6 Old School Lures YOU Should Use

Ever been to a garage sale, found an old tackle box, looked in it and said what the heck is that? Or been rummaging through grandpa’s tackle box and thought hmmm…. that goofy thing might actually catch fish.

Old school lures are making a comeback. We’re not talking about the antique lures that you see in glass cases at Bass Pro Shops or Cabela’s. We’re talking old school lures that your dad or granddad used back in the 60’s or 70’s. Stuff that is probably still on the pegs at Bass Pro because they still work. Many times they’ll work better than the new stuf simply because they have an action the fish have never seen.

Here is our list of the top 6 Old School lures you should have in your tackle box.

Worden Flatfish

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Still one of the most popular trolling lures for Lake Trout and Salmon, the Yakima – Worden flatfish used to be a top bass fishing lure. With it’s crazy wide wobble this bait screams “I’m a wounded bait fish, get over here and eat me…”. Color combos on the Flatfish are crazy too, pick something that mimics the bait fish in your pond and you should be good to go,

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Original Rapala Floater

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You probably have one or two of these hanging around in the garage or an old 370 box somewhere. Still one of the best selling lures on the planet because it flat works. Not as aggressive as a stickbait, there’s no jerk, jerk, pause with this guy. It actually works best just like you threw it as a kid; cast let the ripples dissipate and then a slow to medium constant retrieve. It can be lights out around boat docks and other cover where fish suspend, a couple of short pauses once it reaches it divining depth (about 2′) when your next to cover may be all that’s needed to draw strike from lure weary bass.



old school lures you need Noisy as hell? – Check

Big wake and commotion on the surface? – Check

Stupid good at night? – Check

You knew we couldn’t put together this list without including the Jitterbug. Every old tackle box had at least one in it, usually in black or a frog pattern. With a massive wide wobble and big wake behind it this was the original wake bait. A lot of anglers still throw a Jitterbug at night, this is where this bait really shines but along a shady, steep bluff wall it can be a daytime killer as well.

Devils Horse

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One noisy bait deserves another. The Smithwick Devil’s Horse is a classic pencil style topwater with a prop at both ends. Walked across the surface it has the same action as modern pencil baits but add the occasional rip and it spits water like a buzzbait. The beauty of a Devil’s Horse is the ability to work it at just about any speed, from dead slow to a fast rip all depending on how active and aggressive the fish are.


Rigged Plastic Worms

old school lures Before there were Senkos, before floating worms, there were pre-rigged plastic worms. Multiple small exposed hooks on heavy mono rigged through the body of the lure like a live bait rig these were the deal in 60’s. Creme Scoundrel, Kelly’s Plow Jockey and Bass Nabber all of them were how you fish soft plastics in the 60’s. Granted you’re not gonna lob one of these into the next brush pile you come across but rig it weightless and throw it around flooded grass or buck brush, around the shallow side of docks you might be surprised how many hits they generate.

Twin Spin

old school lures Before the A-Rig and multi blade spinnerbaits there was the Twin Spin. Usually tied with craft hair or buck tail as a skirt the Twin Spin was the first school of fish spinning lure on the market. Designed to fish slower than spinnerbaits are today it was a bluff and steep bank fish catching machine. Blades were attached so they would helicopter when the bait was falling, practically snag proof with two wire arms protecting the hook, slow rolling was the norm with a Twin Spin in deep clear reservoirs. Modern incarnations are available with silicone skirts and a variety of blades but in the winter when the bite gets tough savvy anglers will pull out an old school Twin Spin and sack ’em up on bluff walls.

So how many of these are in your tackle box right now? Maybe in that box in the corner of the shop or garage? Take a look and see, if not it would be worth it to put a couple of these in the boat for the next time things turn tough, heck most of them are cheap and chances are you can find ’em at your local tackle store. Try a little old school and see, the fish won’t know what hit them.