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As a fairly new lure angler myself I'll just tell you what I've got in my bags since starting out. I've had a fair few fish including some big ones so I'll share the benefit of my research :)


I hope you find the list useful. Most of my lures are very well known and generally perform well, but of course I have my favourites like any angler.


Be careful though, some lures look better to an angler than to a fish, and buying them is addictive (*gulp*).


For the equipment, the top entry for each category is my jerkbait outfit, lower one is for medium lure fishing.


Lures are listed in no particular order, check weight is suitable to your rod when buying any lure.



Shakespeare Powerplay 7ft 2pc jerk bait rod

Bass Pro XPS Performance Graphite 6ft 1pc



Abu 6500 CT Mag Elite (High quality reel with tremendous power - also used for beach casting)

Quantum Accurist 501CX



50lb Berkley Fireline (You cannot beat it.)

30lb PowerPro (In testing at the moment...)



Fox 176lb solid wire traces with standard swivels.

Joe Bucher 90lb 7 strand wire with berkley swivels.


Surface Lures:

Heddon Crazy Crawler (Red/Yellow)

Bass Pro XPS Walkin' Frog (Brown Tiger)

Arbogast Hula Popper (Frog)

Heddon Zara Mouse (All colours, weedless - discontinued)

Heddon Moss Bros (Roach, weedless - discontinued colour)



Shakespeare Big S (Silver/Black)

Shakespeare Temptress (Orange Burst - these are crap imo...)

Abu Terminator Sinking 28g (Red/White)

Cotton Cordell Ripplin' Redfin (Black/Gold)

Cordell Thinfin 7g (Perch and Firetiger - a bit light for my rod to be honest)


Spinner/Buzz Baits

Various from Luremania.co.uk



Abu Garcia Toby (Perch)

Abu Atom (Blue/White)

Abu Hammer (Silver/Blue)

Abu Uto (Green/Bronze)

Rapala Minnow (Silver)

Rapala Minnow (Bronze/Black)

Rapala Minnow (Silver/Green)

Lucky Strike Lizard (Silver)

Kuusamo Professor 0 (Silver/Bronze)

Johnson Silver Minnow Weedless (Perch)



Mepps Aglia 5 (Fire tiger)

Mepps Mega Dressed Aglia (Fire tiger)


Soft Baits

Muskie Innovations Spring Dawg (Lime and Lemon)

Storm Wildeye Shad (Perch)

Storm 6" Shad Jig head (Herring)



Long forceps (almost useless as fish are hooked well with lures in general - still nice as a backup)

Strong pliers (Stanley from B&Q)

Strong wire cutters to cope with big hooks

Soft (wont hurt fish) but grippy gardening glove

Camera type bag to keep lures in when fishing

Plano tackle boxes for spare lures

Thigh & Chest Waders - Neoprene

Spare traces (at least 3 in my bag)

Reel lube

Small sheath knife (very sharp to cut braid in emergency)


I didn't include a landing net because I don't use one. But if you have never been taught how to glove a pike properly then a landing net is essential. An unhooking mat is also a good idea unless you are sure there is plenty of soft grass at the venue to unhook the fish on.


Thats about all I can think of just now. There is probably a bit more, but thats most of what I have.


The kit has been worth every penny, I really enjoy lure fishing. Best thing is, you can take the wife/girlfriend too as they like a walk around!


[ 12. June 2005, 07:47 PM: Message edited by: msutton ]

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I have been using shads lately with one large single hook, not only are they very effective lures IMHO but unhooking is so much easier. I may lose the odd fish but I can live with that. Storm Shads

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50lb Berkley Fireline (You cannot beat it.)

30lb PowerPro (In testing at the moment...)

you certainly can beat fireline, the other line you're testing beats it soundly
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50lb Berkley Fireline (You cannot beat it.)

30lb PowerPro (In testing at the moment...)

you certainly can beat fireline, the other line you're testing beats it soundly
To me, Berkley Fireline is the daddy of braids. I find others to be too thin in general. I've tried all sorts and I keep going back to it. It's simple line and performs very well, particularly when fishing near snags or other abrasions as the extra diameter makes it more resistant imo.
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Do you know of a good source for ABU Toby's? I found one source but not for the specific pattern I want.


I am looking for the 20g copper model.


One of my all time favourite lures but sadly I have none left.

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You mean like this one Ian. A lot of the old patterns seem to have disappeared from UK shops but seem to have survived in Sweden and Denmark


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http://shop.lundgrensfiske.com is the place to look. Service is excellent


[ 12. June 2005, 08:10 PM: Message edited by: argyll ]

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Argyll's suggestion is a good one. I go to Denmark fairly often and usually pick up my Abu and Landa stuff there. They have a much larger selection in their tackle shops.


eBay always seems to have plenty of older Toby patterns for sale though. There were quite a few this morning actually.


Oh, and please call me Martin everyone. I only chose the "msutton" name because I couldn't get "Martin".



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