Interesting facts about Fishing Lure Types

Published: 05th March 2009
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Recreational fishing relies most on the use of fishing lures. They consist of objects hung at the end of the line and they are designed to look like the prey of the fish that you want to catch. Color, vibration, movement and shape, all influence the capture as such. If there were no lures attached to the lines, the bait could pass unnoticed by the fish. All fishing lures have a hook on the end for the attaching of the bait. This hook also has the purpose of impaling the fish when it attacks the bait.

Lures can also help fishermen look for and actually find the places where fish may be hiding. Anglers move the fishing lures with progressive regular hand motions that make the plastic or fiber material look like swimming. The movement of the lure will also make light reflect and thus attract the attention of the fish.

Fishing lures fall into several categories depending on the manufacturing concept and the purpose they serve. A first type is the jig, a lead hook with a sharp tip onto which artificial or natural bait is placed. This is usually shaped like a minnow, worm or crawfish. Another category consists of the surface fishing lures that got their names because they are lighter than the jigs and therefore meant to float on the water and look like surface prey. The spoon lures are also for surface fishing; their shiny thin surface attracts the attention of the fish that mistake them for spawn.

Another category is that of plugs or crank-baits; these fishing lures allow rapid back and forth motion like that of small fish prey. In the popular group of artificial baits, bass worms and flies are extensively used.

Fishing lures are not an invention of our times, as they have been part of fishing ever since the appearance of this occupation. The change results from the possibility to manufacture the lures artificially; thus the most common materials for fishing lures are rubber, cork, plastic, wood and metal. Somehow, the decreased use of smaller fish species as baits poses no longer a threat for the survival of such small-sized specimens; consequently, the food chain will remain unaltered if regular living baits are not used extensively.

Another advantage of today's fishing lures is that they encourage recreational fishing without causing death of caught and released fish. The hooks attached to the fishing lures are no longer that dangerous for the fish and do not harm the mouth as deep as the old type hook varieties used to. Therefore, more and more fish survive after being released by amateur anglers.

Pete is an avid fisherman and owns two sites about fishing one is a fishing social network Fishing life today and his blog Game Sport Fishing more articles like this at Article Hop.



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