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All About Fishing Lures

By Iain Loveman

Iain Loveman

First, it is safe to say that fishing lures come in a never ending supply of colors, sizes, types and styles. So, lets start with the types of lures available.

  • Jig(s)
  • Topwater Lures
  • Jerkbaits
  • Crankbaits
  • Spinnerbaits
  • Spoons
  • Biodegradable Lures
  • Buzzbaits
  • Plastic Baits

There are several types of Jig Lures.
(Molded Jig Heads, Fly Fishing Jigs, Jigging Spoons, Flipping/Pitching, Finesse, Swim)

Jig Heads are basically just a weighted head with a hook and its basic function is to allow you to use live bait at various depths. Many fisherpersons consider them to be one of the most useful of baits.

Styles include bubble, crosseyed, football, stand-up, roundball, tube, weedless, minnow head, bullet, aspirin, glider, mushroom, prop, darter, crosseyed, horse, banana, airplane, shad and floating.

Top Water Lures
There are seven different types of topwater lures.
(Crawlers, Prop Baits, Poppers and Chuggers, Stickbaits, Minnow Lures, Buzzbaits and Weedless)

Jerkbaits are small lipped, minnow shaped diving baits and are not a lure that you fish just by just casting it out and reeling it back in. You have to work the bait with the tip of your rod and your reel. The idea is to create a irresistible motion that you cannot get with other lures.

Crankbaits do not work well in extremely muddy water or very clear water. The best condition to throw a crankbait is in stained water defined as the ability to see a white lure from a depth of 2 to 4 feet. Windy days with some chop are ideal for crankbaits.



Biodegradable Lures


Plastic Baits

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