Artificial spinning lures
This rich and diverse group includes lures, designed to mimic the movement of typical predatory fish prey. Next to imitation fish – the basic food component of predators – it is also about imitations of other animals eaten by predatory fish from time to time: aquatic animals (e.g.. frogs), small land mammals (e.g.. mice). When fishing with spinning bait, the predator notices its presence in its surroundings not only with its eyesight (shape and color attract attention), but also the sideline (ripple of water, special sound effects emitted by certain types of baits). We leave the frequently discussed issues of similarity to natural patterns and the effectiveness of artificial lures for another occasion (we will come back to this in the description of fishing methods).
Artificial spinning lures constitute the richest group among fishing accessories. However, there is no objective criterion for classifying them. It seems most logical, taking into account the way they work, division into the following groups:
– standard spoon type spoons, which make zigzag movements while fishing, swinging from side to side; their shapes may be different;
– spinners built on the principle of a rotating blade placed on the axis ending with a hook; In principle, devons can also be included in this group;
– wobblers (wood, as well as plastic, floating and sinking, single and multi-unit);
– special depth spinners and vertical spinners – pilkery, zockery, mormyszki. Due to the function, some types of streamers should also be included here (Bucktails), jigs and twisters (we will say a few words about these lures in the pike chapter).