Henry Gilbey
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Surface lures - all brands

SURFACE LURES

Some of the surface lures that I might take bass fishing.


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Whiplash Factory Spittin’ Wire

Not cheap and not easy to get hold of, but some Spanish bass anglers urged me to give the Whiplash Factory Spittin’ Wire (95mm, 15.5g) a go - and I am rather glad I did. Long-casting, easy to work, and frigging lethal. Lots of colours available here.

Some are available here in the UK.

Hard lure of the year 2018.

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Xorus Patchinko II

This thing casts like a bullet and fishes like a dream. Bass love them!! You have to use this to see how far you can cast a lure, seriously, and this extra distance and ability to cast very accurately allows you to cover more ground.

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Xorus Patchinko 125

Finally! The Xorus Patchinko 125 (125mm, 18g) sits right in the middle between two proven bass catchers. It casts as well as I hoped it would and it smashes bass, end of. Plenty more thoughts on this lure here.

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Lurenzo Espetit

A stunning little surface lure, this new Lurenzo Espetit (95mm, 10.5g) is perfect for calmer conditions like you might find in estuaries and bays and so on. Casts great for its size, remarkably stable when you walk it, and I had some bass early on with this lure when they slashed at it and I stopped it dead - bang!

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Rapala MaxRap Walk'n Roll (The Patchala)

It’s surprising to see the biggest lure company in the world ripping off the established and lethal Xorus Patchinko surface lure, but this Rapala MaxRap Walk'n Roll (130mm, 29g) comes in some stunning colours and I find that it casts incredibly well if I use a slightly longer drop than I would for the original Patchinko. To be fair the action on this lure is a bit different to the Patchinko when you WTD with it, but it’s so close to the Patchinko in looks and dimensions that from now on I’m going to call it the “Patchala”.

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Tackle House Vulture 120

I want my surface lures to cast like arrows and cover plenty of water if needs be - this Tackle House Vulture 120 (120mm, 20g) flies, and it catches bass. I wanted a surface lure somewhere between the IMA Salt Skimmer and the big Xorus Patchinko, and this Vulture is a great fit.

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Lucky Craft Gun Fish 115

A classic amongst bass freaks, I know some anglers who swear that this is the only surface lure you will ever need. Works really well when the conditions are that bit too choppy for the Lucky Craft Sammy. The Gun Fish 115 creates a stunning wake/spitting action when you “walk” it.

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IMA Salt Skimmer

I do not know of another surface lure of this size or weight that casts like this thing. It is only 110mm long and weighs a mere 14g, but believe me it just flies on the right kind of rod. The Salt Skimmer is incredibly easy to walk back and forth across the surface, and I like the slim, subtle profile that lands nice and softly as well. Read a blog post about this lure here. Very hard to get hold of now.

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Daiwa Morethan Scouter 110F

There is a Daiwa Morethan Scouter 110F (silent) and a Daiwa Morethan Scouter 110F “Brass Knocker” which makes a really nice rattle when you work it, but for some reason this noisy one comes with freshwater trebles which I would advise you change for saltwater use. That aside, I am really starting to like this Daiwa surface lure. It’s a missile if you catch it right.

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Duel Silver Dog 90

A little stunner of a surface lure, this Duel Silver Dog 90 (90mm, 13g) casts great and when you walk it across the top it really does have the most stunning action. Sometimes when it’s that bit calmer I like to drop down to the smaller surface lures, and this Duel Silver Dog 90 is really worth carrying for those occasions. Great colours as always with Duel, and imagine if they made a Skimmer-size of this lure………..

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DUO Bay Ruf Manic

I really fancy these Bay Ruf Manic lures in calm, early morning conditions, and you can also walk them if you work them pretty quickly. I am also interested to see how they might do when you retrieve them dead, dead slow, for then they kinda V-wake/shimmer just under the surface.

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Zenith Z-Claw

The Zenith Z-Claw likes to be worked in a slow, lazy walk the dog style, and it creates the most stunning, subtle wake action across the surface. A French bass fanatic I know likes using the Z-Claw just as much in calm conditions as in slightly choppier seas.

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IMA Popkey

If we take the Xorus Patchinko as being one of the ultimate long-casting hybrids out there, then this IMA Popkey is a slightly “subtler” version that does not land so heavily. It’s also really easy to work for long periods. A really versatile surface lure that does a whole lot more than you might think at first glance.

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IMA Pugachev’s Cobra

Strange name, but a killer little surface lure. The IMA Pugachev’s Cobra (90mm, 12g) is one of those walk the dog little surface lures that is so worth turning to in calmer, clearer conditions when you can be so subtle with it. Bass love it, the lure casts very well for its size, and I find myself carrying this lure more and more.

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Lucky Craft Sammy (various sizes)

An all time favourite for many bass anglers, perfect for calm conditions. Still the biggest lure caught bass I have ever seen came on one of these, over in Jersey some years ago now. They cast like bullets and create the most stunning, wake-like action when you “walk” them across the surface.

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