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There are several types of fishing lures. They are the jig, wobbler, spinner, spoon lures and fly lures.

Lures can also be separated into Swim Baits, Crank Baits, Top Water, Jerk Baits and finally Trap varieties.

One important consideration to think about when selecting a lure is how deep the fish you are after is likely to feed at. You will want to select a lure that runs at that depth.

Jig Lure
The jig usually madeup of a lead sinker with a hook molded into it. There is then some sort of body on the shank of the hook. The jig is very versatile and can be used in both salt water as well as fresh water. Many species are attracted to the lure which has made it popular amongst anglers for years.

The Head
The head of a jig can consists of many different shapes and colors along with different features. The most common is the round head, but others include fish head shaped, coned shaped, or anything someone can think up. These heads come in many different weights usually ranging from 1/64 ounces to 1 ounce. They also can be found in a wide array of colors and patterns. The hooks also vary. These variances can be on the hook type, color, angle of the hook or the material of the hook. Some jig heads even offer a weed guard.

The Body
There is a wide array of bodies for jigs. The most common that can be found is made out of rubber or silicon. These come in many shapes can be a grub, frog shaped, fish shaped, paddle tail, lizards, or different bugs. The colors of these can range from bright yellow to a transparent brown with silver and red flakes. Another body that is often used is the combination of feathers, fur, rubber skirts, and other materials.

Wobbler Lure
A wobbler is a larger fishing lure, designed to resemble larger fishes than the jig. As the name signifies, it makes wobbling movements that are caused by the mouth dish that causes bad slipstream shapes.

The typical build of a wobbler consists of:

  • a body made out of wood or plastic, may be separated into two pieces joint by a small flexible link to enhance the impression of a fish whipping its tail fin.
  • a mouth dish, sometimes adjustable to change depth and wobbling movements of the lure. Hooks, often in groups of three hanging freely on a maximum of three points (front, middle and rear end) as this is the maximum number of hooks allowed on a single lure.
  • a ring for attaching the fishing line.

Spinner Lure
A spinner is a lure designed to make noise underwater in order to catch the fishes' attention instead of mimicking food.

The build of a spinner consists of a metal pin with a dish around it which will make noise when water is flowing by due to the fishing line being reeled in, almost like a fan or turbine. Below the dish metal weighs are placed in order to make the lure sink and to keep the dish from getting stuck in the hook which is placed at the end of the pin. The hook, which is a three-hooked version, as seen on the wobbler, is often camouflaged in a soft material like feathers.

Spoon Lure
A spoon lure is an oblong, concave metal piece resembling a spoon. The spoon lure is mainly used to attract fish by reflecting light and moving randomly.

The design of the spoon lure is simple; an oblong, concave metal piece with a shiny chrome or paint finish, and a single or treble hook on the end.

Fly Lure
A fly lure or Fly, or "pattern", is an artificial lure tied, most commonly, with thread, feathers, and fur, but may also include, lead (for weight), ribbon, tinsel, beads and other assorted materials.

Fly tying is becoming common practice in fly fishing. Many fly fishers tie their own flies, either following patterns in books, natural insect examples, or using their own imagination. The technique involves attaching small pieces of feathers, animal fur and other materials on a hook in order to make it attractive to fish. This is made by wrapping thread tightly around the hook and tying on the desired materials.

Generally, fly patterns are considered either "imitations" or "attractors." Imitations seek to deceive fish through the life-like imitation of insects on which the fish may feed. Attractors, which are often brightly colored, seek to draw a strike by arousing a response in the fish unrelated to feeding, or so it is thought.
There are four main categories of flies: dry fly, wet fly, streamer fly and nymph .
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