By Harald Hoel
Pike lures and musky lures are often associated with crankbait lures. Here is a brief review of the most popular crankbaits.
The Zalt Wobbler
The Zalt wobbler came on the market in the early 1990`s with an innovative design. This wobbler is from Sweden and has had great success in the market. The Zalt is a very lively wobbler which is very attractive when fishing for pike. The Zalt wobbler works at its best when using minimum 8 inches wire trace in front since its movement are dependent on the weight of the wire trace.
The wobbler can be bought in many colors and sizes and as with most wobblers, one can attach sinkers about 24- 35 inches in front of the wobbler, and then fish slowly in 33- 40 feet depths.
Since the 1930`s, Bomber brand lures have been leading the market in the USA but they have also peaked Nordic sport-fishermen's interest. In Sweden, the sea-trout record was broken using a Bomber, and it is the favourite of several of the biggest trolling, salmon and trout fishermen in the Nordic.
Bomber is not only great for catching salmon and trout, but also for pike. Bomber brand lures can be bought in all thinkable variants and colors.
Abu`s HI-LO wobbler
The HI-LO is a classic wobbler from ABU. There are few wobblers which are more connected with pike fishing as the HI-LO wobbler. I can remember that when reading about pike fishing when I was younger, all books mentioned the HI-LO.
The best feature about this pike fishing lure is the adjustable spoon making it useable for different depths - even on top of the water. The variability of this wobbler makes it very useful. I have had the greatest success with the red and white HI-LO as well as one with bright colors of orange, yellow and green.
It could be these are best for me personally, so it is best to try different types to see which work best for you. The HI-LO is available in several colors and sizes and it is also possible to find them in a jointed type.
The Swim Whizz is a very good pike wobbler with which I have caught many big pike. This wobbler is relatively light versus its size and is therefore not well suited for throwing, but is well suited for pike trolling. With the Swim Whizz, there are two spots to attach the line which makes it easy to fish in different depths.
I have one in bright yellow which fish enjoy. These wobblers are made in the USA where it is the favourite of many American sport fishermen. This pike wobbler is relatively big, but is available in at least two sizes.
It is also available in a jointed type which can be very effective if the fish are a bit slow.
The Terminator is a new wobbler from ABU and has a very natural holographic appearance. It has been very popular amongst trolling fishermen in Sweden, but the sinking model is also very good for long casts.
This wobbler is not designed specifically for pike fishing, but it works extremely well for them. As with the Zalt wobbler, the Terminator moves a bit calmer in the water than traditional wobblers, which in some cases can be beneficial.
This wobbler can also be found in different colors and sizes and you can choose between floating and sinking types.
In 1936 the Rapala wobbler was created when Lauri Rapala made his first hand made wobbler. Since then, Rapala has been the biggest manufacturer of wobblers on the market, and not without reason. There are several hundred different rapala lures each made for different types of fish.
Also, most people know Rapala's Red Head as the biggest pike wobbler ever made. The only negative with Rapala is that most of their lures are so light that they are difficult to cast far, but they do make a few sinking and slow sinking types which are heavier and easier to cast.
Like the Zalt Wobbler, these can be turned into sinking lures if one uses fireline because the thickness helps one to cast longer and go deeper in the water.
This was a quick presentation of pike lures in this category. Northern pike lures or musky lures include many more types of fishing lures and you will find more information about those when searching my site.
Harald Hoel, expert of pike fishing
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