Lure Testing Facilities

In an angler’s continuing quest to “think like a fish,” we carefully examine lures at the tackle shop. They get held up to the light, shaken, and wiggled. And if it passes this rigorous testing and is purchased, we will watch it closely when reeled in. Wave action, aquatic vegetation, and turbidity can interfere with observation of lure motion.

One way around this is a “Lure Testing Facility,” which for many anglers is a swimming pool. With unmatched water clarity, lure motion can be analyzed, even up close.

“I’ve even sat on the bottom and had my wife cast so I could hear it underwater,” shared Elite Bassmaster Pro Gerald Swindle. I saw a video where fellow Bassmaster Pro Mark Menendez was able to show his twin fluke lure set up utilizing a facilities’ pool.

The addition of a split-ring, small piece of split shot, or altered hook sizes can affect the motion of a lure and sinking rate. Sometimes a subtle change like this can help trigger a strike when other lures are ignored.

A Lure Testing Facility also can help kids understand how to work a lure. Just wait until the “cannon balls” have stopped.

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Andy Whitcomb

Andy Whitcomb

Andy is an outdoor writer ( and stressed-out Dad has contributed over 380 blogs to since 2011. Born in Florida, but raised on banks of Oklahoma farm ponds, he now chases pike, smallmouth bass, and steelhead in Pennsylvania. After earning a B.S. in Zoology from OSU, he worked in fish hatcheries and as a fisheries research technician at OSU, Iowa State, and Michigan State.