Introduction to Wire Baits

Wire Baits come in all shapes and sizes, but the most common are in-line spinners, in-line buzzbaits, buzzbaits, and spinnerbaits. All of these wire baits are simple to use, versatile, and can quickly cover large areas of water, making them a “must have” for any serious angler.

Wire Bait Components

Every wire bait can be broken down into five basic components: wire, dressings, blade, body, and hook. Each of these items contributes a specific characteristic to the lure such as vibration, appearance, action, etc. When all of these characteristics are combined, the result is a magnificent lure with an action as unique as a fingerprint! This uniqueness is what makes wire baits so exciting.

Every Single Wire Bait is Unique

As stated in the previous paragraph, no two individual wire baits are the same, even if they’re manufactured on the same machine using the same parts! This is because they all contain microscopic variations in the alignment, arrangement, composition, and interaction of their various components. Understanding each variation and its affect on the overall lure is critical to successful wire bait design. For instance, let’s assume that we have a standard in-line spinner similar to that shown above. The bait has a wire shaft with loops at each end, a blade, a clevis (the hoop connecting the blade to the shaft), a beaded body, and a hook. In this single design, we could drastically change the lure’s effectiveness by performing any one of the following modifications:

Component: Influential Modifications
Wire:                 type of bends, position of bends, number of bends, diameter, material, finish, length, weight, color, texture, …
Blade:               shape , position, blade hole diameter, weight, color, length, clearance, texture, material, height, width, attachment technique, …
Clevis:              shape, position, size, weight, finish, color, length, clearance, texture, materials, attachment technique, construction…
Body:                shape , position, weight, finish, color, length, clearance, texture, material, height, width, attachment technique, …
Hook:                shape , position, weight, finish, color, length, clearance, texture, material, height, width, attachment technique, …

For more information on how these modifications affect each lure, please visit the component’s topic page.

Wire Baits are Versatile

Wire baits are undoubtedly the most versatile lures in existance. They can be used to locate and catch virtually every species of recreational fish, and they can be presented effectively by professionals and beginners alike. The key to this versatility lies in the various designs constructed out of the bait’s components. More specifically, the bends in the wire shaft, the size and placement of the blade, the type of hook, the dressings, and the technique used to present the lure can all drastically affect which fish are caught and under what conditions. For instance, a spinnerbait’s unique ‘V’ design makes it virtually weedless and fantastic for catching bass, while the in-line spinner’s single shaft design accents the blade movement and works best with trout and pan fish. For a full explanation of these types of wire baits (and many more!), please read “Types of Wire Baits” on this site.