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Click to enlargeThe Revival of Old Lures

Tim Horton

EDITOR’S NOTE: Bass wise-up to lures the more frequently they see them. When anglers buy old lures and fish them, they quickly discover that the old lures are catching as many, if not more, bass than they did when they were new. The reason is that these older lures are ones that the bass haven’t seen before. Anglers fishing these old lures have new confidence in the old ones that win big-money tournaments. We’ll talk this week with some of the nation’s top pros to learn what old lures they’re still using and why.

Click to enlargeTim Horton of Muscle Shoals, Alabama, has fished in the Bassmaster Professional Division the past 8 years and has guided for about 20 years. He’s won three Bassmaster events, besides qualifying for the Bassmaster Classics 2001 through 2006 and winning the Angler-of-the-Year title.

Horton fishes several old lures for both smallmouth and largemouth bass because he says, “Certain lures that were made many years ago were good lures, and no one ever has made better lures to replace them. That’s why I fish a lot of old lures, including one of my favorites, the Smithwick Devil's Horse - the best top-water bait for stained water – that I think is more subtle than a Click to enlargePop-R or a Zara Spook. The big propellers on this lure cause bass to come up even from deep water to take the bait. I’m convinced that bass think the Devil's Horse is some type of bait that’s being attacked or flopping on the surface and presenting an easy meal to them. When the water’s stained, or the wind’s creating a chop on the surface of the water, this old lure is hard to beat. Not many other anglers have been fishing this lure, but the word’s out on the Devil's Horse. I’m starting to see tournaments being won on this bait in Florida, Alabama and Texas. I really hate to talk about this secret bait because as long as other people aren’t using it, it’s highly productive for me. I like the frog-colored or the black-back silver-sided orange-belly colored Devil's Horse. I cast this lure around visible targets, pop it hard to Click to enlargecause the blades to turn and churn the water when it hits the water, allow the lure to sit still for 2 or 3 seconds and then pop it again and let it sit still again all the way back to the boat. Most of the time, the strike will come when the lure’s sitting still or just as I start to pop the lure. I fished this old lure successfully at the 2006 Bassmaster Classic in Florida and caught plenty of bass. I also know that Aaron Martens is starting to fish this lure.”

Tomorrow: More with Tim Horton

Check back each day this week for more about "The Revival of Old Lures"

Day 1: Paul Elias
Day 2: Zell Rowland
Day 3: Greg Hackney
Day 4: Tim Horton
Day 5: More with Tim Horton



Entry 348, Day 4