While there are some so-called ‘new’ bass lures on the market, in actuality they are just re designed normal designs.There are a few exceptions: The Banjo Minnow: Not really a new lure, but a different way of rigging a soft plastic bait. The infomercial says that it makes the lure move more naturally. I’ve watched videos of it, and it doesn’t move any better than a lot of baits already on the market. Will it catch fish? Probably, at least sometimes. Is it better than baits already on the market? I doubt it. If you like them, use them.
The Flying Lure: A normal tube jig with a reversed weight on it. This causes the lure to swim AWAY from the casting point, keeping the line tight, and allowing it to ‘swim’ under undercuts and structure previously considered unreachable. Invented by Alex Langer in the 1970s, this lure really did impact the market, and is still a good lure.Does it out fish others? Under some conditions, yes! Is it better than standard lures? No. It is a specialty lure that is one more tool for your tackle box. I’d recommend having a few, but I don’t use them all the time. They work best near heavy structure and undercuts.
The Bionic Minnow: A Banjo Minnow clone.There are other ‘TV’, supposedly ‘new’lures out there, but suffice to say they are mostly for catching fisherman.
Lure fall into a few basic categories: Surface Plugs- the industry standard is the Heddon Chugger, and Rapala Poppers. Others that are time-proven are the Jitterbug, Torpedo, Hula Popper, Lucky 13, Devils Horse, Rapala Floating Minnow, Rebel ultralite Critters, Crazy Crawler, and the Zara Spook.
New offerings are just different color schemes of the same.
Subsurface Plugs – also known as crank baits, these include classics like the Big O, Shad-Rap, Hell bender, Lazy Ike, Little George and Little Suzy, Cotton Cordell’s Jointed Minnows,Bombers, and Yo Zuri Snap Beans. Again, new offerings are just new colors.
Soft Baits – these are jigs rigged with soft plastic bodies that imitate every aquatic creature in the planet, and some that only exist in nightmares! They will catch most predator species, in all waters, all the time, fresh or saltwater, inshore, offshore or along the shore. There are many different ways to rig them, and they are the most versatile lures an angler can have. The industry standard is the still King of Lures, the Plastic Worm. This has probably accounted for more landed fish than any other bait ever used, including live bait. Other models imitate shad,crustaceans, minnows and other bait fish.
They are the top choice of most pro Tournament anglers. One of the top trout lures is the Trout Magnet, a soft inchworm-type bait that almost never fails if you find the right color combination for that particular time. This category also includes Tube Baits,which are brilliant. Also, the ultra-successful Sassy Shad family. There is little new here. They already come in every size, color and shape imaginable. How can you improve on perfection? If I could only have one type of lure, this would be it, hands down! In-Line and French Spinners-these have been around forever, and all that has changed are the colors. They are basically a weighted body with a spinner attached to the center wire by a clevis, or directly. They are very successful lures. The major types are Mepps, Rooster Tail, Panther Martin, and Blue Fox.
They all work about the same, and no one type seems to have the edge over the other.
They come in all sizes and colors you can think of, and like soft baits, they will catch most predator fish, everywhere. They run a close second to soft baits as the best lures to have.
Spinner baits, or Buzz baits-these are mainly largemouth and small mouth bass lures, although in smaller sizes they can be very productive on crappie. The consist of a colored jig head with a skirt, usually of rubber, but also of marabou and bucktail, at the rear, and an offset wire arm with one or more spinner blades, or propellers at the end. These are best used near the surface, and around heavy cover. They are very productive at times, usually in spring and summer. Major types are the Strike King family, Bush whacker, and various other types, some with soft plastic bodies. These are effective on red fish, strippers and white bass.
Jigs-one of the oldest fishing lures,and still one of the best. They consist of a weighted head molded to the hook shank, with a skirt made of rubber, marabou, or buck tail tied to the rear,or sometimes tipped with soft plastic bodies, or even live bait. Sometimes,they will have a skirt, and be tipped with colored pork rinds in what is known as a Jig-N-Pig combination. Some Tournament bass anglers swear by them.They are usually fished slowly in deep water, or along the bottom near cover in shallower water. Since they ride hook-up, they seldom snag.
Beware of new off-brand copies of standard designs coming out of China.They are cheap imitations, not made correctly and will not have the correct action. They will cause you much grief, as well as lost fish.
I hope you get out fishing over the weekend, and if you get a chance to try any of the tips above, let me know.
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P.S. And if you want more old school tips than you could possibly use in a lifetime… stuff that is tried and proven to put fish on the dinner table… even when in the worst conditions possible (and even when nobody else can catch a single bass), you gotta give this a look: lures and baits.
Before you do anything, I recommend you read some more banjo minnow reviews just to be sure.
By Dave Townley