When it comes to fishing lure, trying to figure out which is the best can be a tough decision. There are literally tens of thousands of choices available and navigating through those choices can be a tall order. With this article, I hope to cut through some of the BS and give you some real-world information, and even some suggestions as to the effectiveness of this or that fishing lure. Let us begin our search for the best fishing lure, shall we?
Top Water Fishing Lures –
- Top Water Fishing Lures – Topwater fishing lures are just what the name suggests…fishing lures that are fished on the surface, or top, of the water. These fishing lures can imitate wounded baitfish, frogs, or even small mammals. I’ve always had success with frog imitation poppers and minnow imitation topwater plugs such as the Zara Spook. A great tip for fishing topwater lures is to do it when the water is as calm as possible, the more the surface of the water is like glass, the better topwater fishing lures will work.
Spinners & Spoons
- Spinners & Spoons – I’m grouping spinners and spoons together because I believe they are in the same family. The both imitate bait fish (for the most part) and can both be quite effective as fishing lures. The two most popular versions of spinner and spoons are probably Rooster Tails for spinners and Daredevils for spoons. A daredevil spoon in the colors red and white have long been known as a great pike bait. Rooster Tails are wonderful for trout and smallmouth bass fishing. Are spinners and spoons the best fishing lure? That’s for you to decide…
- Spinners & Spoons
- Minnow Imitations – Minnow imitation lures are more than likely the type of lure that all of the world is the most familiar with. These are the lures that look like bait fish and come in all of the sizes and colors that actual baitfish are available in. These types of fishing lures are also available in colors that only a 3-year old could love. There are minnow imitation fishing lures that dive a few feet deep to as many as thirty feet deep. You can cover the entire water table with minnow imitations. The most popular of these types of fishing lures has to be Rapala’s. Rapala’s are made from balsa wood and are a very lifelike, realistic, and effective fishing lure. Another lifelike and realistic fishing lure is the KickTail Minnow. The KickTail Minnow is fairly new to the lure market and looks as much like a real baitfish as anything that I’ve ever seen. The bottom line is that minnow imitations are exactly what the name suggests: lures that imitate minnows…
Rubber Worms & Grubs
- Rubber Worms & Grubs – These might not be considered ‘fishing lures’ to some anglers, but they are close enough to be added to the list in my mind. That rubber worms have been a favorite of bass fishermen for generations, and rubber grubs attached to a jig head can be an incredibly effective method for catching almost every species of fish. Can be rigged in various ways and one of the most popular methods is called the ‘Carolina rig’. Rigs such as the Carolina rig are used mainly for catching largemouth bass.
At the end of the day, the best fishing lure is the lure that’s your favorite. It would be impossible to say that one type of fishing lure is truly better than another. Some work better than others, or dive deeper than others, but the bottom line is that your favorite, is your favorite.