Predator & Pike Lures
Predators are known for their hunting instinct. They have to have it honed to near-perfection to detect and catch the prey that keep them fed. They're wild animals, and they're hungry, and all of this is exactly why Lure fishing works so well. That's why anglers invented predator lures.
Lure fishing is the art of using a predator fish's natural instincts to catch them. To that end, lures were invented. These are tied into a rig and dragged through the water, designed to be seen and mistaken for a foolish prey fish failing to keep to cover. Some mimic their target's food directly, some simply present a bright and obvious target to get their attention. Some use movement, some use colour, but many of these various approaches are useful in different situations.
Spinner lures comprise of a bright, normally shiny metal shaft, and a "blade" that will rotate in the water to attract the attention of nearby predators. This type of pike lure generally uses very basic colour and vibration stimuli to attract its targets. They're simple, and easy to use. Just cast and retrieve. An excellent predator lure for learning the ropes!
This type of lure is even simpler; just a metal tab, generally in the shape of a spoon, (Hence the name) although they can come in other shapes. The idea behind these is that the "wobble" motion they produce is similar to an injured fish, a sight many predators are more than happy to snap up. This offers a little more authenticity to the lure, while remaining simple and fairly easy to use.
Jigs & Jig Heads
A jig is a slightly more complicated lure with a more complicated method to make the most of them. Jig hooks generally include a weight to make it sink, but the main event is the soft rubber piece that acts as the actual lure. These types of pike lures generally have a more intricate method of use than Spinners and spoons; they were designed to be "Bounced" along the bottom of the swim, or as the name suggests, "Jigged" up and down. through the water. Unlike Spinners, which are designed to move horizontally through the water, Jigs work best when given some vertical movement. The lures themselves come in a variety of colours, and the heads can be found in a variety of sizes or weights.
While they're an exceptionally simple type of pike lure, jerk baits are a lot of work to use. Effectively, they're a painted and shaped piece of hardwood. They look quite similar to real fish when done right, however, they lack the motion to be effective without some effort. Hence the name; the angler needs to "Jerk" the lure randomly through the water in order to create the effect that predators respond to. This adds an extra element of skill if you're fond of that sort of thing, as well as giving you total control over the movement signals your pike lures send out.
Plugs are probably the most iconic of all the lures available. You've probably seen them in most tackle stores or anglers' kits. They're constructed from wood or plastic, painted and shaped like various types of bait fish, often with a pair of treble hooks attached. Where most lures will rise up naturally as you reel them in, Plugs possess a fin that ensures the opposite. When you begin to reel them in, they'll move down in the water, giving them an action that's unique among lures. The angle of this fin affects the depth of the Plug.
Alternatively, they can go the opposite direction entirely; some types are designed to skip along the surface of the water, making it excellent for surface fishing.
Soft plastics are another common type of predator lure. These versatile lures are made to crudely replicate all sorts of bait creatures, even going as far as frogs and other amphibians in some cases. Different designs are intended to mimic different prey animals, and there are a series of tail designs that alter the type of movement you'll see from the lure.
If you have a decent amount of money to throw about, there are also Replicants. These are detailed soft plastics that mimic the subject fish much more closely, to the point that many fish won't be able to tell the difference at all.
Predator lure brands
Here at Fishing republic, we know that the variety of fishing lures necessary to make the most of your session can be huge. That's why we offer a full spread from brands like Fox Rage and Salmo. Browse our website or visit your local fishing republic shop!