Choose Your Weapon

Want to break a record? One of these lures might do the trick.

September 21, 2007

According to the IGFA, lures from Rapala and Storm set more world records than those of any other company last year-15 and 14, respectively. A Rapala Magnum ( caught a 20-pound, nine-ounce Mexican snook (Centropomus poeyi), an all-tackle record, and the Storm Swim Shad ( broke ten records alone. It got us thinking: If we went record hunting, what lure would we use? We asked six house experts to weigh in on the matter. Here’s what they had to say.

Target: Striped Bass
Pro: David DiBenedetto, SWS Editor
Lure: Secret Spoon;
Advantage: “It’s big, and it has a wobble that draws strikes from even the most pressured big fish.”

Target: Kingfish
Pro: Dave Workman, SKA Tournament Pro
Lure: Yo-Zuri Bonita (purple-and-black);
Advantage: “Troll it inshore, and kings will be all over this lure. It dives deep and has a really natural movement.”


Target: Seatrout
Pro: Bob McNally, SWS contributor
Lure: Heddon Super Spook;
Advantage: “At 7/8 ounce it can be cast a long way, which is key because big trout in shallow water spook easily.”

Target: Dolphin
Pro: George Poveromo, SWS Editor at Large
Lure: 161/4-ounce Yo-Zuri Bonita (dorado or blue-mackerel);
Advantage: “When rigged to a 16-ounce trolling sinker, it swims enticingly a few feet beneath the surface.”

Target: Redfish
Pro: Dave Lear, SWS Boating Editor
Lure: 5/8-ounce D.O.A. Deep Runner Bait Buster (silver-glitter-and-black);
Advantage: “It mimics a finger mullet, has good action and an effective scent.”


Target: Blue Marlin
Pro: Gary Caputi, SWS Offshore Editor
Lure: Black Bart Brazilliano;
Advantage: “Big lures equal big fish. When rigged with a 14/0 hook, it is large enough to look like an appetizing meal for huge blue marlin.”


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