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The Incredible, Edible, Mepps In-Line Spinner!
Fishing For Norhern Pike & Musky With In-Line Spinners
One question I am frequently asked - as an avid Northern Pike & Musky angler - is, if you could only have one lure in your tackle box for trophy Pike & Musky, "what would it be?" My answer: The Mepps In-Line Spinner
Why you ask? Well, there are several important reasons...
· The Mepps In-Line Spinner is responsible for catching more trophy Pike & Musky than any other lure in recent history (save perhaps only the "spoon"). In other words, the lure plain old works, and belongs in your tackle box.
· These predators love color & flash - and the Mepps in-line spinner delivers! The blade of the in-line spinner is available in a variety of colors and sizes, as well as finishes and textures, providing you with ample options to visually appeal to this ambush predator. The most popular choices among anglers are the large blade sizes (4) or (5), with metallic finishes like "silver" or "brass", providing large amounts of "flash" just like the fleeing bait fish these water wolfs are used to chasing.
· Take advantage of the "sixth sense" that all fish have via their "lateral line" - vibration. The blade(s) of the Mepps In-line spinner delivers an absorbanant amount of both sound and vibration. Fish use their lateral line as a type of "sonar" to zero-in on their target, much like a bat uses "echo-location." This is particularly important in stained, muddy, or less visible water clarities.
Unlike this lures biggest competition "the spoon," the lure is extremely versatile.
1. The lure is generally far lighter than a conventional spoon , meaning it can be fished in a variety of appealing manners. You can fish the lure in deep water, by simply casting the bait and allowing it to sink before your retrieve.... or, you can burn the bait across the surface or in shallow water by retrieving the lure rapidly as soon as it hits the water.
2. With a few simple "adjustments" you'll be able to fish the lure in a variety of cover including heavy weeds, timber, rocks, & open water. One of my favorite tweaks, is to replace the standard treble hook with a swim-bait hook, allowing you attach a rubber worm or grub "texas-rigged," making the bait virtually weedless. This simple adjustment will allow you to easily navigate your bait through the heaviest of cover.