2 Bucktails: With a lead head and a “skirt” traditionally made from actual buck (deer) tail hair, the bucktail is another lure that can be fished in numerous ways. Though a bucktail may
not have much appeal on its own, it’s often “dressed” by adding a
tempting strip of bait to the hook, a plastic teaser, or even a strip of
wiggly pork rind. Many modern bucktail variations replace the hair
with slivers of plastic, synthetic hairs, or tinsel.
Turn to bucktails when you may need to cast one second, troll
the next, and vertically jig moments later. These lures will work for
all of these different methods, reducing the time spent rerigging
or changing lures to match varying situations. The downside is
that most bucktails don’t have much action on their own, so the
angler needs to add some action with the rod tip to make the
lure look lifelike as it moves through the water.
3Spinners: Though mostly used in freshwater, spinners will attract strikes from many species of gamefish. It was Mepps, with the Mepps Shimmy
invented in 1938, that made the spinner über-popular.
First produced in France, it was brought to America by
veterans returning from World War II. Since then, more PH
By Lenny Rudow
Classic literature captivates us, classic cars draw our eyes, and classic lures catch an awful lot of fish. There are a million different lures on the market, yet these 10 basic types have been around for ages and remain popular today. Here, in no particular order, are 10 top classics and what they’re used for.
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1 Metal Spoons: They wobble, they flash, they shine, and they catch all kinds of fish, ranging from largemouth bass to king mackerel. These oblong, bowl-shaped pieces of metal come in a
vast array of colors and can be cast and retrieved, trolled along the
surface, or pulled deep on downriggers. Not only are they among the
most versatile lures on the face of the planet; they’re also among
the oldest. Spoons have been around since man learned how to work
metal – Native Americans, however, fashioned their spoons from shell
– and they remain among the most popular types of lures today.
Anglers should turn to spoons when the fish they seek are hunting
small baitfish, such as minnow or sardines. They’re particularly effective for cast-and-retrieve fishing when the predators are feeding at or
near the surface. When fish are suspended or near the bottom, trolling
spoons with weights or planers becomes the favored tactic.
Classic Fishing Lures
Spoons, plugs, streamers, twisters – the lures that belong in every tacklebox