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The old saying lures were meant to lure people to buy them.  Mostly true.  I haven't had great success with Live Target stuff but I am sure many have.

 

I swear I catch 90% of my fish with about 10 lures.  When I am not using one of those 10 I am not catching.

 

Live target makes my list.

 

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36 minutes ago, BillM said:

Interesting.  Early season Lake O fishing, Live Targets are always the first to get clipped into the planner boards.  

Totally unfair and wrong of me to label a whole line.  I have a coupe of perch that did ok.  

A cluster ball thing with little fish in it didnt do anything and a bait ball thing blah.  Another piece of rubber sunfish not so good.

So no live target hate but they cant all be winners...ot maybe they are and i didnt implement them right.

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Not at all man, I've got lures that people love that I hate lol!   That's really the only time a Live Target gets clipped on, rarely during the rest of the year :)  

Muskie guys love bucktails, I loath them.   It's the absolutely last bait I'll ever put on.  

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10 lures...eh ? Not me, I'm a certified tackle junkie. I have at least 2 dozen Plano 3700 boxes filled to the brim, 4 shoe-box sized containers packed with bags of soft plastics, and a Lakewood Musky Box for all the over-sized stuff that won't fit anywhere else. On top that, a couple of roll-up pouches of Salmon spoons, and another box of flashers and dodgers. Plus the boxes with terminal tackle...hooks, swivels, leaders, weights. Oh...then there's a vest and a Fishpond satchel packed with Steelhead stuff.

Even though not all of this has caught fish...I have used 100% of it. Anything I don't like, I give away.

Yeah, I'm probably addicted...but there are worse things to get hooked on...excuse the pun. And my wife certainly prefers this addiction to others.

If 10 lures is all you need, then in my opinion you're either:

A. only fishing for one or two species (Crappies and Muskies are generally not caught on the same baits)

B. only fishing limited or a certain type of water and conditions  (lakes, ponds, the Great Lakes, rivers, creeks, deep, shallow, clear, stained, etc...all require different presentations to be successful)

C. you are missing out on a lot of fish you could  potentially be catching 

 

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2 hours ago, BillM said:

Not at all man, I've got lures that people love that I hate lol!   That's really the only time a Live Target gets clipped on, rarely during the rest of the year :)  

Muskie guys love bucktails, I loath them.   It's the absolutely last bait I'll ever put on.  

Interesting. I wouldn't say I "loath" bucktails...my first 2 muskies ever caught were on bucktails, but I also don't use them too much these days. Having said that, tomorrow is musky outing number 2,a bucktail may just get wet if I am in the mood

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15 hours ago, Rizzo said:

Interesting. I wouldn't say I "loath" bucktails...my first 2 muskies ever caught were on bucktails, but I also don't use them too much these days. Having said that, tomorrow is musky outing number 2,a bucktail may just get wet if I am in the mood

There are times where it's absolutely stupid not to put one on (High winds over shallow cover, choppy water, incoming front)   But I've done much better this fall on glides and similar.   I rolled probably the biggest fish I've ever seen on a Suick up at Nip.   I love/hate those baits as well, the rise is way too fast she came out of a boulder field in probably 7ft of water, rolled and completely missed it, I tried to figure 8 her at the boat but I was using a 7'6 jerkbait rod and just couldn't do my turns wide enough.   She was so big she was having problems turning on the lure, so she just gave up lol.   That Suick now has a 1/4oz bell sinker attached to the middle split, makes the rise much slower.   Got a nice on in Severn the other night casting the same lure.   

Fished the Kawarthas last week, not a single fish/follow on a bucktail/spinnerbait.  All glides, dive/rise etc.   The pause gets them everytime. 

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1 hour ago, BillM said:

  That Suick now has a 1/4oz bell sinker attached to the middle split, makes the rise much slower. 

I used Suicks a lot in the past Bill and always found they worked best...for me anyways...when they were neutral buoyant and just sat still between twitches. I liked to cut out a section of the belly and add stick on wheel weights then fill it in with epoxy. Different size baits would get different amounts of weights.

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Yep only 10 lures or so.  Sometimes slightly different sizes or a variation.  Maybe i am not patient enough.

What can i say?  I have a decent amount of lures and i do work them but things get slow and i go back to old faithfuls and start catching.  I bet there are those that fish far fewer lures.  I even do that when fishing with a friend, we change it up to learn, a fish gets caught and and they say "what did you catch it on?" And it is usually a favorite.

 

I dont watch a lot of fishing tv but when i do...Dave Mercer.  I dont see him needing a lot of tools.  Some lures are good for multiple species so why restrict myself unless it is for the fun of targeting something.

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One lure I used to loath was a hot n tot

It seemed like every Ontario outfitter listed it as a must have for walleye but I never seemed to have any luck with them despite trying 

Fast forward to a trip w my FIL and he absolutely slayed fish on the tot all week.  Fished w him for a day and got the hang of it (as short a line as possible to get it slamming the bottom) and it became a staple for me.  Probably my number 1 trolling lure on fly ins 

Not a lure per se but I have had very little luck “frogging” for bass.   Any fish I have caught have been pike lol.  Not saying it’s not effective just hasn’t panned out for me to date 

Andrew 

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