3 Names of Fishing Lures

Fishing lures are an important part of any angler’s tackle box. Different lures are used for different types of fish, different water conditions, and even different times of the year. Knowing the names of fishing lures can help you select the right one for your needs.

Let’s explore some of the most popular types of lures and their names.

1. Soft Plastic Baits

Soft plastic baits come in numerous shapes, sizes, colors, and styles. These typically feature a jig head that helps them sink to the bottom or suspend in a mid-water column while they flutter enticingly with each twitch or jerk of the rod tip.

Some common names for soft plastic baits include worms, grubs, crawfish, minnows, frogs, leeches, tube baits, shad bodies—the list goes on! With so many variations available it’s easy to find just the right lure for any situation.

2. Spinners and Spoons

Spinners and spoons are metal lures that are designed to flash and vibrate as they move through the water. They often feature a treble hook at the end with colorful feathers or plastic tails attached to them which add additional movement to attract fish.

Common names for spinners include Mepps spinners (also known as Mepps Aglia), Panther Martin (or Panther Martin Regular), Blue Fox Vibrax spinners (or Blue Fox Super Vibrax spinners), Rooster Tail spinners (or Rooster Tail Classic). Spoons may also be referred to by brands like Kastmaster or Johnson Silver Minnow Spoon.

3. Crankbaits

Crankbaits resemble small fish due to their realistic shape and bright colors. As they move through the water they create vibrations that attract fish from far away distances.

Popular crankbait brands include Rapala Original Floater (or Rapala Shadow Rap Shad), Lucky Craft Pointer 100XD (or Lucky Craft LC 8″ Magnum), Bomber Long A (or Bomber Fat Free Shad), LiveTarget Threadfin Shad (or LiveTarget Baitball Jerkbait).


No matter what type of fishing you enjoy most, having an understanding of all the different types of fishing lures is key to success on the water.

Knowing their specific names can make it easier for you to select just the right lure for your needs when heading out on your next fishing trip. Keep these tips in mind next time you’re shopping for new lures so you can choose wisely!

Joshua Hickman

Joshua has a vast knowledge of different types of fish and how to catch them, and he loves sharing this information with others. When he's not writing or fishing, Joshua enjoys spending time with his family and friends.

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