Fishing Lures

High Angle View of several fishes

Whether you do it commercially or for some peace and quiet, fishing has become hugely popular. There are groups, magazines, shows and so many books dedicated to the topic. Fishing has been done since the early onset of civilization and so it is not surprising that we have garnered enough and more resources and knowledge about fishing and it’s fishing lures.

Expert fishermen have known this for a long time. What goes at the end of your fishing line determines how your fishing experience will end being. Whether you use a lure or a bait on the end of your fishing line depends on a lot of factors because this question never has a “one size fits all” answer. Both the approaches to catching fish has certain pros and cons and one will be better than the other depending on a lot of factors such as environment, conditions and what we want to fish.

Fishing lures are a type of artificial fishing bait. These are used to attract a fish’s attention by using any or all of color, flash, vibration, and movement. Sometimes they are designed to look like smaller fish, insects, etc which fish eat in the wild.

Let’s look at when using a lure is best:

·       It is good for catching aggressive and predatory fish

·       Fishing lures are best in clearer water and warmer weather

·       Fishing lures are also the preferred way to go when undersized and non-target ‘nuisance’ fish are aplenty

Features of Lures

Different fishes in a box and a Fishing Rod

Some other, interesting features of Lures are:

·       Using a fishing lure is fun. It is thought to be more satisfying than using a bait

·       You can cover a lot more water with a lure

·       Using a lure increases your chances of catching slightly larger fish on average

·       Fishing lures are good for catch-and-release as they almost always hook fish in the jaws, lips or mouth

·       As opposed to bait, these are good if you fish regularly as they can be reused again and again

There are some drawbacks to this way of fishing as good lures can sometimes prove to be expensive. Also, some fish do not respond as well to a lure as they would to a bait. Fishing using a lure is tough for beginners and so most begin with baits.

Usage of Fishing Lures

Lures are being used by mankind for a very long time. In early times, they were made from bone or bronze. These were good because they were strong but still so thin that they were hardly visible to the fish. The Chinese added some class to the process when they made a fishing line spun from fine silk. Talk about fancy fishing!

Now, Fishing lures are specifically for a certain type of fish species. This means that lures made to target trout will be different from the lure made to target pelagic fish.

Types of Fishing Lures

A kid and Lady enjoying Fishing by the Pond

Let’s look at some types of Fishing Lures:

1.       Spinnerbait: These are great for targeting predatory fish

2.       Crankbait: These are ideal for winter fishing when most fish are inactive due to the cold temperature

3.       Spoons: These are one of the oldest and most reliable lures

4.       Jigs: This is good for when you are targeting bass or other large, freshwater fish

If you didn’t know much about fishing, I am sure this information helped. Now, go try your hand at fishing. 

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