The jointed lure to get me into jointed lures

I don't come from a lifetime of trying to smash bass on lures, so I am not in the least bit able to look deep into the Misty Mountains and way lyrical about my use of such legendary jointed lures like the Rapala J13 and J11, or the killer Storm Jointed Thunderstick. If the truth be known, I don't actually carry any jointed lures in any of my lure boxes, and mainly for the single reason that I just don't like the way they cast. Too much wind-resistance and all that kind of stuff I would assume. OK, no great problem for nailing them close in, but they just aren't a kind of lure that I have been using - this might be heresy to many bass anglers, I do know that, but I am only human !!. Might be a mistake me not carrying them, I accept that they can have an incredible action, but jointed lures are just not really me..........

Until I came across this one - the Jackson Artoron JF125 (125mm, 14g), a floating jointed minnow with a big difference. I tend to be somewhat cynical of such claims as a "two-piece lure casting more like a one-piece lure". There is some kind of techno-wizardry with an internal weighting system that somehow "locks" the short tail section into place during the essential cast, and then "releases" the tail during the retrieve and then lets the thing behave like a jointed bass lure. Hold the lure head up and then tail up and you will see what I mean. It's explained here if that is any help. But it works, and it actually seems to work really well. No, the Jackson Artoron will not cast quite as well as a one piece minnow, but from a bit of messing around with it, I would say that it casts say half way between the level of a jointed lure and a one-piece lure. Very well essentially. Does that make sense ? It flies out there just fine, and that internal weighting system just seems to get on with its magic. I am not obsessed with how far lures fly, rather I am into lures that cut it when there is a bit of breeze around. It's on the retrieve when the true magic of a good jointed lure comes to life.....

You can get this Jackson Artoron to swim fairly shallow if you get your rod tip up, or you can just leave the tip down and make the lure swim a few feet under the surface. This lure may well respond to a twitch/pause retrieve, but my initial impressions are that it actually works the best via a straight forward retrieve, with perhaps a few hard twitches put in as you crank it in. The action is hugely intense, and my initial impressions are that although this lure in theory has a big plastic bib, in fact it has an action more like a cut-face lure - a strong head-shaking that produces a real waggle (not bad eh ??!!), and it really seems to look the best in my eyes when you retrieve it a medium to medium/slow pace. It just looks very good to me, and I am pretty sure that this little stunner is going to be the jointed lure that ends up getting me into carrying a jointed lure in my lure box. With some lures I guess you just get a good gut feeling, and this Artoron is one of those. I fish with a few guys who do have a much longer bass fishing history than me, and they have always loved jointed lures. They need to see this one.

If you read this blog from time to time, you will be aware that I am a huge fan of bass lures that either naturally swim or can be made to swim very shallow, for I am convinced that the intense silhouette near to the surface is what does it for a bass when the fish views the lure from below (lures like the killer IMA Komomo SF-125, Tackle House Feed Shallow etc.). OK, so I tend to fish a lot of shallow water and I guess this steers me towards certain kinds of lures a lot of the time, but if there is one thing that is utterly vital to fishing, it's an open mind. This Jackson Artoron seems to me to give the action benefits of a true jointed lure, together with many of the casting attributes that a one-piece lures gives us. Into the (growing) box it goes......

It's really interesting to read all the comments on the metal vibration lures - thanks to you guys for putting so much good info up on this blog via the comments section. I suppose the photos of the vibration lure I put up are what might be termed a "standard" one, but go looking around and you will see that there are so many different kinds out there. I have a couple of far more "minnow-looking" vibration lures here that I need to play around with some more. I have really taken on board what's been said about them.

Check out Danny Parkins' new lure fishing blog right here - the guy is a hugely talented lure angler who has a passion for freshwater lure fishing, but he also gets out on the coast as much as possible. We have fished together a few times, but one thing I so want to do is to spend some more time chucking lures in freshwater for species like pike, perch and chub. Time is a constant problem for all of us though, even if this does sound daft coming from somebody who works in fishing full time. Still day-dreaming of dropping out completely, moving over to Ireland, keeping my wife at work while I just go fishing (!!!!!!!), growing my hair again and just letting it be. Now that would be very cool.........