinnerbait tied on year round.

The spinnerbait is very versatile. Most often a normal retrieve works well, but you can burn it at the surface, make it go "bloop bloop bloop" , or burn it just below the surface. You can slow roll it. You can "jig" it (i.e. let it sink, raise the rod, reel up, lower the rod and let it sink again, repeat).

If you're close to shore or fishing from the back of a boat, you can flip it into tight or close spots. Bang it off wood, docks, rip it through pads, or even drag it across pads like a frog.

A BeetleSpin

If you really need to hook a bass, anglers recommend you go and toss a small framed 3/16 or 1/4 bait and get a few quick bites. A BeetleSpin a real spinnerbait and nothing catches them like a BeetleSpin.

Sidearm spinnerbait

When Secret Weapon introduced its Sidearm spinnerbait or thereabouts, many users compared it to the venerable Shannon Twin Spin.

The Sidearm could be converted into a single or tandem spinnerbait in seconds, and anglers could switch from two to four blades, Colorado to willowleaf, turtleback, or Indiana, too, making it a much more versatile lure.

Using a spinner bait - useful tips

- Try to make it contact cover. That's when most bites will occur. Make sure to always use a trailer hook too. Pick up a war eagle finesse, white/chartreuse. It's a fish catching machine man. The spinnerbait is the all terrain vehicle of the fishing world. It's pretty snag less. Don't be afraid to throw it deep into wood man. Make the retrieve erratic.

- Spinnerbaits are reaction baits. They come into their own covering a lot of water looking for active fish or when the pattern indicates certain cover trends. We are kayak fishermen. You're not going to cover the water a guy with a 112lb thrust trolling motet will. Pick up your spinnerbait when you come to a lay down, a stump, maybe a shallow dock in stained water. Work a grass line with it but don't just random cast it like a crankbait an expect it to produce. (Although that pattern does happen) Learn the different applications for a spinnerbait and decide which are applicable to fishing in slow motion.

- Smaller spinnerbaits do better than the giant ones with a bunch of blades.

A bright colored Spinnerbait

Start with a bright colored one. If the bite isn't there I'll use a black and white one. If it's super sunny I'll run a black one. Usually run a dual blade with a willow and Colorado. They will run a couple feet under the surface but you can retrieve slower to drop it down. Toss it in tight spots where fish will be holding (between rocks, stumps, etc.). Anglers have the best luck with a slow roll, but I do a quick 1/4 turn of the reel every couple turns. Simulates the way bait fish swim. Use anything else in the fall. It is also my go to on rivers as they cast well, are versatile, and inexpensive. Northland Tackle ( is the brand to use.

Fishing rods using for spinner/chatterbaits

Lews Speedcaster( and Bass Pro( Qualifiers, BassPro Johnny Morris Carbon Light 7' and 6.5 MH respectively. A bunch of each, keep finding them on sale for less than $75 each, and as low as $50. Don't carry expensive rod and reels in your boat. Just to much chance of breaking tips. Anglers are much more accurate/comfortable throwing 6'5" sitting in my kayak, but sometimes a 7' just seems right. It's amazing the difference 6" can make one way or another.

If you are not using a mod or mod-fast rod, youre missing out, personally im using a kistler carbon steel 7' med power mod-fast, only use 3/8oz so if you use bigger all the time maybe go to a mh.

The 7ft Medium Winch rod (J2 Series Casting Rods). Anglers it for square bills and smaller cranks.

Very soft tip and can launch those smaller baits a mile. Great rod. Only wish they made a 7ft Medium Heavy for larger squarebills and medium divers.

Another feature anglers really like was the locking reel seat, not sure why they don't put them on all their rods, but it eliminates any loosening that tends to happen over time.

In the Cabelas catalog that some St Croix say made in America and some just say "Five Year Warrsnty". Premier and up in their line-up, made in USA. Mojo and down, made in Mexico.

The mojo is still a solid rod too but it's not worth the $ when u can spend $20-$30 more for a premier.Anglers will be honest the Duckett brand has lost me, their quality control sucks, rods feel cheaper, lures are rebranded Chinese knockoffs, same thing happened when he was with carrot stick, just got cheap with material and was still charging premium price.

A 7:1 to 8:3 reel top water 20lbs mono. You need the line to float. When you walk the bait on the surface you need to be able to reel up the line fast and easy. 6:2 I'd use spinner bait with 12-14lbs line. Id use a 7:1 also Flipping fast retrieve to get bait out and back in the watera, - use braid or heaviest you could get to get the fish or lure out of there. 5:2 - use for deep cranking.

IMO spinnerbait fishing is target fishing, so you feel like you need a shorter rod than what is currently in vogue. Something less than 7' (I prefer 6'9"-6'10") offers both accuracy and distance. Depending upon the blank, it could be a medium (St Croixs tend to be stiff) or Medium/Heavy.It's much prefer a moderate fast action over a very fast, soft tip. Lance Stringer at Impulse Rods has since added it to the catalog; its 6'9", Med, moderate fast rod best for tossing 1/4oz and 5/16oz spinnerbaits. It's just a touch too soft for 3/8oz and above.

MRF (adjustable butt system). Below is their web site. They are strong fishing rods, great actions.

The custom rods made by Kissel krafts custom rods. Kissel has duckett beat as far as sensitivity and durability. Plus you can customize it to be the rod you want specs, wrap, grip, guides, everything. Along with lifetime warranty and amazing customer service. It'd be worth checking out.

A Duckett Ghost - Anglers are happy with its performance and sensitivity at the price point. They retail for about 129-149.99 each. They have great tips, amazing backbone, are super sensitive and light weight.

A new one to look out for is the Dobyns Fury crankbait series rods. The 705cb would be my choice. Dobyns off the shelf balance better than almost every brand on the marketm, no adjustment needed. Their customer service and warranty is one of the best in the business and you can talk to the owners directly. If something breaks, turn around time for a replacement is a matter of a week. This is coming from a non pro staff customer who has five of their crankbait rods.

The Reels

Use Reels that crank in 31 inches of line on a handle crank which is typically a 7:1 ratio.

Anglers recommend high speed reels during my seminars and river fishing classes. There are distinct advantages to using high speed reels when river fishing. Quicker follow up casts, working less when burning baits, less cranking during a day of fishing and being able to pick up line faster when making upstream to downstream presentations is huge and yes you can keep up better with those hard charging fish.

Abu Garcia Revo Rocket for buzzbaits and spinnerbaits. It has a 9.0 to 1 ratio. You can easily slow your lures down if you want to. You can throw buzzbaits almost all the time though.

The most versitile line to use when fishing spinnerbaits

go with the 17# mono Alec.

You can fish mine on braid or 16# and up mono. You're looking for reaction bites with a spinnerbait. You're not gonna be giving them time to look at it too closely so line visibility isn't as important as abrasion resistance and low stretch.

on 14 or 16 lb flouro

Use the 15. Gives you a little better abrasion resistance than mono and the stretch isn't as necessary on a non treble bait.

Of more importance: spinnerbaits typically have big hooks, many with thick points. Sharpen it to a very keen point with a good long taper so you can drive it home more easily, and make sure it has plenty of barb if you want to land your fish.
Below is a good reference, but nothing is hard and fast rules:

Spinner baits in the fall

Water temperature and how cloudy or sunny it is! Sunny used bronze colorodo blade and silver use cloudy, use to us spinners a lot, but changed to buzz baits. Anglers found that got the bigger bass1/4 ounce black and at night or early morning and when it was hot! Love plastic worms Texas rigged spring time' aloy of time with spinners that quick jerk with the wrist makes them spudder also used them late fall and rain them on the bottom of the lake and that worked, use to live on a lake so you gained experience.

Windy day

Wind is also vital, and won't even pick one up if there's not a little chop to the water. In anglers experience they are a really underrated big fish bait depending on the profile of it, I won't get a lot of fish on them but the 2 best (9.25 and 7.14) both came on spinnerbaits on cloudy windy days early in the day.

The location

One thing iv learned over many years of triumph and disappointment is that fish don't just go anywhere, so you shouldn't just pick any place that's appealing to you. Take a few minutes before you go out and look at Google map or one of the many navonics apps we have available and pick out key points in the lake where there's shore structure change, steep breaks, Mainlake and secondary points, weed beds, brush piles as well as laydowns, and Bait.

Points are very important and usually have steep breaks which produce current on even a gentle breeze. If you don't have a graph, buy one lol it is your most important tool in your box especially in a kayak where you're sitting most of the time and at a disadvantage because you can't see the weedlines in the water until you're right on top of them.

Throw a weightless sinko from April through November so that should tell you just how much fishing tackle and technique come into play. It's all about location.

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What makes a spinnerbait more sucessful and more aggressive action

In Fact being that in murky water the fish cannot see the bait. Instead, the fish detects the disturbance of the lure and so a more aggressive blade or spoon is needed to shake up the underwater better.

Ripping or Burning is nothing more than cranking the bait in as fast as you can without jumping the lure out of the water. Speed comes from a high ratio reel (mine is 7:1) so every rotation of the reel handle means that the lure moves about 32” which is wicked fast as opposed to a 5:1 reel ( 18-22”/turn).

A trick to be able to run the spinnerbait faster is to bend the wire arms apart that that the blades attach to, this makes the lure run deeper in the water, therefore it will take a lot more speed before it breaks the surface. Maybe you have been into the fly fishing gig for over a year, in which the speed nonsense is not a factor.

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