given the time and place, even 'old reliable' will fail you. sometimes, you could put an old sock out there and some suicidal fish will pound it. bottom line is the lure that catches fish is the one on the end of your line when the rod doubles over.
on a somewhat related topic, i've given up on being the kind of fisherman that some of these folks are. as a "weekend fisherman", my chances of being out there when the fishing really turns hot are 2/7ths of that for some of these other folks. given that, no lure, no matter how good, is going to make up for the 5/7ths of the fishing that i'm missing.
just a thought: are you trying to solve the wrong problem?
Youd be wise to inquire about which ones do work, and study presentation. Blade colors, body colors, action, water temps, sun/no sun. Pick a few that IFishers claim are succesful put all these ingredients together and stick with what works.
I fished shrimp today for 2 hours and watched fish swim by laughing, the sun poked out of a cloud and I changed to a silver bladed/silver bodied vibrax (#5) Put a piece of electrical tape on the back of the blade, replaced the treble with a siwash, covered it with craw scent and found a nate chrome summer hen behind one rock, and her identical twin behind another. Cant beat hardware for an adreniline rush!
dang it! my secret's out. and i even promised the guide that showed me i wouldn't tell anyone. :wink: since the cat's already out of the bag, here's the skinny: it's a plain white sports sock with the top cuffed down three or four times. most importantly, it's got to have a hole in the toe area. it has to be natural though. if you try to make a hole in the sock, it won't work right. oh yeah, you have to turn the sock inside out. you rig it with a mooching rig and the ideal action is more of a flop than a spin. :smile:
teamfish, my previous post was my way of venting frustration (and engaging in the ever-popular ifish pasttime of getting off-topic). so far, all plugs don't catch fish for me. my hotshots ain't so hot, my kwikfish are pretty slow getting up the learning curve, and my spoons have stuck a knife in my back. my hot lure is the one that's been sitting out in the sun too long.