Send in the spinners
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.
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.
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@ yahoo.com 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.