Send in the spin­ners

Anglers Mail - - Anglers -

Spin­ners are one of the old­est style of lures. I caught my first ever pike many years ago on an On­dex. Again, there is a be­wil­der­ing ar­ray of op­tions, but my go-to spin­ner has al­ways been the clas­sic Mepps Aglia. A few dif­fer­ing colours, in sizes 00 to 02, will cover all op­tions. A slightly more modern twist on the spin­ner comes in the shape of a tail spin­ner from Spin­mad. The 3 and 6 g sizes are great all-round lures that can be fished in a num­ber of ways.

Crank it up

Crankbaits are an­other style of lure that of­fers a va­ri­ety of pre­sen­ta­tions, from float­ing sur­face lures and pop­pers to deep-div­ing plugs. A selec­tion that in­cludes Salmo Lil Bug, Salmo Min­now, Yogi Jointed

Fry and Ra­pala Jointed Shad Rap help me tar­get perch, chub and trout, no mat­ter what depth they are ly­ing at and how ag­gres­sively they are feed­ing.

Awe­some Isome

No ex­plo­ration of my lure selec­tion would be com­plete with­out a look at the one that has ac­counted for more dif­fer­ent species than any other – Isome. The soft, im­i­ta­tion sand­worms come in a va­ri­ety of colours and sizes, from man­u­fac­tur­ers such as Marukyu, Eco­gear and Berkley. The re­seal­able packs con­tain a sweet-smelling liq­uid, packed with amino acids, which fish seem to find ir­re­sistible.

Guided tu­ition

I love catch­ing fish. Big or small, I love ’em all, but I get just as much plea­sure from help­ing oth­ers catch, too. There is noth­ing bet­ter than tak­ing some­one lure fish­ing for the first time and watch­ing their ex­cite­ment as that first fish comes to the bank. If you are in­ter­ested in learn­ing more about any as­pect of lure fish­ing, I now run guided tu­to­rial ses­sions. Con­tact me at dsan­gling@ ya­ or check out my Face­book page, DS Angling, for more de­tails.

I get great plea­sure from teach­ing other an­glers how to catch fish on light lure tac­tics.

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