A Beginner’s Guide to Fishing Lures

You will agree with me that fishing lures have advantages over baits (natural and live). They require no strict storage requirements and can be used over and over again. Lures are also not messy like live baits, salmon eggs and foodstuff.

How Lures Work

As the name suggests, lures are designed to trick fish into swallowing them, thinking they are their natural food. They are highly specialized and work in either of the two ways below.

  • 1. Imitating small fish, and other small creatures that fish prey on
  • 2. Colours and movements that attract fish

Types of Lures

There are several types of lures, as listed below.


These are lures that have metal oval-shaped spinner blades. The blades create movement when it is being pulled out, consequently attracting fish. Most are also painted with reflective colours to complement the blades’ movement.


Any pro fisher has tales of how effective crankbaits are. They have striking colours and look exactly like fish. However, they feature two pre-attached treble hooks and a protrusion upfront. Crankbaits are the best if you are trying to catch bass.


A jig is a lure that features a sinker with a hook moulded into it. Then, it is covered with soft material to entice fish. There are several types of jigs, including football jigs, flipping jigs, and swimming jigs.

The above are the most popular types of lures. Other worthy mentions include trolling lures, spoons, and buzz baits.

Why Choose Lures?

Natural baits seem the best choice for baits, but then, they are messy, smelly and disgusting at times. This is unlike lures that are neat, easy to handle and can be used to fish more than once.

But like two sides of a coin, lures are quite expensive compared to gathering worms, and grasshoppers from the neighbourhood.