A complete and exhaustive guide to fishing lures could be many hundreds of pages long. There have been whole books written that explain everything you may ever want to know about lures. Basically, however, there are several main types that make up all the others.
They differ based on the type of fish you want to catch, whether you are casting your line into fresh or salt water and what your overall fishing style is. This basic guide to fishing lures will get you started on your quest to learn everything there is to know.
Seven main varieties of fishing lures exist on the market today:
Jigs – These versatile fishing lures do not cost very much and are pretty good at catching many different types of fish. They are weighted at the front and frequently boast some fluttery feathers or hair to create movement.
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Spinners – The interesting thing about this fishing lure is that it has a shiny metal this that spins to create underwater vibrations and something to catch the fish’s eye.
Spoons – Looking very similar to the broken off the top of a spoon, these fishing lures now come in a wide variety of colors but all wobble when you pulled into the water so they look like live bait.
Plugs – These fishing lures are designed to look like small fish and usually have hooks hanging off the belly and tail area.
Spinner bait – This combination type of fishing lures has a plastic body and a metal spinner for a lot of movement and interest.
Flies – Usually quite small, these lures are created to look like actual insects and are only used when a fly fishing.
Soft plastic baits – Fishing lures in this category are molded to look like actual foods that the fish might eat: worms, frogs and small fish.