The following is an excerpt from an article I have in the current edition of Western Outdoors Magazine.
So, what’s the best lure of all time?
It’s an interesting question and one that’s guaranteed to stir the pot down at the local watering hole, plunking shack or boat ramp. Steelhead anglers might vote for the Spin-N-Glo, Hot Shot or the original Wiggle Wart, while salmon fans would likely go for a Kwikfish or Flatfish.
Bassers, on the other hand, would probably choose a worm of some type, perhaps a Senko, a spinnerbait or maybe a flippin’ jig. And so it goes – trout fishermen and panfish enthusiasts would have their own favorites, as would stripers chasers, tuna trollers and kokanee anglers and on and on.
Since everybody’s got their own number one lure, getting an objective response wouldn’t be easy – unless we first set some basic criteria that all the contenders have to meet. For the sake of this exercise, let’s say a lure that’s to be considered the world’s best needs to be extremely effective and versatile; have sales figures in the tens of millions and a long and storied tradition.
Even with those lofty parameters, there’s no clear-cut favorite. Here are my top five qualifiers:
To read the entire article, check out the latest issue of Western Outdoors Magazine. www.wonews.com