The number of new lures introduced each year is astounding, and it’s a testament to the amount of time, money and effort designers put into developing baits that help anglers catch more and bigger fish.
However, there’s a long list of proven baits that have stood the test of time—lures that have caught a lot of fish in the past, and still can today. Here are a couple of my favorites that I think deserve a place in your tackle box, too.
Rapala’s Original Floating Minnow has been a mainstay for many anglers, especially when it comes to walleyes and pike. And if you’ve forgotten about its ability to catch large numbers of big largemouths and smallies, I suggest stocking up with a few and running them over shallow weedbeds, or pre- and postspawn staging areas. You’ll remember how they got to be so popular.
The legendary Hula Popper by Arbogast, is probably the first topwater most anglers ever fished. Well, it still can produce exciting surface action. These days I’ve found that it’s most productive on small lakes and ponds, and often outfishes modern topwaters by a large margin.
Keep The Classics Handy, But…
Even if you are traditional and like to stick with what works, there are a lot of baits that hit the market each year that are, indeed, bigger and better mousetraps. Some of these new lures were actually inspired by the classics and have only improved on the original action.
Some of which have actually combined a number of fish-producing actions into a single bait that maximizes the chances of a hungry fish eating the offering. Take the Booyah Poppin’ Pad Crasher for example. It combines the effective slop topwater presentation, yet also works on open water with the popper effect.
While keeping your go-to baits on speed-dial, it would also be to your advantage to keep tabs on what’s new to the fishing industry. You just might find a brand-new classic that will serve you years of high-octane fish-fighting action.