Anglers are notorious for blaming slow fishing conditions on the fish, when they could blame themselves for not using the right bait.
Fish won’t bite? Nothing in your tacklebox getting even a tap?
If that happens, it’s time to bring out the secret weapons. And not just any secret weapons. There are offerings in the luresphere that don’t even look like lures. They are the weirdos that rarely get much thought about landing in your shopping cart on a lure expedition to the Bass Pro Shops or Cabela’s. You might even chuckle at their weird designs.
Some are secret baits that only see the light of day when the pros sneak them out of a tacklebox for a rare appearance. Many are Japanese borne and made. Japanese lure designers are revered for their creative, out-of-the-box thinking, and it shows in some of their best work. The best inventions make it across the sea and are marketed in the USA as proven fish catchers. There are even some that have been around longer than you have—and they still catch fish.
Here are 10 weird lures that are worth a close look. Give one or more a try this season. If your fishing partners think the heat is getting to you, then prove them wrong. Sometimes all it takes is a change-up, no matter how weird it looks.