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probe deep waters the next. No matter
what the fishing situation may be, there’s
a soft plastic jig – or, more likely, there are
dozens of them – made to match it.
9Streamers: No list of top fish- ing lures would be complete if it omitted streamers, a top pick
for fly anglers. And no mention can be
made of streamers without calling out
Lefty’s Deceiver, one of the most famous
streamers around. Invented by legendary
fly angler Lefty Kreh, the Deceiver is a
streamer design – not a specific pattern –
that has the basic shape of a baitfish with
no wings or fins. Another famous streamer
design is the Clouser Minnow.
Fly anglers who need to imitate a baitfish use streamers the most, but they aren’t
the only ones to benefit from this type of
lure. Conventional anglers jigging deep
water for such fish as yellowfin sea trout
and sea bass also find them very effective
when tying tandem rigs. With a heavy
spoon or weighted lure on the bottom of
the rig and a streamer on the top, fishermen can present their quarry with both
large and small offerings at the same time.
Among the countless new fishing-lures every year, these 10 are ageless
classics – and they still catch an awful lot
BoatU.S. electronics editor Lenny Rudow is a
fishing expert and senior editor for Boats.com.
8 Lipped Plugs: Lipped plugs
often have a sleeker
body than lipless crankbaits, but they dig into
the water and swim with
a lifelike motion thanks
to a lip extending out
on the front of the lure.
There are many variations and different
sizes available, ranging from tiny inch-long plugs used for freshwater panfish to
two-foot-long saltwater models.
The lip allows the plug to track at a
consistent depth, making these lures
ideal for fish that suspend at mid-depth.
Just what depth a particular plug runs at
depends on the size, design, and buoyancy of the lure and its lip. Wherever
it swims, however, the built-in action
provided by the lip makes these lures an
excellent choice for beginners.
like this classic
swim as they
the water, so
no added action
from the angler
10 Twister Tails: The Mister
developed the Curly
Tail in 1972 and immediately
claimed to offer the most
action of any flexible plastic
lure. Though intended for bass
fishing, anglers quickly realized that it was effective on
just about any predator fish, in
just about any type of water.
Like many other lures that
have their own action, twister tails are a
great option for beginners. Simply choose
a lead head of the size needed to get to
the desired depth, cast it out, and reel it
in—the lure does all the rest of the work.
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