ZOO SuperDork
12/22/11 6:22 a.m.

I need some information on fishing lures for a gift. I always thought all lures were the same, but then I suspect the recipient thinks the same about tires for his car.

Are there brands to watch for? A particular style? He will be freshwater fishing in Boreal forest lakes -- the Canadian Shield etc.

I am no where near a Bass Pro shop -- so they need to be somewhat "mainstream" (sorry for the pun) in their availability.


914Driver SuperDork
12/22/11 6:45 a.m.

It's worse than tires. What kind of fishing does he enjoy?


Brett_Murphy Dork
12/22/11 7:59 a.m.

As Dan said, it can get crazy. However, there are a few standbys.

You can't go wrong with Rapala lures- go with a perch pattern. J10 is a good size for just about anything. One in countdown and one in floating would be about $20 and I've never seen anybody turn their nose up at a Rapala.

Also, Mepps spinners are kind of the same way, as they have a pretty universal appeal.

cwh SuperDork
12/22/11 8:10 a.m.

Brett beat me to it. Rapalas have a universal appeal, and they work for almost any kind of fish. Can't go wrong there.

Brett_Murphy Dork
12/22/11 9:24 a.m.

My reply is a bit incoherent, but you wouldn't realize it unless were a fishing nut. Now that I've had my coffee:

A J10 perch pattern is a killer in Northern Lakes. Then, buy an additional Rapala, either a floating or a countdown, and you'll have spent $20.

Joe Gearin
Joe Gearin Associate Publisher
12/22/11 9:32 a.m.

Hula Popper FTW!

Surface lures are a blast to fish with (especially at night). Also "buzz" baits are great for Bass and Pike. A weedless frog would also be kinda funny (and damn effective in weedy areas)

Also a package of Mister Twister plastic worms are a stand-by for Bass, Pike, Walleye, and pretty much any fish with a mouth.

mtn SuperDork
12/22/11 11:29 a.m.

Big O, made by Cotten Cordell, is my go-to. It is mainstream, although I have a hard time finding it in a lot of places. Some Wal Marts have it, some Bass Pro's do not. Some small time shops have it, some do not.

pilotbraden Dork
12/23/11 8:50 a.m.

Panther Martin spinners, Rapalas, Hula Poppers, Jitter Bugs, Kastmaster and Mepps spinners. These baits will catch 90% of the fish 90% of the time in North America.

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