The Greatest Fishing Lure

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The Greatest Fishing Lure
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Tyler W
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Couldn't have said it better myself. 

Jason E.
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Fishing jewelry.  Great

Fishing jewelry.  Great phrase, I'll have to remember that one.

Jknuth's picture
Yup Fishing Jewelry needs to

Yup Fishing Jewelry needs to be added to the Glossery. 
Along with Pole Mannikin and the 3oz Salute.

A few years ago I was in a sporting goods store helping my brother pick out a new fishing pole. He spotted a sparkly fancy crazy looking bass plug and asked "Hey what do you catch with this" I told him "Fishermen"

People make life so much harder then it needs to be.


TonyS's picture
Fishing Jewelry

No question lures have their place - SOME of them catch fish like crazy, situationally as (if not more) effective than bait.  BUT the tackle industry is pretty darn funny.  The number of lures designed to catch fisherman is crazy... 


I think I'm going label my lure boxes as "fishing jewelry" from now on...


So what should be the "offical" definition of fishing jewelry?

D.T.'s picture
Good stuff!

But one thing I don't understand is why buy 7 or 8 dollars worth of zip lock bag of "minnow imitation plastics" that are supposed to look like minnows when ya can buy a whole scoop of fatheads for a couple a bucks. And they look like real minnows too.

But my most expensive jewlery I use is a dang ol Double Cowgirl. Stupid expensive. But it does work.

Jknuth's picture
Lures so ornate they are used

Lures so ornate they are used to decorate your tackle to appeal to other fishermen more then fish.
or some such something. 

Its like the sparkley bass boats.. I dont get it. You are all tough with a huge ass motor on your streamlined nasa designed boat and then you paint it purple with gold sparkles. 
One of these days I am going to have becky make a bumper sticker that says "My little pony's first bass boat" and stick it on their trailer when they are on the lake. 


DavidG's picture
Although I love my bait

Although I love my bait fishing and derive a particular joy out of harvesting my own bait... I also sometimes find it interesting to fool a predatory fish into attacking an artificial creature.  It's pretty neat to put your own pattern and retrieval on something that is little more than manufactured pieces of plastic and metal to play a fishes natural instincts in an unnatural way


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TonyS's picture
Lures so ornate they are used

Lures so ornate they are used to decorate your tackle to appeal to other fishermen more then fish.


I think I like that definition.  And "My little pony's first bass boat" - that's awesome.  I suppose everybody has their own taste but the big bad motor and fuschia-sparkle-taupe boat does look funny...

I'll agree with ya DavidG on the idea that lures can effective and fun.  The lure industry and culture is getting pretty silly.  They've got lots of bass/walleye/musky into the mind set that they need five-million lures (in every color) to catch fish.  I honestly only catch fish on a handful of simple lures.  Not to mention the crazy stuff they try and sell (like the flying lure).  Umbrella rigs are pretty silly too - I'm sure they catch fish but why not use something less awkward?  It would be heck of a lot more fun to catch a fish with a jig than to catch a fish with face full of umbrella rig and lures.  Personally, if I'm going to use some that big and awkward its going to be a Musky lure.


Speaking of which - DT those cowgirls sure seem to catch fish - but then they are just a flavor of inline spinner.  And inline spinners catch just about anything.  maybe building 'em  would cut costs?  I think I might give that a go this winter, we'll see.

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Speaking of which - DT those

Speaking of which - DT those cowgirls sure seem to catch fish - but then they are just a flavor of inline spinner.  And inline spinners catch just about anything.  maybe building 'em  would cut costs?  I think I might give that a go this winter, we'll see.

They are expensive to buy the parts to build them.


I love fishing and every lure has it's purpose. I have my favorites that are pretty simple. I have used the Banjo minnnows with great success while others can't get a bite on other lures. Even the flying lure as a kid I was able to get under those docks and pull out nice bass. While I don't use them anymore I don't think they are useless. Personally I spend more money on terminal tackle than lures but I like to catch fish and there are many times where bait is outfished by lures.


Example is last week I got out and was struggling to catch fish with a jig and minnow. I found fish on my fancy Humminbird SI unit we anchored with little success. I switched to a buckshot fish follow but no biters. I take out my Slender spoon and right away start catching fish. I have a minnow down there without a bite on a plain hook.

It's all about that balance of where you are comfortable catching fish.

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TonyS's picture
No question lures would are

No question lures would are good tool to have in the quiver AND I'm positive every lure in existance WILL catch fish (at least pike and bass...) but some surely aren't worth the time.  Banjos minnows always get a bad rap - never tried 'em but soft plastics on the whole usually work nicely so I don't see why they wouldn't work (though I doubt they'd work any better than other soft plastics). 


I've definately outfished bait with lures before.  Oddly large-ish (3-10lbs) drum on pool 4 and 5 of the mississippi in late may and into june is a consitantly better lure bite. Crankbaits, jigs, and blade blades - mostly dependent upon depth and current have vastly outfished crawlers, cut bait, and minnows.


And yikes #10 blades ARE expensive, you could cut costs on the flashabou by buying christmas tinsel - that stuff will be cheap again soon.  Crazy to think that cowgirls aren't anywhere near the most expensive musky lures...

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I use lures a lot, perhas

I use lures a lot, perhas even more than bait recently. I like to keep things simple, a few jigheads, soft plastics and maybe a couple of ultralight crankbaits. Recently I have been thinking outside the box with lures and I have caught sticklebacks and minnows on little soft plastics. there are only about 6 species of fish in my part of England that are considered targets for lure fishing, I have caught 4 of them on lures and 6 others that are considered uncatchable on lures. If I wanted to catch lots of fish then I would probably go for bait, but I prefer lures for the challenge

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I like em!

I love lure fishing.  The most expensive Musky lure I've ever seen is the Wishmaster.  It was $200 a few years back.  It is a huge lure that is well balanced, durable, and sweet looking.  $200 seems outragous, but hey lures are sweet and Wishmasters are like no other and seem to target only the biggest fish in the systems.  I think the flying lures, banjo minnows, and helicopter lures ("all as seen on TV") are set up to engage the weekend warrior or novice fishermen into fishing.  But anything can catch fish.  I like to have an arsenal of artificials cause like others have said, often times they outfish live bait, they're more durable than live bait, and that $7 Rapala will way outlast 40 scoops of fatheads (as long as ya don't lose it).  It is very cool to trick fish into biting something that isn't real; better than being lucky is trickery.


I think its not so much the fishing lures as it is the fishermen.  I do think the sparkly boats are rediculous, however flying accross a large body like Mille Lacs in 15 minutes versus 1.5 hrs definitively has advantages.  Its always fun to go dig worms, find a sunny spot and watch a float; but its also fun to ramrod it eliminating dead water fast and targeting aggressive fish.  One reason I've taken to fly fishing is the simplicity of the flies and the often peaceful tranquility, but theres also nothing wrong with runnin and gunnin it, chunking heavy chickens, covering multiple hotspots, puttin on the hurt.

andy's picture
I love lures!

I really do love fishing with artificial lures.  I'm especially drawn to the weird quirky ones that might be gimmicky or just plain stupid but like Tony said, any lure will catch a bass or pike.  I especially love the wind-up leg kicking frogs and spoons shaped like a sexy bikini lady...or an alien.  Growing up, Corey and I would trade lures and I ended up with some real gems - old school lures like ladybugs with metal lips, bass-o-renos and jitterbugs, weird banana looking musky baits and fuzzy mouse topwaters..  All will catch a fish, especially a pike, and I always enjoyed making sure every lure in my box had caught something.

Sadly, my old lure collection was stolen last year.  Now I lean more towards absolute practicality, and have a limited supply of baits even though I am tempted to buy another on of those mechanical frogs...

the pyromaniac
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In the words of my good

In the words of my good friend Bearded Alex, "I just like to catch fish!"

Depending on what mood I'm in, like Mags said, I might be drowning nightcrawlers, but I might just as easily be throwing a $31 swimbait to target aggressive predators like bass or stripers.  It's all fishing and I love it all!




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Gunnar's picture
Muskymags nailed it.

Muskymags nailed it. Personally, I prefer being tricky (lures, flies) to being lucky (bait, wait). I like knowing that the fish at the end of my line hit a scentless, flavorless hunk of man-made junk it wouldn't have seen as food unless I made it move properly.

The only time I'm cool with using bait is when I'm after something like suckers or sturgeon. Outside of June, I don't think I've ever targeted any predatory fish with bait and I can't imagine I ever will. It's just not as much fun for me--even if it would mean more fish in certain circumstances.

If you get a chance, check out books of old lures (usually published for collectors) with tons of color photos. Your local library probably has one or two. Trust me: the manufacture of weird and probably no more effective lures to catch fishermen is nothing new. On the other hand, some of those old designs that never caught on were really good ideas that should be tried again.


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Muskymags's picture
If you've never been to the

If you've never been to the MN fishing hall of fame in Little Falls, ya gotta check it out somtime!  They have hundreds of old lures and flies.  Many are handmade, made by old Swede's and Fin's.  Old motors and memorabilia mostly focused on old one-of-a-kind lures.  It doesn't look like much on the outside, but inside theres alot of old cool MN fishing stuff.


I also recreated an old classic musky lure of my own.  Fishing the vast calm backwater bays of LOTW and having seen waterfowl being attacked from below; I wanted a baby duck lure.  I decided to try my hand at carving and made my own.  I'll get a pic up soon, but after testing this and playing with different hook placements, I think I've got it dialed in pretty well.  Its not like ya could actually use a baby duck as live bait, so a lure is the only option in that instance.


It looks a little weathered cause it used to have black bead eyes and the clear coat I put on it wrinkled.  It does float well in the water and the 2 blades do look like little feet kicking.  It's perfect size for a baby duckling and I can't wait to chuck it into a river backwater on opener in June.

Eli's picture
How much fun is it fishing

How much fun is it fishing with a log and a piece of rope?

Has to be a healthy medium between tackle bags filled with an inordinate number of lures (most of which never get used) and fishing with a tree branch and a hangnail bent in the shape of a hook...

Don't forget too, a lot of places have live bait bans.