What is your favorite shallow-water lure?

Each month I field a question from a reader and answer it as best I can, focusing on those inquiries and responses that I believe will be of general benefit or interest…or at least of interest to me. Blogger’s prerogative. I recently received this email from Jon in Fort Lauderdale, FL, who asked: “If you had to choose one lure to use for the rest of your days, which would it be?”yellaplug.jpgJon, I’d like to say that you stumped me here. But you didn’t. I enjoy fishing a wide variety of lures, each of which can be very productive given the right scenario. I fish jigs, diving and swimming plugs, softbaits and even bait on occasion. And I do love throwing flies, especially the ones I make myself, even though they tend to look like varmints that unsuccessfully braved the freeway.

But my granddad taught me to fish plugs, and to this day they top my chart. For years I’ve had a special weakness for a specific, venerable old brand made right here in Florida. So old, in fact, that my granddad used them himself. That same company fairly recently introduced a couple of new lures that are dynamite. In fact, I’m using one of them almost exclusively nowadays. It closely resembles a pilchard, one of Florida’s most sought-after baitfish. It sinks slowly, at a rate that let’s me keep it just under the surface, wiggling and sparkling during the entire retrieve. It casts well, lands soft and has a fantastic action…though most of that is supplied by the angler. Best of all, it does what all good shallow-water plugs do: it brings game fish crashing in with bad intentions, and lets the angler see their lure Howitzered on the surface. I get chills just thinking about it. I plan on writing some product reviews soon, and I’ll be sure to do a more detailed assessment of several new offerings from tackle companies.

Thanks for writing, Jon.

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2 Responses to “What is your favorite shallow-water lure?”

  1. Ray says:

    Hey John,
    Look forward to the new site. Did I miss something or did you not give up the name of your go to plug? Sounds like it could be the MirroDine.


  2. snook says:

    Ray, I’m going to try and keep my endorsements of specific products to a minimum in here, at least for the time being. I’ll just say that you’re more than warm with your guess, though you’re off by about a “Minnow.” :-)