Choosing Your Equipment for Lure Fishing

As for your reel, most will do providing that they're not too heavy. A relatively small fixed-spool reel -the one you probably use for float fishing on stillwaters or swim feeder fishing on rivers — will be ideal, providing it can take a 300 feet (90m) or so of 8 to 10 pound (3.6-4.5kg) line. If you're using a light rod, remember you don't want to use too heavy a reel with it. The whole outfit just won't feel right, even to a beginner. If you really get into the game, then you might want to use one of the little multiplier reels that are so popular in the US. However, this is probably best kept till later.

Your line is particularly important in lure fishing as it takes a lot of battering. Remember, if you're ledgering say, you tend to cast out and leave your bait there for half an hour or even longer. When you're lure fishing, your line is working constantly, never at rest. That's why it always pays to buy a good, strong, resilient line. You might even think of trying braid. If you do go for a braid, which is an expensive but very tough, long-lasting option, do make sure you read the instructions on its packaging. The manufacturers may recommend a particular type of knot and it does pay to follow their advice.

You'll also need a wire trace, even if you're going for non-toothy predators such as perch or trout. The problem is that a pike, walleye or zander could just as easily take the spinner and cut ordinary line with their sharp teeth. This means that you lose a lure but, worse than that, you leave a fish with a lethal piece of ironmongery in its mouth. So, wire traces always, please!

You'll also need at least one swivel. Without a swivel you get tremendous twisting of the line and this can leave it kinked and useless within just a few minutes. Swivels do have a lot of constant work to do, so make sure that you buy a recognized make and not something too cheap that will let you down.

Your lure will be attached to the wire trace by means of a snap link. This is the last and most crucial piece of your armoury; if it twists and bends under pressure then you'll lose that fish. So, once again, the absolute advice is to ask your tackle dealer for a good, strong, reliable make that will never let you down.

These things may cost you a little more, but they are essential — not just for your own success rate, but also for the good of the fish.

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