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  1. #11
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    Default Re: ''No one's laughing now''

    I am one that has been guilty of not using lures much even though I have watched my lad catch using them, I actually caught my first Pike on a spinner that I found in the mud by a pool, it weighed about a pound and I still cringe when I think about not having a trace but I was only around 10 years old, the chance to redeem myself has gone now as I am in no state to wander about lure fishing, its a loss I regret.
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  2. #12
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    Default Re: ''No one's laughing now''

    I enjoy a bit of lure fishing, but I always seem to catch more pike on sink-draw dead baits.

    Whether that is because I am not much good or whether the fish around here prefer deads who knows?


    I catch plenty of other fish on lures though.
    Look after your tackle and your tackle will look after you.

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    Default Re: ''No one's laughing now''

    I have just taken up lurefishing, i.e. jig- and dropshot fishing for perch. It's a great addition to my coarsefishing. I love it.

    As a kid I fished a lot with spoones and spinners, and metal lures in general. But then the float got me.

    Next step will be lurefishing for pike. I'm not there yet, but will be next year.
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  4. #14
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    Default Re: ''No one's laughing now''

    I have had the odd purple patch lure fishing but nothing to get too excited about.

    However this summer I have spent a lot of effort on the rivers lure fishing and the results have been exceptional. I am a convert, at least for the warmer months.

  5. #15
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    Default Re: ''No one's laughing now''

    A somewhat surprising response so far. It goes without saying that a proportion of the membership will have no interest in Pike, that's to be expected. But what I find difficult to understand is when otherwise competant anglers state, ''I'm rubbish at lure fishing'' when those same anglers can stand in the river and trot a stick float whilst feeding the swim with complete mastery. Same with the fly angler who can present a fly with deft accuracy and lay down the fly like thistledown.

    No one is born with these skills, they are honed over time with the inevitable cock ups along the way. And so it is with lure fishing, and all other diciplines.

    I along with several others can testify that lure fishing can be, and is equally as effective as soaking dead baits, both in terms of numbers and size once mastered.

    As always, the choice is up to the individual.

  6. #16
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    Default Re: ''No one's laughing now''

    Quote Originally Posted by Derek Gibson View Post
    A somewhat surprising response so far..... the fly angler who can present a fly with deft accuracy and lay down the fly like thistledown......
    I think you've hit the nail on the head there Derek!
    Many coarse anglers find 'spinning' contra-intuitive - in that they are taught to fish static baits in still water and moving baits in rivers that 'go with the flow' - and to make as little disturbance as possible.

    To start flinging lumps of wood/plastic/feather/metal in the swim then hauling them back against the current just seems 'wrong' to some of a more delicate disposition - not quite so much to us 'fluffchuckers' admittedly - and goes against the good sense of angling that is instilled in us from the start.

    Perhaps that's why some just can't get on with it - it's too different!
    Tight Lines!

  7. #17
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    Default Re: ''No one's laughing now''

    The truth is that modern lure fishing, ''well at least for the last thirty years'' bears only a passing resemblance to the days of, chuck it out and wind it back.

    There are lures available now that can be made to do things that the old timers couldn't have dreamed of, although much larger. The splash they create when hitting the water (which seems to concern certain individuals) is in reality the pikes dinner bell.

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    It also fits in with how many anglers fish these days owing to time constraints. No need to dash off to the tackle shop on Friday after work to get some bait.I've got a few set ups and rucksacks in the spare room, Pike lure gear and ultra light stuff and the in between. Go home think about what you would like to fish for the next day and pick up up the set up you want.

    The last few years as well as the main predatory species, like Pike, Zander, Perch and Chub. Roach, Rudd and Dace have also graced the net. Not an awful lot you can't catch on lures these days with the modern lures for sale.

    You can't beat floating cranks for Chub in the summer for explosive hits. Or gently working a bait along a near bank weed bed and that jolt up your arm as the lure get's whacked.

    Just good sport.

  9. #19
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    Default Re: ''No one's laughing now''

    I way I became a better lure angler, not just pike, was to leave all my other tackle at home. Caught plenty of other fish apart from Pike and Perch.

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    Default Re: ''No one's laughing now''

    Quote Originally Posted by Derek Gibson View Post
    There are lures available now that can be made to do things that the old timers couldn't have dreamed of
    Derek, when I was out on Sunday I was fishing a Savage Gear lure for most of the day and my mate was fishing a dead roach sink and draw.

    We both agreed that my lure looked far more attractive and life like.

    However...

    We split up for a short time and I had a follow from a low double pike three times before it disappeared without taking the lure.

    Being a sporting fella (!) I told my mate about it and told him to have a go in the same swim and sure enough after several casts the fish reappeared and took his roach right under the rod tip.

    I think that's one of my hang ups and mistakes with lure fishing, I'm not really doing it to incite an impulsive reaction and give the fish too much time on too slow a retrieve to be able to make its mind up?

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