The most popular lures to catch monster northern pike

If you are trying to catch pike, or any predatory fish for that matter, the most exciting way of catching them is to spin for them and use lures.

There are literally hundreds of different types of lures available and if you take a walk in to any fishing tackle store you will see hundreds of lures of a whole manner of different colours, shapes, sizes and designs. With so many different lures available choosing a lure to buy can be a real mind field and quite overwhelming.

Despite the vast number of lures, in reality there are only a handful of different types. The sheer number of lures is the result of there being a large number of variations of each of the types of lure.

Surface lures

As its name suggests surface lures are lures that are pulled across the surface, or just below the surface of the river or lake. Surface lures are supposed to mimic small fry fish that are frequently seen near the surface of the water in the summer months.

Surface lures are best used in the summer and are best used by pulling them past some surface weed or a patch of lilies. When a pike takes a surface lure it will often jump right out of the water as it strikes, which is a real spectacle.

Diving lures

As its name suggests a diving lure is one that will dive down towards the bottom of the water. When you first cast out a diving lure it will lay on the water’s surface. When you start to retrieve the lure it will start to dive. The faster you retrieve the lure the deeper it will dive, although it will only go down so far no matter how fast you retrieve it.

The depth the lure will dive to depends on the weight of the lure and the size and angle of the lip of the front of it. Generally speaking, the larger the lip the deeper the lure will dive. When using diving lures the trick is to vary the rate you retrieve the lure so it floats up and then dives down.

Diving lures are best used in deeper water or in situations when you want to get the lure down to the bottom of the water.


Spinners are small lures that consist of an oval shaped piece of metal that is mounted on a straight piece of metal to which a treble hook is attached. When you cast out a spinner it will sink to the bottom until you start to retrieve it.

As you start to retrieve the spinner the oval shaped metal will rotate around the straight piece of metal, hence the name spinner, and give of flecks of light that are designed to entice the pike to attack. The faster the spinner is retrieved the faster the oval piece of metal will rotate. When using a spinner you need to ensure you use a good barrel swivel to prevent the line from kinking.

As spinners are so small, they are also good for targeting other species of fish, such as perch, chub and zander.


A spoon is an oval shaped piece of metal to which a treble hook is attached. When the spoon is cast out is will sink to the bottom of the water. When the spoon is retrieved it will “wobble” its way through the water. The best way of using a spoon is to reel it in for a bit and then stop, letting the spoon drop to the bottom of the water before reeling it in for a bit and then stopping again.

There are other types of lures however the above are the most popular used when lure fishing for monster pike.