Avid Angler Challenge – Lure Limitation

Posted by MNAngler On August - 24 - 2012

The Avid Angler Challenge is a meme that issues a periodic challenge to frequent anglers. See the guidelines for how to answer the challenge.

For my first challenge, I wanted to learn about lure choices. Why do fisherman use the lures they do? So here it is:

If you could only use 5 lures for the rest of your life, which ones would you choose and why? Your answer should follow the following guidelines:

  • A lure is anything that contains a hook, goes on a hook, or decorates a hook
  • One color = one lure (i.e. one lure in 5 colors counts as 5 lures)
  • One size = one lure (i.e. a 1/4 oz, 3/8 oz, and 1/2 oz jig counts as 3 lures)
  • One lure can be rigged multiple ways and still be considered one lure (i.e. a plastic worm rigged wacky style, texas style, or carolina style = 1 lure)
  • A trailer can count as part of a lure, but bullet 2 and 3 apply; the trailer type and color must be specified (i.e a swim jig with a trailer = 1 lure)
  • You don’t have to get brand specific–unless you want to
  • Live bait is allowed as a lure, but one species of live bait equals one lure (i.e. a fathead minnow, a sucker minnow, and a leech = 3 lures)
  • You can assume that you will have an unlimited supply of your lures for the rest of your life
  • If you typically target multiple species, you are still only allowed 5 lures for all species that you target, not 5 per species

In your response, it would help to give us some context by answering the following questions:

  • What type of water do you typically fish?
  • What species of fish do you typically target?
  • Why did you choose the lures you did?

Please leave a comment below with your answer, or reply on your own blog using the Avid Angler Challenge Guidelines.

My answer will be posted tomorrow.

12 Responses to “Avid Angler Challenge – Lure Limitation”

  1. MSPbass says:

    I have to preface this with this is my 5 today. It would probably be different if I did this in May or even a week from now. But today I went with:

    1/4 oz. black Honeybuzz buzzbait – with a rusty rivet. (Probably my #1 confidence bait.)

    Netbait Paca Craw in green candy. I usually use them Tex rigged, flipped, stroked and swam, pegged and unpegged, and even occasionally on a shaky head.

    1/4 oz. Northstar swim jig (original style) in mostly white with a little bit of color. I use a, white, pinched off, Netbait Bib Bopper as a trailer. A white paddle tail worm otherwise. (You can’t use a swim jig without a trailer, so I consider this 1 bait.)

    Although the Reaction Innovations Swamp Donkey is no longer in production, I still snag a few off eBay every year. It is by far the most fish catching hollow frog I have ever used. I love that thing and have yet to find a suitable replacement. (My other #1 confidence bait 😉

    For #5 I went with the trusty GYCB 5″ Senko in Green Pumpkin with a Chartreuse tip.

    • MNAngler says:

      But MSPBass, changing your list in May or Oct misses the point of the challenge. The idea is that you must use your 5 lures for the rest of your life. It is geared toward making you really consider what you could use no matter the time of year, water conditions, or weather.

      I agree with your point about trailers, though, and have updated the challenge to reflect as such.

      • MSPbass says:

        Oh no, I got that. I was just saying that if I made that list on a different day that I might pick 1 or 2 other baits instead of the ones I did yesterday. It didn’t have to do with the seasons or water conditions. Those are 5 solid baits for me that I know I can catch bass with and feel good about those choices.

        But, like many of us, I go in spurts. For instance, I’ve actually been using a ribbon tail worm for the last few years instead of a Senko. I can’t say that it catches more fish than the Senko but I do believe the Senko is more versatile (much more), so I had to go with the Senko as one of my 5 desert island baits; even though I havent been using a Senko for quite a while.

        It was also hard for me to pick the Paca Craw over the GYCB Fat Ika. Again, I have been using the Paca Craw a lot these last few years but the Fat Ika is straight up deadly. I went with the Paca because it might be a little more versatile. Next week, I might have gone with the Ika. That’s all I’m saying.

        • MNAngler says:

          Got it. It is tough, isn’t it? That’s why I called it a challenge. 🙂

          • MSPbass says:

            Very tough.

            I’m also surprised no one has said a spinnerbait yet. I don’t happen to use them much, but most other folks do. Jeremy’s Beetle Spin is close, but not exactly the same.

  2. Sang says:

    I’m freshwater fisher, and will target just about anything. This year though has been all about bass. So here’s my list.

    1. TightlinesUV 5″ UVenko in Blue/Black – pretty all purpose and versatile.
    2. Berkley Havoc Subwoofer in watermelon pearl – i like how the tail thumps on this one when the bass are aggressive and i can burn the baits by them.
    3. Berkley Gulp 3″ Minnow in pink shine – multi species lure for catching whatever’s swimming nearby.
    4. TightlinesUV 4″ Twin tail grup in white – another one for multi species bites.
    5. Booya Pad Crasher in bullfrog – for fishing over pads and slop.

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