May 18

SpinLureFishingForTroutStarting out with lure fishing, I began like many people do buying from the local tackle shops. Paying upwards of $6 per lure, of which most initially ended up lost to snags and with no results. The extra money initially however was worth it, as the local fishing shop owners were able to give great advice on how to improve the use of spin lures and soft plastics, along with some other information which I wouldn’t have been able to get anywhere else at the time. After a few weeks though, I found I was loosing lures so often a local fishing trip began to cost upwards of $20 to $30. In frustration I began searching for alternatives, I found an online store Ultimate Fishing and switched over to some of their cheaper lures, after that costs dropped dramatically. I started with a few of the Super Vibrax lures but also bought some of the cheaper spin lures, mostly the 4.5 gram but a couple of 3.5 and 2 grams just to see how they would go. This first order cost me about $30 for 11 spin lures delivered, normally I would pay this much for 4 or 5 lures.

I decided to stop wasting my time and lures fishing at local snag infested stocked lakes as they had produced nothing all summer, so to test out the new lures and learn a few tricks to get me in the right direction I found a popular trout farm an hour away, they have a main lake which is lightly stocked and the fish there are not fed pellets but feed on the smaller fish in the lake, on the sides you can see lots of tadpoles and baby fish, so they are in an environment similar to stocked lakes, the difference is you know there are trout in this lake and people are catching them, in local lakes you are for the most part guessing.

I placed one of the cheap lures on and began casting and retrieving. After around 10 retrieves, a very large blonde trout rose to the top of the lake. A couple more casts further infront of the fish and passing by lead to some follows, then I decided to switch to the Super Vibrax lures most people have recommended to me. The result wasn’t what I had expected, with some similar casts passing the fish, the trout retreated slowly and uninterested back to the depths and didn’t return. Further fishing with this lure produced no results, so I switched back to the cheaper variants and tried for another few minutes. Unfortunately this was 30 minutes before the trout farm was closing, so I had to head to the heavily stocked channels in order to be sure I came home with a few fish.

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In the channels catching fish is simple, people were dropping a bait mixture of trout pellets ground up with some flour and water and catching fish in under a minute. I thought of it as being like shooting fish in a barrel because the fish there are constantly hand fed and the way the farm is set up they rarely see smaller trout for prey or any other small fish. To make the most of this however and learn a few things I switched to the smaller 4.5 gram bell shaped lures. First cast in I dropped the lure to the bottom, then quickly brought the lure back up, instantly there was a strike, the way the fish responded was amazing, all fish within about 4 meters of the lure suddenly turned and quickly went towards the lure, those that sighted it made a huge attempt to take it, as the lure was almost out of the water one got there and grabbed it. I brought him out and gave him a few knocks on the head with the priest and threw him in the bucket.

I started to wonder if these fish would take anything presented to them, even if it wasn’t that important or spinning, so I took out a 2 gram lure for a test. I dropped it to the bottom in front of the fish, then raised the lure slowly without allowing it to spin, a few fish took a slight glance but that was it, basically no attention at all paid to it. Next I dropped it in again, let it sink and then brought it up slowly, initially without it spinning, no response from the fish again, then I gave the reel a single heavy crank, the fish again swarmed towards the direction the lure was spinning, I let it settle and the fish calmed again ignoring the lure, after this I cranked it again to bring it out of the water spinning as fast as I could, there was a couple of trout which literally jumped out of the water for the lure but missed.

The next drop I let it sink and cranked it towards the surface from the start and had another fish on the hook instantly. So the effects and way the spin lures operate is definitely the drawing point for trout, not just the fact an object is in their sights. The spinning action is a huge attractant, I also believe the multi coloured shine (iridescence) from these cheaper lures is a big drawing point for them too, they aren’t as heavy or solid but there are no signs they are behind the vibrax in effectiveness. The downside though is the smaller lures will only get about 10 meters or so from the shoreline, where as the weight on the vibrax you can easily cast huge distances. The cheaper spin lures are probably better for rivers where the distance isn’t that great. I’ll try for some perch on the vibrax and see how things go back at the local lakes, then hit up a few of the local creeks and rivers to try my luck.

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For a large range of well priced fishing lures and other fishing items, take a look at Ultimate Fishing (www.fishingtacklelures.com.au), they are based in Australia but ship worldwide for around €17.