So far we have dealt only with plastic lures, but there are a great many manufactured in metal. This type is used extensively for shore spinning, and, to a lesser extent, trolling from small craft over inshore grounds. The range of shape and colour is bewildering. The newcomer to sea angling is easily confused by the profusion of different types, all of which profess to catch fish when, regrettably, most are designed to catch anglers. A recent estimate of the number of plastic, wood and metal lures originating in North America came to almost 4,000 kinds. While many are obviously the result of detailed study into the habits of certain species, the majority are completely worthless. It is a sad fact that many tackle shops in Britain now carry ar-tificials that are equally ineffectual. Before parting with your money, therefore, take advice from anglers with experience in fishing all kinds of artificial lures.
Spinning is now a very popular method with shore anglers. Develop-ment of suitable tackle has kept pace with the sport and hollow glass rods, fixed-spool and multiplier reels handle lures of |oz up to 4oz. All the beginner needs is a 7ft rod, a fixed-spool reel and 10lb b.s. Line—£25 buys a good-quality outfit from a reputable manufacturer.
Among the most successful metal lures for spinning are Toby, Drop-pen, Spinflasha and Wingflasha, which have accounted for many fine bass, pollack, mackerel and garfish.