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The information below contains general information on the different types of products we stock, along with some details of both our own and other customers personal fishing advice, tricks and tips.

If you use our products and wish to provide further advice to help and assist other fishers / anglers, please feel free to contact us with your information.

The articles on this page are not a guarantee of any sort, but simply beginners advice for you to gain general information and for you to consider others opinions (if you wish) when starting your early fishing experience, which will hopefully make the road to catching fish a little bit easier and may assist you in forming your own personal fishing techniques.

Using the right equipment:

When purchasing spin lures and hard body lures below 4 grams in weight, we highly recommended that you own (or purchase) a high quality spin rod.

High quality spin rods are usually identified by a rating known as the "Lure Cast Weight", this is a range in grams that determines which lures the rod is designed to use. You will have no problems using a rod with a minimum lure cast weight of 1 gram, a maximum cast weight of 6 grams or more will ensure compliance with most spin lures on the market today.

This rating is not limited to spin lures alone and can also guide you when purchasing hard body lures and soft plastic lures within the rods weight range. Some rods may have a minimum cast weight of 2 grams, which is also an acceptable amount for most lures on the market. Rods with lure cast weights over 2 grams can also be extremely good, but you will need to remember to check the weight of the lure is over the minimum weight your rod will accept, otherwise it will be difficult to use the lure correctly.

Spin Lures:

Spin lures are a weapon of choice for most when it comes to fishing for trout and redfin (european) perch. Australian native Golden Perch (Yellow belly) are also known to take spin lures, however most people tend to use hard bodies.

Spin lures should not be confused with other spinnerbaits, in our store, spin lure means the in-line variety of spinnerbaits. Other spinnerbaits contain an outer spinner which is usually circling around a separately attached soft plastic lure. An in-line spin lure is different as it contains a thin metal rod down the centre, usually attached to this is a few small round plastic or metal balls, with a solid sliding central section which the balls will tap on during movement. At the top, a spinner (also known as a blade) is attached to the central rod which quickly spins around the outside when travelling through the water.

Other in-line spin lure designs remove the need for the sliding balls and solid moving centre by using a bell shaped design, inside the metal bell casing is a piece of brass which commonly appears similar to a mechanical gear. As the lure moves through the water, the outer bell and inner gear come in contact producing a noise different to the other type of in-line lure. On top of the metal bell can be a single small brass ball which comes in contact with the bell casing producing further noise and water disturbance as the lure travels. Some designs replace the top ball for a small arch shaped piece of brass, which dissipates water on a sharper angle producing a different type of water disturbance to attract the fish.

The way these lures normally work is the central in-line items will generate noise and water disturbance when travelling in the water, while the outer spinning metal blade circles very quickly around the centre of the lure, generating strong vibrations in the water along with a look that resembles a fish (or something edible) to species such as trout and redfin. Why trout and redfin love these lures is unknown, as not many other species will accept them so readily.

In my experience, when fishing with slightly heavier general rods or lower quality spin rods, the heavier lures (4 gram and over) work very well. However, when you use a high quality light spin rod with light line (~7lbs), the lighter spin lures work extremely well and allow you to perform actions with the lure which would normally be very difficult when using lower quality spin rods or a heavier / large / fairly solid fishing rod. With a proper high quality spin rod, you can also perform better actions with heavier lures, an added benefit is also a very large casting distance, a proper spin rod means the lures will travel much further than when using unsuited or lower quality spin rod.

For information on how to identify quality spin rods, please refer to the "Using the right equipment" section at the top of this page.

Differences between the bell shaped lures and shaft based lures is marginal, I tend to prefer using the bell shape to begin with but I have caught fish using straight shaft based lures with no noticeable difference in hook up rates or follows. Both are extremely good, the performance itself will come down to the quality of rod and line you are using. They don't call them spin rods for no reason! Using a spin rod and quality reel / line will greatly enhance your chances of getting a catch using spin lures, more so than the colours or design of spin lure you purchase. Most importantly, learning how to vary your returns will provide much of the skill you need to catch fish regularly, not only on spin lures but soft plastics and hard body crank type lures too.

Once you have the right gear and are confident, then it is worth trying out the different colours to see if you notice any difference. Personally I've caught trout on basically all colours, from reflective rainbow coloured spoons, to general flat colours and even plain silver / brass coloured lures. Redfin when fishing in clearer waters are pretty much a hit on any colour combination too, some people however swear by mainly red or red / black combinations. In murky / muddy / darker waters I tend to prefer using a brighter lure, in rainbow type colours to get their attention quicker, reflective rainbow colours go for trout too in these water conditions. Every fisher has their own preference when it comes to colour combinations, so take this only as beginners advice, as you progress and your varied retrieves get better you will become confident in varying lure colours and finding favourites yourself.

While these lures can work on some other fish, they are mainly the choice of trout and redfin fishers due to the large success of catching these species using spin lures.

 

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