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The 50 Greatest Lures of All Time

The 50 Greatest Lures of All Time

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from buckhead wrote 5 years 14 weeks ago

They forgot lure no. 51: A quarter stick of dynamite. Works EVERY time!

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from stumpthumper wrote 5 years 14 weeks ago

Hard be a Rapala if you ask me.

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from Alex Pernice th... wrote 5 years 13 weeks ago

I have to say, the curly tail is my favorite lure for everything, and there are so many ways to use it, jigs, trailers, on a bare hook, the opportunitys are endless, now all you have to do is make a 50 best flys ever and i would hope the number 0ne would be the Clowser minnow.

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from doebait wrote 5 years 13 weeks ago

to me the best plug ever made was called a ( scrambled egg).it was a good bass and jack fish plug.the company that made it went out of business and wouldn't sell the patent to it.would love to see it back on the market again.people that still own one wont sell theres or fish with them for fear of losing them forever!

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from JasonP wrote 5 years 13 weeks ago

What about bucktails? How could the list not have bucktails?

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from troutrageous1 wrote 5 years 13 weeks ago

Personally, I think Panther Martin spinner & Yamamoto Senko are both slightly underrated on this list. I'd definitely put the a dressed PM in front of a Rooster Tail in a heartbeat.

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from kaponas1 wrote 5 years 12 weeks ago

The curly tail works great for our monster smallmouth we have on the columbia river. For Chinook Salmon It's The K-16 Kwikfish wrapped with sardine and the best lure for Steelhead is a lil corkie and yarn...

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from koeka wrote 5 years 12 weeks ago

FISHING TIP RE:ZARA SPOOK for Striped Bass/Blue Fish.
Old timer gave me this awesome tip, drill a BB size hole about 1/4" or a bit more behind the eyes directly along the spine. Put a tsp of mineral oil or cod liver oil and seal with silicone.(just enough for it to float with the head bobbing upward) In the surf this extra weight will scream the lure an extra 30 yrds (more if you use braided line)and the stripers smash em. They're also cost effective $5, so if you lose em it doesn't sting as much!

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from bulldogbuck wrote 5 years 11 weeks ago

Panther martin is a great lure, but I have hooked over 10 types of fish on a single rooster tail. I would have ranked it a little higher.

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from Jesse wrote 5 years 10 weeks ago

in my apinion the sketter pop frog by rapala is the best bass lure ever made

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from Taylor Fitzpatrick wrote 5 years 10 weeks ago

I've cought more bass on a rubber worm then any other lure. Jurking them on the retreve will increase the amount of strickes also

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from huffman1894 wrote 5 years 9 weeks ago

say that again

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from hnestle wrote 5 years 9 weeks ago

If all else fails I use a Mepps Aglia. I don't alway catch the big ones, but sometimes I just like to catch fish.

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from archer88 wrote 5 years 9 weeks ago

caught 20 bass on a rapala hoola pooper over the weeds one day last fall smallest one was 15 inches ever since that day ive been poppin!

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from buckhunter wrote 5 years 9 weeks ago

Rapala Original Floating Minnow.

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from wsimien wrote 5 years 9 weeks ago

With all these sweet lures its no wonder these fish don't stand a chance. Its amazing being able to watch the lure design evolve in this gallery. What will they think of next?

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from wsimien wrote 5 years 8 weeks ago

Forgot to mention, where is the saltwater love? Should be titled the 50 Greatest Freshwater Lures.

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from cwolf5 wrote 5 years 8 weeks ago

My fav is the Pop-R I catch more on that..

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from Dan35 wrote 5 years 8 weeks ago

I'd have to put the buzzbait near the top of the list. What it lacks in diversity of fish species it more than makes up for in hellyeah.

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from buck hunter 17 wrote 5 years 8 weeks ago

i like them all the ones that i have that are in here all work really good.

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from fanaticalfisherman wrote 5 years 8 weeks ago

Panther Martin spinners are the all time best trout lure out there I have caught all sizes of brook trout from all times of the year on them cant beat em

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from upnorthson wrote 5 years 8 weeks ago

hard to beet a good mepps or a nice daredivel

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from buckshot89 wrote 5 years 7 weeks ago

the red and white dare devil spoon is great. i caught my 42 inch pike on one...

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from mullerbill wrote 5 years 7 weeks ago

can you tell us more about the scrambled egg plug? what did it look like design colors any pictures?

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from streack wrote 5 years 7 weeks ago

You will find my tackle bag full of assorted jigs, tails, rapalas, and little cleos.

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from squirellhunter wrote 5 years 6 weeks ago

They sure didnt forget #25. The jitterbug works good as the suns going down in the summertime espeacaily around brush.

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from hickboy518 wrote 5 years 5 weeks ago

its like lookin in my tackle box

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from jmcctheboss23 wrote 5 years 3 weeks ago

jitterbug is byfar my favorite lure of all time i have caught so many fish on this lure it isn't even funny

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from bobbywade wrote 5 years 2 weeks ago

i also like the Bomber model B

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from bobbywade wrote 5 years 2 weeks ago

i also like the Bomber model B

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from cookie22 wrote 5 years 2 weeks ago

mepps are still no.1 in my book hard to beat these little spinners

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from TroutLoon355 wrote 5 years 6 days ago

I think that we all underestimated the old Johnson Sprite Spoon. Even though they are originally ment for redfish, they have produced some rainbows and largemouths over and over again

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from Ralph the Rifleman wrote 4 years 46 weeks ago

Actually, the Daredevle spoon rotates 360 degrees instead of the "wobble" effect as the Cleo, or the Darting action of the Kast Master, so a steady retrieve is a better presentation for this lure!

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from elaphant444 wrote 4 years 44 weeks ago

what about an erie derie , all you do is let it drift with a worm (optional) and waleye will be left and right

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from AndyH wrote 4 years 44 weeks ago

What about the old Wounded Minnow. I caught some of my first fish on the wounded minnow, about 30 years ago. Lost that lure some time back, and haven't found one like it since.

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from churro73 wrote 4 years 44 weeks ago

i'd put shad rap up higher

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from elaphant444 wrote 4 years 44 weeks ago

what about scumfrogs.

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from elaphant444 wrote 4 years 44 weeks ago

when im trout fishing kastmasters work farely well , so do panther martin lures .

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from elaphant444 wrote 4 years 44 weeks ago

the panther martin is very underated on the list, it is my favorite trout lure.

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from matouse3 wrote 4 years 44 weeks ago

Storm Thunderstick, Silver with black back

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from DakotaMan wrote 4 years 43 weeks ago

Seeing all these great lures brings back many great memories as I have caught some great fish on nearly every one of them. One lure that used to slay bass that I haven't hear mentioned is the Bassareno in frog or in red and white. Back in the 60's living in South Dakota, that was my go to plug for bass when nothing else was working. I caught tons of bass on it and I don't hear too much about it anymore...

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from Flbassin wrote 4 years 41 weeks ago

I liked seeing the wide range of lures but Fail!The Lucky 13 should have been in there for sure. Nice gallery though

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from rudyglove27 wrote 4 years 40 weeks ago

Me too like the Bomber model B!

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from BarkinSpider wrote 4 years 39 weeks ago

Can't beat the classics!

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from hunternangler wrote 4 years 39 weeks ago

I usely use the teeny torpedo.I took it to my aunts pond and it worked great the largemouth bass woulg pop it with their tails then take it and run with it.I caught four with it in 30 minutes.I would have caught more but I had to leave, the biggest weighed 2 pounds.I would have done better but it was about 100 degrees outside.

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from GeoR wrote 4 years 39 weeks ago

For striped bass, I love the Stan Gibbs pencil popper, even if it does wear out your wrist and arm.

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from fisherdude wrote 4 years 38 weeks ago

the Hulapopper is my favorite lure

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from bgreen902 wrote 4 years 37 weeks ago

the flatfish is mY favorite lure..caught a 24 3/4 inch rainbow on one of these about 2 months ago..comin back from the taxidermist soon

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from GMW1229 wrote 4 years 37 weeks ago

I love my Eppinger Dardevle!

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from rhansen wrote 4 years 37 weeks ago

Its hard to beat the hula popper and the dardevle. I have never used either of them without getting at least one fish per hour.

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from mcdlacrosse9 wrote 4 years 36 weeks ago

Those Rat-L-Traps are amazing lures. Its a great way to get someone started with bass fishing as a steady retrieve works very well. I've caught anything from Perch to Largemouth to Walleye on the same lure, same pattern, in 3 different states.

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from BigBuckHunterDan wrote 4 years 36 weeks ago

Daredevils are some of the best.

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from colt45 wrote 4 years 36 weeks ago

There is a great lure made in alberta, canada called the len thompson series-they are spoons, many different color patterns-i love them all-for any fishing i do.

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from steveroberts wrote 4 years 34 weeks ago

how do you use the rigged? curly tail grub?

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from yahoo wrote 4 years 34 weeks ago

Man, the best lure has to be the Rapala original floaters and some Panther Martins. But what really works for me are some of the Thomas Cyclones which to fish, they look like scales on a minnow

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from snowmanusmc wrote 4 years 33 weeks ago

these are all great lures it's a good list for new fishermen to start with. The little hints and tips is what makes this a super list. It's a good place to start to help teach kids how to fish. pass the love of the sport on, while enjoying our old favorites.

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from Hunt_Hard wrote 4 years 29 weeks ago

I cant believe the Blue Fox Classic Vibrax Spinner isn't on here! I think I have caught 50% of all my fish on this lure...

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from Logan123 wrote 4 years 29 weeks ago

I love using a simple jig for a variety of species

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from puffadderbite wrote 4 years 29 weeks ago

Ive had the best luck using these lures,..
1) Devils Horse
2) double spin buzz bait
3)Pumpkin seed rubber worm with a rattler
4) Blue Fox Vibrax

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from Christian Emter wrote 4 years 28 weeks ago

Go Panther Martin.

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from crowdpleaser73 wrote 4 years 26 weeks ago

One of my top 5 favorite lures. I have a few of them top tray of my bass box. About the only lure i've climbed trees and dove under logs for.

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from dcrocks6 wrote 4 years 23 weeks ago

you need to put up the zoom super fluke. put them on a size 2 worm hook texas rigged and just snake them along the top or just twitch them and let them sit either way its a great lure

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from Gregory L Hall wrote 4 years 22 weeks ago

Smallmouth will eat'em up

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from walleyeasassin wrote 4 years 20 weeks ago

Husky jerks and bucktails have produced walleye for me

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from coho310 wrote 4 years 17 weeks ago

Floating Rapalas kick butt! They forgot bucktails, though.

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from Joshua Rust wrote 4 years 17 weeks ago

Terrific choice for number 1! I mostly fly fish, but I always keep a box of these handy and still catch plenty of fish on them. One time I caught 6 different species of fish on one in one day...and don't forget what a white one does to the white bass!

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from Robert Hockett wrote 4 years 10 weeks ago

The only thing a hula popper ever caught was ME, in the baitshop. I kept it in my box just for laughs.

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from Robert Hockett wrote 4 years 10 weeks ago

Like DakotaMan said, I cannot believe the Bass-O-Reno wasn't even mentioned. The Bass-O-Reno goes back decades and was what I used to call the "cheater lure". If fish aren't hitting on anything, put the Bass-O-Reno on, I believe I have ALL these lures in at least one of my too many tackleboxes. Lures are greatest at catching fishermen in the bait stores. They caught me every time along with all the fishing magazines. Come to think of it, I didn't see strip-ons shown either. ahhh kids

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from Btru5507 wrote 4 years 2 weeks ago

My favorite lure would be the baby brush hogs. They work really well

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from sweetangler wrote 3 years 46 weeks ago

Number 3 is the worst lure ever. I have fished that for 20 years and never had a bite. It is bull.

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from nylebakker wrote 3 years 46 weeks ago

I will take a jitter bug to my grave

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from hunternangler wrote 3 years 44 weeks ago

caught a 5 1/2 poung bass on my first cast with teeny torp

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from VT wrote 3 years 44 weeks ago

I have just a straight up neon yellow jitterbug, never really had the patience to use it but I'll have to give it another shot this weekend.

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from VT wrote 3 years 44 weeks ago

I have just a straight up neon yellow jitterbug, never really had the patience to use it but I'll have to give it another shot this weekend.

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from minnow hunter wrote 3 years 38 weeks ago

for the torpedo don't forget largemouths. I have seen bass over four lbs. hit these.

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from trout master wrote 3 years 37 weeks ago

My favorite lure has always been a countdown rapala rainbow caolor its great i think you could catch just about every fresh water fish wuth a rapala.

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from zach rhodes wrote 3 years 35 weeks ago

Great selection of lures. nice choices.

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from Trcourtney wrote 3 years 35 weeks ago

Love number2 catch fish with it a lot

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from mrvnbama wrote 3 years 34 weeks ago

very hard to find any fault with this lure. one of my favorites.

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from pike slayer wrote 3 years 34 weeks ago

number3 catches tons

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from CPTBLK869 wrote 3 years 34 weeks ago

I hope you have included the christmas tree bomber white and green with silver flakes.It was one of my favorites for night time fishing bass in lakes and large stripers on Arizona lakes as a guide. I couldn't keep them on the shelf in my tackle shop.

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from CPTBLK869 wrote 3 years 34 weeks ago

Come on guys Hawaiian Wiggler, Torpedo spin stick, and Mechanics Illustrated black bird lure 1950 edition is missing,just kidding about the black bird, but the other two are definite keepers. So for the guy asking about the buck tail there you go the Hawaiian wiggler was tied with buck tail, and i agree it was a awesome lure for pike and muskie on my early fishing trips with dad to Minnesota as a kid, longer ago than i want to think about.

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from Badgerfan16 wrote 3 years 33 weeks ago

cant beat those panther martins

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from toekanarie wrote 3 years 33 weeks ago

Hedon superspook the best surfuse lure there is

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from Natronis wrote 3 years 33 weeks ago

Jitterbug, jitterbug, jitterbug...

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from brucemark30 wrote 3 years 16 weeks ago

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from fish slayer wrote 3 years 3 weeks ago

the best

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from carolmarie wrote 3 years 3 weeks ago

Terminator T-1 Spinnerbait This is something I would have hung high above my sons or daughters crib when he they were a babe. To be used as a mobile /much more entertaining than butterflies and bumblebees~tho I suppose a few fish would enjoy those as an appetizer~lol

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from carolmarie wrote 3 years 3 weeks ago

Little Cleo? Where is the photo for this elusive lure? I won't sleep until I see it.

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from smyers wrote 3 years 1 week ago

the dare devil should be nuber 1
wat the heck is the curly tail doing at number 1
its a good lure but not nuber1 material

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from rowenwyo wrote 3 years 1 week ago

My Tops: Trout; Panther Martin sizes 4 & 6, Mepps Aglia sizes 1 & 2, Hares ear. Bass; Berkley 3" craw pumpkin or watermelon, Rapala Shad Rap, Bead head hares ear. Walleye; Curly Tail grub, Rapala Jig n Rap, Chartruse Wooly Bugger. Pike; Red & White Daredevle, Musky Killer, Dragonfly Dry Fly on steel tippet. Bullhead; Berkley 7" power worm, olive marabou jig, black wooly bugger

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from sjlgators wrote 3 years 1 week ago

I was raised in South Florida and spent endless days fishing for Bass. The only lures I used were a 3" black/silver Rapala floating minnow and 6" grape Mann's jelly worms. I rarely went home without catching something!

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from brasspounder wrote 3 years 1 week ago

As an Arbogast fan, I'm sorry you left out the Hawiaian Wigglers No.'s 1, 2, 2-1/2, and 3. I believe the number 2-1/2 was the first of the inline sputterfuss baits.

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from Ga hunter wrote 3 years 5 days ago

The tiny torpedo and rapala are 2 of my favorite topwaters!

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from Voodoods wrote 2 years 43 weeks ago

I wish they would go back and fix these articles- all of the sizes for the lures are listed as gibberish - "A¿¿-ounce lure" tells me nothing hehe.

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from breeze717 wrote 2 years 42 weeks ago

Good list. I personally like a Hula popper, and love my rooster tails.

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from eklayman wrote 2 years 34 weeks ago

i just got these amazing lures and i have already caught over 30 fish in a week.including a bass that was a good 8 lbs. i got it from bass pro shops and it is a plastic heavy salt worm that is called "Okeechobee Magic". it is a little brownish on the bottom with a sparkkly blue top. and trust me if you try this you will catch ALOT of fish

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from KALEB THE FISH ... wrote 2 years 33 weeks ago

i like little cleo's and phoebes

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from hawkeye1944 wrote 2 years 20 weeks ago

I am offended ! No mention of the Heddon Lucky thirteen or Tiny thirteen. Give me a break !! LOL LOL

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from bestbait wrote 2 years 17 weeks ago

Good post. Personally I think it just depends on the person and if they like lures or live bait. They both can be very benefitical.

from: http://bestbaitforfishing.com

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from chuckd wrote 2 years 17 weeks ago

1 word for the shorebound angler with a spinning rod: kastmaster.

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from jbdawz wrote 2 years 5 weeks ago

There are alot of good ones here but after going through the list i have to ask "where is the Hawaiian Wiggler?

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from DonH wrote 2 years 5 days ago

I feel you missed an important lure - the Bass Oreno. For topwater excitement, the Bass Oreno worked slowly will catch some big largemouth when they won't take anything else.

First marketed in 1916, you can still buy them today. That alone says they do catch fish.

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from 357 wrote 1 year 43 weeks ago

I would happily have any of these lures in the box. Though my favorite is just to toss a jig out and work it along the bottom.

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from Mads Leonard Holvik wrote 1 year 42 weeks ago

I agree with another poster that the Panther Martin is the best spinner, not Meps. I don`t believe anything works better in small streams with dark coloured trout than the bronze coloured 4 grams panther martin with black and yellow dotted body.

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from Jayboid wrote 1 year 41 weeks ago

This has to be one of the most fun fishing articles I've ever had the pleasure to read/dig through tackle/discuss with others/....

Over 50 years of fishing, and I now have to use the real names of some of my favorites. Been using local nicknames for many of these fine lures.

Thank you for including the hard to find KO Wobbler......the only spoon trolled on the White River trouting I've used which attracts the bass once in a while.

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from Rob Martin wrote 31 weeks 7 hours ago

Looked through all 55 Lures and there is no mention about one of the best lures of all times, "Little George" By Manns Bait company. That little tail spin Lure has caught it's share of fish and continues to catch a lot of fish to this day, just find it odd that it did not make it on here is all...

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from Rob Martin wrote 31 weeks 7 hours ago

Looked through all 55 Lures and there is no mention about one of the best lures of all times, "Little George" By Manns Bait company. That little tail spin Lure has caught it's share of fish and continues to catch a lot of fish to this day, just find it odd that it did not make it on here is all...

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from Rob Martin wrote 31 weeks 6 hours ago

Let's not forget the "Road Runner" from Blakemore Bait company, and the "beetle spin"...Fantastic Lures and are still very popular today...

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from Rob Martin wrote 31 weeks 6 hours ago

The Dare Devil is fantastic spoon tied on with a perfection Loop or a loop knot...add 1/4 oz bullet weight 12" in front of Spoon add a plastic bead on for a stopper, so the weight does not slide down line and hamper the ability of the Dare devil's action, in deep water you will slay the Kokanee Salmon...

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from Alex Pernice th... wrote 5 years 13 weeks ago

I have to say, the curly tail is my favorite lure for everything, and there are so many ways to use it, jigs, trailers, on a bare hook, the opportunitys are endless, now all you have to do is make a 50 best flys ever and i would hope the number 0ne would be the Clowser minnow.

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from JasonP wrote 5 years 13 weeks ago

What about bucktails? How could the list not have bucktails?

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from troutrageous1 wrote 5 years 13 weeks ago

Personally, I think Panther Martin spinner & Yamamoto Senko are both slightly underrated on this list. I'd definitely put the a dressed PM in front of a Rooster Tail in a heartbeat.

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from koeka wrote 5 years 12 weeks ago

FISHING TIP RE:ZARA SPOOK for Striped Bass/Blue Fish.
Old timer gave me this awesome tip, drill a BB size hole about 1/4" or a bit more behind the eyes directly along the spine. Put a tsp of mineral oil or cod liver oil and seal with silicone.(just enough for it to float with the head bobbing upward) In the surf this extra weight will scream the lure an extra 30 yrds (more if you use braided line)and the stripers smash em. They're also cost effective $5, so if you lose em it doesn't sting as much!

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from buckhunter wrote 5 years 9 weeks ago

Rapala Original Floating Minnow.

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from squirellhunter wrote 5 years 6 weeks ago

They sure didnt forget #25. The jitterbug works good as the suns going down in the summertime espeacaily around brush.

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from stumpthumper wrote 5 years 14 weeks ago

Hard be a Rapala if you ask me.

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from bulldogbuck wrote 5 years 11 weeks ago

Panther martin is a great lure, but I have hooked over 10 types of fish on a single rooster tail. I would have ranked it a little higher.

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from hnestle wrote 5 years 9 weeks ago

If all else fails I use a Mepps Aglia. I don't alway catch the big ones, but sometimes I just like to catch fish.

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from Christian Emter wrote 4 years 28 weeks ago

Go Panther Martin.

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from Taylor Fitzpatrick wrote 5 years 10 weeks ago

I've cought more bass on a rubber worm then any other lure. Jurking them on the retreve will increase the amount of strickes also

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from Dan35 wrote 5 years 8 weeks ago

I'd have to put the buzzbait near the top of the list. What it lacks in diversity of fish species it more than makes up for in hellyeah.

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from fanaticalfisherman wrote 5 years 8 weeks ago

Panther Martin spinners are the all time best trout lure out there I have caught all sizes of brook trout from all times of the year on them cant beat em

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from hickboy518 wrote 5 years 5 weeks ago

its like lookin in my tackle box

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from jmcctheboss23 wrote 5 years 3 weeks ago

jitterbug is byfar my favorite lure of all time i have caught so many fish on this lure it isn't even funny

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from bobbywade wrote 5 years 2 weeks ago

i also like the Bomber model B

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from cookie22 wrote 5 years 2 weeks ago

mepps are still no.1 in my book hard to beat these little spinners

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from DakotaMan wrote 4 years 43 weeks ago

Seeing all these great lures brings back many great memories as I have caught some great fish on nearly every one of them. One lure that used to slay bass that I haven't hear mentioned is the Bassareno in frog or in red and white. Back in the 60's living in South Dakota, that was my go to plug for bass when nothing else was working. I caught tons of bass on it and I don't hear too much about it anymore...

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from fisherdude wrote 4 years 38 weeks ago

the Hulapopper is my favorite lure

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from GMW1229 wrote 4 years 37 weeks ago

I love my Eppinger Dardevle!

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from rhansen wrote 4 years 37 weeks ago

Its hard to beat the hula popper and the dardevle. I have never used either of them without getting at least one fish per hour.

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from mcdlacrosse9 wrote 4 years 36 weeks ago

Those Rat-L-Traps are amazing lures. Its a great way to get someone started with bass fishing as a steady retrieve works very well. I've caught anything from Perch to Largemouth to Walleye on the same lure, same pattern, in 3 different states.

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from yahoo wrote 4 years 34 weeks ago

Man, the best lure has to be the Rapala original floaters and some Panther Martins. But what really works for me are some of the Thomas Cyclones which to fish, they look like scales on a minnow

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from snowmanusmc wrote 4 years 33 weeks ago

these are all great lures it's a good list for new fishermen to start with. The little hints and tips is what makes this a super list. It's a good place to start to help teach kids how to fish. pass the love of the sport on, while enjoying our old favorites.

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from Hunt_Hard wrote 4 years 29 weeks ago

I cant believe the Blue Fox Classic Vibrax Spinner isn't on here! I think I have caught 50% of all my fish on this lure...

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from coho310 wrote 4 years 17 weeks ago

Floating Rapalas kick butt! They forgot bucktails, though.

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from doebait wrote 5 years 13 weeks ago

to me the best plug ever made was called a ( scrambled egg).it was a good bass and jack fish plug.the company that made it went out of business and wouldn't sell the patent to it.would love to see it back on the market again.people that still own one wont sell theres or fish with them for fear of losing them forever!

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from kaponas1 wrote 5 years 12 weeks ago

The curly tail works great for our monster smallmouth we have on the columbia river. For Chinook Salmon It's The K-16 Kwikfish wrapped with sardine and the best lure for Steelhead is a lil corkie and yarn...

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from huffman1894 wrote 5 years 9 weeks ago

say that again

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from wsimien wrote 5 years 9 weeks ago

With all these sweet lures its no wonder these fish don't stand a chance. Its amazing being able to watch the lure design evolve in this gallery. What will they think of next?

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from wsimien wrote 5 years 8 weeks ago

Forgot to mention, where is the saltwater love? Should be titled the 50 Greatest Freshwater Lures.

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from cwolf5 wrote 5 years 8 weeks ago

My fav is the Pop-R I catch more on that..

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from buck hunter 17 wrote 5 years 8 weeks ago

i like them all the ones that i have that are in here all work really good.

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from upnorthson wrote 5 years 8 weeks ago

hard to beet a good mepps or a nice daredivel

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from buckshot89 wrote 5 years 7 weeks ago

the red and white dare devil spoon is great. i caught my 42 inch pike on one...

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from mullerbill wrote 5 years 7 weeks ago

can you tell us more about the scrambled egg plug? what did it look like design colors any pictures?

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from streack wrote 5 years 7 weeks ago

You will find my tackle bag full of assorted jigs, tails, rapalas, and little cleos.

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from bobbywade wrote 5 years 2 weeks ago

i also like the Bomber model B

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from TroutLoon355 wrote 5 years 6 days ago

I think that we all underestimated the old Johnson Sprite Spoon. Even though they are originally ment for redfish, they have produced some rainbows and largemouths over and over again

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from Ralph the Rifleman wrote 4 years 46 weeks ago

Actually, the Daredevle spoon rotates 360 degrees instead of the "wobble" effect as the Cleo, or the Darting action of the Kast Master, so a steady retrieve is a better presentation for this lure!

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from elaphant444 wrote 4 years 44 weeks ago

what about an erie derie , all you do is let it drift with a worm (optional) and waleye will be left and right

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from AndyH wrote 4 years 44 weeks ago

What about the old Wounded Minnow. I caught some of my first fish on the wounded minnow, about 30 years ago. Lost that lure some time back, and haven't found one like it since.

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from churro73 wrote 4 years 44 weeks ago

i'd put shad rap up higher

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from elaphant444 wrote 4 years 44 weeks ago

what about scumfrogs.

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from elaphant444 wrote 4 years 44 weeks ago

when im trout fishing kastmasters work farely well , so do panther martin lures .

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from elaphant444 wrote 4 years 44 weeks ago

the panther martin is very underated on the list, it is my favorite trout lure.

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from matouse3 wrote 4 years 44 weeks ago

Storm Thunderstick, Silver with black back

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from Flbassin wrote 4 years 41 weeks ago

I liked seeing the wide range of lures but Fail!The Lucky 13 should have been in there for sure. Nice gallery though

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from rudyglove27 wrote 4 years 40 weeks ago

Me too like the Bomber model B!

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from BarkinSpider wrote 4 years 39 weeks ago

Can't beat the classics!

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from hunternangler wrote 4 years 39 weeks ago

I usely use the teeny torpedo.I took it to my aunts pond and it worked great the largemouth bass woulg pop it with their tails then take it and run with it.I caught four with it in 30 minutes.I would have caught more but I had to leave, the biggest weighed 2 pounds.I would have done better but it was about 100 degrees outside.

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from GeoR wrote 4 years 39 weeks ago

For striped bass, I love the Stan Gibbs pencil popper, even if it does wear out your wrist and arm.

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from bgreen902 wrote 4 years 37 weeks ago

the flatfish is mY favorite lure..caught a 24 3/4 inch rainbow on one of these about 2 months ago..comin back from the taxidermist soon

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from BigBuckHunterDan wrote 4 years 36 weeks ago

Daredevils are some of the best.

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from colt45 wrote 4 years 36 weeks ago

There is a great lure made in alberta, canada called the len thompson series-they are spoons, many different color patterns-i love them all-for any fishing i do.

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from steveroberts wrote 4 years 34 weeks ago

how do you use the rigged? curly tail grub?

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from Logan123 wrote 4 years 29 weeks ago

I love using a simple jig for a variety of species

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from puffadderbite wrote 4 years 29 weeks ago

Ive had the best luck using these lures,..
1) Devils Horse
2) double spin buzz bait
3)Pumpkin seed rubber worm with a rattler
4) Blue Fox Vibrax

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from crowdpleaser73 wrote 4 years 26 weeks ago

One of my top 5 favorite lures. I have a few of them top tray of my bass box. About the only lure i've climbed trees and dove under logs for.

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from Gregory L Hall wrote 4 years 22 weeks ago

Smallmouth will eat'em up

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from walleyeasassin wrote 4 years 20 weeks ago

Husky jerks and bucktails have produced walleye for me

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from Joshua Rust wrote 4 years 17 weeks ago

Terrific choice for number 1! I mostly fly fish, but I always keep a box of these handy and still catch plenty of fish on them. One time I caught 6 different species of fish on one in one day...and don't forget what a white one does to the white bass!

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from Robert Hockett wrote 4 years 10 weeks ago

Like DakotaMan said, I cannot believe the Bass-O-Reno wasn't even mentioned. The Bass-O-Reno goes back decades and was what I used to call the "cheater lure". If fish aren't hitting on anything, put the Bass-O-Reno on, I believe I have ALL these lures in at least one of my too many tackleboxes. Lures are greatest at catching fishermen in the bait stores. They caught me every time along with all the fishing magazines. Come to think of it, I didn't see strip-ons shown either. ahhh kids

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from Btru5507 wrote 4 years 2 weeks ago

My favorite lure would be the baby brush hogs. They work really well

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from nylebakker wrote 3 years 46 weeks ago

I will take a jitter bug to my grave

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from Badgerfan16 wrote 3 years 33 weeks ago

cant beat those panther martins

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from fish slayer wrote 3 years 3 weeks ago

the best

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from Jesse wrote 5 years 10 weeks ago

in my apinion the sketter pop frog by rapala is the best bass lure ever made

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from archer88 wrote 5 years 9 weeks ago

caught 20 bass on a rapala hoola pooper over the weeds one day last fall smallest one was 15 inches ever since that day ive been poppin!

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from dcrocks6 wrote 4 years 23 weeks ago

you need to put up the zoom super fluke. put them on a size 2 worm hook texas rigged and just snake them along the top or just twitch them and let them sit either way its a great lure

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from Robert Hockett wrote 4 years 10 weeks ago

The only thing a hula popper ever caught was ME, in the baitshop. I kept it in my box just for laughs.

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from sweetangler wrote 3 years 46 weeks ago

Number 3 is the worst lure ever. I have fished that for 20 years and never had a bite. It is bull.

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from hunternangler wrote 3 years 44 weeks ago

caught a 5 1/2 poung bass on my first cast with teeny torp

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from VT wrote 3 years 44 weeks ago

I have just a straight up neon yellow jitterbug, never really had the patience to use it but I'll have to give it another shot this weekend.

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from VT wrote 3 years 44 weeks ago

I have just a straight up neon yellow jitterbug, never really had the patience to use it but I'll have to give it another shot this weekend.

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from minnow hunter wrote 3 years 38 weeks ago

for the torpedo don't forget largemouths. I have seen bass over four lbs. hit these.

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from trout master wrote 3 years 37 weeks ago

My favorite lure has always been a countdown rapala rainbow caolor its great i think you could catch just about every fresh water fish wuth a rapala.

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from zach rhodes wrote 3 years 35 weeks ago

Great selection of lures. nice choices.

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from Trcourtney wrote 3 years 35 weeks ago

Love number2 catch fish with it a lot

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from mrvnbama wrote 3 years 34 weeks ago

very hard to find any fault with this lure. one of my favorites.

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from pike slayer wrote 3 years 34 weeks ago

number3 catches tons

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from CPTBLK869 wrote 3 years 34 weeks ago

I hope you have included the christmas tree bomber white and green with silver flakes.It was one of my favorites for night time fishing bass in lakes and large stripers on Arizona lakes as a guide. I couldn't keep them on the shelf in my tackle shop.

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from CPTBLK869 wrote 3 years 34 weeks ago

Come on guys Hawaiian Wiggler, Torpedo spin stick, and Mechanics Illustrated black bird lure 1950 edition is missing,just kidding about the black bird, but the other two are definite keepers. So for the guy asking about the buck tail there you go the Hawaiian wiggler was tied with buck tail, and i agree it was a awesome lure for pike and muskie on my early fishing trips with dad to Minnesota as a kid, longer ago than i want to think about.

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from toekanarie wrote 3 years 33 weeks ago

Hedon superspook the best surfuse lure there is

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from Natronis wrote 3 years 33 weeks ago

Jitterbug, jitterbug, jitterbug...

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from brucemark30 wrote 3 years 16 weeks ago

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from carolmarie wrote 3 years 3 weeks ago

Terminator T-1 Spinnerbait This is something I would have hung high above my sons or daughters crib when he they were a babe. To be used as a mobile /much more entertaining than butterflies and bumblebees~tho I suppose a few fish would enjoy those as an appetizer~lol

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from carolmarie wrote 3 years 3 weeks ago

Little Cleo? Where is the photo for this elusive lure? I won't sleep until I see it.

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from smyers wrote 3 years 1 week ago

the dare devil should be nuber 1
wat the heck is the curly tail doing at number 1
its a good lure but not nuber1 material

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from rowenwyo wrote 3 years 1 week ago

My Tops: Trout; Panther Martin sizes 4 & 6, Mepps Aglia sizes 1 & 2, Hares ear. Bass; Berkley 3" craw pumpkin or watermelon, Rapala Shad Rap, Bead head hares ear. Walleye; Curly Tail grub, Rapala Jig n Rap, Chartruse Wooly Bugger. Pike; Red & White Daredevle, Musky Killer, Dragonfly Dry Fly on steel tippet. Bullhead; Berkley 7" power worm, olive marabou jig, black wooly bugger

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from sjlgators wrote 3 years 1 week ago

I was raised in South Florida and spent endless days fishing for Bass. The only lures I used were a 3" black/silver Rapala floating minnow and 6" grape Mann's jelly worms. I rarely went home without catching something!

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from brasspounder wrote 3 years 1 week ago

As an Arbogast fan, I'm sorry you left out the Hawiaian Wigglers No.'s 1, 2, 2-1/2, and 3. I believe the number 2-1/2 was the first of the inline sputterfuss baits.

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from Ga hunter wrote 3 years 5 days ago

The tiny torpedo and rapala are 2 of my favorite topwaters!

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from Voodoods wrote 2 years 43 weeks ago

I wish they would go back and fix these articles- all of the sizes for the lures are listed as gibberish - "A¿¿-ounce lure" tells me nothing hehe.

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from breeze717 wrote 2 years 42 weeks ago

Good list. I personally like a Hula popper, and love my rooster tails.

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from eklayman wrote 2 years 34 weeks ago

i just got these amazing lures and i have already caught over 30 fish in a week.including a bass that was a good 8 lbs. i got it from bass pro shops and it is a plastic heavy salt worm that is called "Okeechobee Magic". it is a little brownish on the bottom with a sparkkly blue top. and trust me if you try this you will catch ALOT of fish

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from KALEB THE FISH ... wrote 2 years 33 weeks ago

i like little cleo's and phoebes

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from hawkeye1944 wrote 2 years 20 weeks ago

I am offended ! No mention of the Heddon Lucky thirteen or Tiny thirteen. Give me a break !! LOL LOL

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from bestbait wrote 2 years 17 weeks ago

Good post. Personally I think it just depends on the person and if they like lures or live bait. They both can be very benefitical.

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from chuckd wrote 2 years 17 weeks ago

1 word for the shorebound angler with a spinning rod: kastmaster.

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from jbdawz wrote 2 years 5 weeks ago

There are alot of good ones here but after going through the list i have to ask "where is the Hawaiian Wiggler?

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from DonH wrote 2 years 5 days ago

I feel you missed an important lure - the Bass Oreno. For topwater excitement, the Bass Oreno worked slowly will catch some big largemouth when they won't take anything else.

First marketed in 1916, you can still buy them today. That alone says they do catch fish.

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from Mads Leonard Holvik wrote 1 year 42 weeks ago

I agree with another poster that the Panther Martin is the best spinner, not Meps. I don`t believe anything works better in small streams with dark coloured trout than the bronze coloured 4 grams panther martin with black and yellow dotted body.

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from 357 wrote 1 year 43 weeks ago

I would happily have any of these lures in the box. Though my favorite is just to toss a jig out and work it along the bottom.

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from Jayboid wrote 1 year 41 weeks ago

This has to be one of the most fun fishing articles I've ever had the pleasure to read/dig through tackle/discuss with others/....

Over 50 years of fishing, and I now have to use the real names of some of my favorites. Been using local nicknames for many of these fine lures.

Thank you for including the hard to find KO Wobbler......the only spoon trolled on the White River trouting I've used which attracts the bass once in a while.

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from Rob Martin wrote 31 weeks 7 hours ago

Looked through all 55 Lures and there is no mention about one of the best lures of all times, "Little George" By Manns Bait company. That little tail spin Lure has caught it's share of fish and continues to catch a lot of fish to this day, just find it odd that it did not make it on here is all...

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from Rob Martin wrote 31 weeks 7 hours ago

Looked through all 55 Lures and there is no mention about one of the best lures of all times, "Little George" By Manns Bait company. That little tail spin Lure has caught it's share of fish and continues to catch a lot of fish to this day, just find it odd that it did not make it on here is all...

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from Rob Martin wrote 31 weeks 6 hours ago

Let's not forget the "Road Runner" from Blakemore Bait company, and the "beetle spin"...Fantastic Lures and are still very popular today...

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from Rob Martin wrote 31 weeks 6 hours ago

The Dare Devil is fantastic spoon tied on with a perfection Loop or a loop knot...add 1/4 oz bullet weight 12" in front of Spoon add a plastic bead on for a stopper, so the weight does not slide down line and hamper the ability of the Dare devil's action, in deep water you will slay the Kokanee Salmon...

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from buckhead wrote 5 years 14 weeks ago

They forgot lure no. 51: A quarter stick of dynamite. Works EVERY time!

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Whether you target bass or walleyes, trout or stripers and more, these are lures that actually work. Some selections are lures your granddad fished. Others are so new you might not have seen them yet. In all cases, though, you'll find a lure that catches fish, specified right down to size and color, along with just what to do when you're on the water.

Picking the perfect lure for a given situation is hard work, so I'll confess to a dirty trick. Before returning to a marina dock or my truck, I take the day's hot lures off my rods and put them away. To the same rods, I then attach lures that didn't work. That means the prying eyes of other anglers in the parking lot will be led astray, and I'll keep a secret to myself just a little longer.

Not this time, though. The lures on these slides are, indeed, the ones I use myself-a core collection distilled through 50 years on the water. They'll work for you, too.