Lure of the Week
This week’s lure deserves a drum roll, however it loses its effect in type. Let me just say that in our little test pond behind The River Reporter, this lure performed better than anything else we’ve thrown yet. Just yesterday the sky was partly cloudy but the heat was up in the nineties and sweat was rolling off my head within minutes.
The Kastmaster by Acme Tackle Company is another great spoon to have in your tackle box for almost any fishing occasion. They function as most spoons do, with an alternating swing during the retrieve to mimic a swimming bait.
I’ll start off this week with a thank you to the folks at Acme Tackle for sending a Little Cleo to test. I personally love this fast-flashing little spoon and have used it a lot while trolling Duck Harbor in Pennsylvania.
With all of this overcast and rainy weather, many anglers will be switching to their topwater lures to take advantage of these late season conditions. Normally in August the water has warmed up and the oxygen levels have dropped and because of this the fish become more lethargic and less aggressive.
If you have been fishing very long at all, you will probably have seen this week’s lure, The Mepps Aglia French Spinner. In terms of spinners, there are endless colors and variations, body styles, and blade shapes.
In lieu of last weeks’ blog, I thought I’d review another lure in the synthetic polymer world, the Keitech minnow rig. There are a number of brands and varying shapes, but my review applies to the average beige plastic minnow, approximately four inches long with a flat circular tail designed to catch water and wiggle left and right like a wriggling baitfish.
This week, I’m going to deviate slightly from the straightforward piece of tackle in order to share a very widely appreciated rig. I was recently in Tom’s Bait and Tackle here in Narrowsburg picking up lures to try out when I got to talking with a river-guide named Mike.
One of my most successful and reliable lures is the Jitterbug. For anyone who knows the Jitterbug lure, it is a top-water lure made to mimic the sound and appearance of a mouse or small animal that has fallen from a tree or the clutches of a bird down to the surface of the water and is now struggling to swim.
Since last week I talked about the Krocodile, I thought this week I should share my take on its young cousin as I like to think of it, the Phoebe. The Phoebe, by Acme Tackle, is another spoon and shares a lot of the same versatility and variations that the Krocodile does. However, it is typically smaller.