Spinners and spoons

Lures are artificial baits used for catching predatory fish which mistake them for smaller fish. There are three main types: the plug, which quite closely resembles a small fish and normally floats, the spinner and the spoon.

A spinner has a blade which rotates around a fixed-bar axis, while a spoon – as its name suggests — is a piece of metal shaped like a spoon. This does not usLially spin, but wobbles as it is retrieved.

The spoon

There are essentially three different types of spoon; the Norwich spoon, the Vincent and the Toby

The Norwich spoon is the basic version. It has an egg-shaped outline and has been popular for many years. It comes in various colours and with numerous names. Copper versions are popular. When they are wound in gently their slow wobble and COIOLU resemble an injured rudd. The Vincent looks similar to the Norwich spoon, but has a more elongated shape. It tends to give a slow, shallow wobble. The Toby is convex in shape and is also more elongated in its outline than the Norwich spoon. It is excellent for distance casting and fishing in deep water.

Spoons vary widely in colour, size and weight. However, the great variety of spoons, whatever their commercial brand name, fall into the above categories – even though they may have subtle variations in action.

The spinner

The three basic kinds of spinner are artificial minnows, buzzers and barspoons, also called blade spinners. Again, there are numerous variations and brand names for them, but the basic three patterns remain the same.

Barspoons Don’t be confused by the name – barspoons are really spinners! They have a wire axis, around which spins an egg-shaped blade which is attached at one end. Some of the smaller types are superb for trout, perch and chub, and they all work well with pike and with sea fish. They vibrate noticeably when retrieved, and can be drawn back very slowly.

There are a number of variations on the barspoon. The kidney spoon has a kidney-shaped blade. The Colorado spoon has wings and a blade at both ends. Minnows are made of wood, plastic, metal or quill, and are very like a small fish. They are driven by two side vanes, and adorned with tiny treble hooks. Unlike the bar-spoon, minnows are pure imitation and are very useful for game fishing. The buzzer, also known as the spinnertail, is a relative newcomer, and has become the most successful of all lures. It is a Y shaped bar of wire with a fluttering spoon on one arm and a hook, weight and colourful skirt on the other. There is no way that this could ever be mistaken for an imitation of any kind of animal.

Such has been the success of buzzers that they are now probably the most effective of all lures. It must be something in their movement and appearance that causes pike to strike instinctively. Fish them deep or TDUZZ’ them along the surface. Whatever other lures you buy, get some half-ounce buzzers in a variety of colours. When lure fishing, begin with a buzzer and then try the rest.