Interesting Facts About Fishing Lures
Recreational fishing relies most on the use of fishing lures. They are objects hung at the end of the line and they are manufactured so as to imitate the regular prey of the fish the angler is after. Color, vibration, movement and shape, all influence the capture as such. If there were no lures attached to the lines, the bait could pass unnoticed by the fish. All fishing lures have a hook at the end onto which fishermen attach the bait. Once the fishing lures play their part, the fish gets hooked.
Lures can also help fishermen look for and actually find the places where fish may be hiding. Anglers move the fishing lures with progressive regular hand motions that make the plastic or fiber material look like swimming. The lure often reflects light contributing to attracting the fish even further.
Several categories describe fishing lures according to the manufacturing concept and the purpose they serve. The jig as a first mention consists of a sharp lead hook onto which we attach the natural or artificial bait. The bait is shaped in a such a way so as to resemble a worm, a craw-fish or a minnow. Another category consists of the surface fishing lures that got their names because they are lighter than the jigs and therefore meant to float on the water and look like surface prey. Last but not least, the spawn fishing lures have been created for surface fishing; their shiny thin surface attracts the attention of the fish that mistake them for the spawn.
Crank-baits and plugs fall in a different category; these fishing lures are designed to move at faster speeds and to go back and forth exactly as fish prey would. In the popular group of artificial baits, bass worms and flies are extensively used.
Fishing lures are not an invention of our times, as they have been part of fishing ever since the appearance of this occupation. What has changed about them is that today they have become artificial; thus the most common materials for fishing lures are rubber, cork, plastic, wood, and metal. Somehow, this seems to be better for the environment as the bait species required to catch the fish we tend to consume more would not become endangered; consequently, the food chain will be preserved if regular living baits are used restrictively.
Last but not least, with recreational fishing, caught and released fish have better chances of survival if artificial fishing lures are used. The hooks attached to the fishing lures are not very dangerous for the fish and do not impale the mouth as deep as the old type hook varieties used to. Therefore, more and more fish live after being released by amateur anglers.