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 Whitcomb is a columnist, outdoor humorist, and stressed-out Dad. He says there are “people who fish”… and there are “fishermen”.  One of the few things he knows is that he is a “fisherman”...  To the point it could be classified as borderline illness.  Sharing this obsession is rewarding, therapeutic. He likes to encourage people to “stop and smell the crappie."  Enjoys catching fish, but gets a greater thrill out of helping someone else hook up.
Born in Florida, but raised on the banks of Oklahoma farm ponds. Now relocated to western Pennsylvania. He has fished, worked, lived all around the US.  He has a B.S. in Zoology from Oklahoma State as well...
And he met his wife while electrofishing. He has been contributing weekly to since 2011.