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Another take on old lures

February 6th 2014 01:41
Here's an article I ran across espousing the virtues of old lures.

When using the term "old" I don't mean lures from a season or two ago, but rather, lures from a generation ago.

If you think about it, old lures may be a ticket to success. After all, the fish have probably seen most of the common lures that are on the market. If you throw something from yester-year, curiosity may attract a fish or two. And, you have to figure, if the lure caught fish back in the day, it ought to do the same today.

Since I have (and use) three lures out of the five mentioned, I felt entitled to voice my opinion.

Jitterbug fishing lures
The Arbogast Jitterbug has to be one of the most deadly and easiest to use lures ever produced. This lure hit the market around 1939/40 and I honestly believe people will still be catching fish with it in 2040. Although often though of as a bass lure, people have landed catfish and muskies using a Jitterbug. Like a lot of the old lures, they've changed from wood to plastic.

Zara Spook
Another oldie that made the list is the Zara Spook. If the Jitterbug is the easiest lure to use, the Spook has to rank right up there as one of the hardest. You have to use a "walk the dog" retrieve with a Spook. If you simply throw it out there and reel back, you probably won't get much action!

Rapala Floating Minnow
This is a fairly plain finish but, you can get different finishes in different sizes.
A favorite I've replaced after losing is the Rapala Floating Minnow. I'm usually not much on company hype when it comes to lures but, a Rapala is worth every penny you pay for it and they do catch fish! You can get these in smaller sizes but I like the big 3 hook size because it catches BIG fish and is good if I make it up to the Great Lakes or hit some of the estuaries down at the Outer Banks. Also, there's not many lures out there still made out of wood but, the Floating Minnow is one of them!

Right about now, someone is asking about the lack of crankbaits? They made the list but I don't have the ones mentioned. Why? I have a lot of them and a few good ones so I'm not in the market for any new ones. Besides, if I had all the lures on the market, I wouldn't be blogging!

Remember to take the hooks outta yer pocket before ya sit down!

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