These days lure anglers are really spoilt for choice with the huge range of lures available to us and it can sometimes seem a bit of a minefield knowing which lures to pick. One lure though that has truly stood the test of time is the humble spinner and whilst it has evolved and changed over the years the original design has pretty much stayed the same for more than a century.
Recently i had the pleasure and privilege of trying out these new Fladen spinners on some river predators and I wasn’t to be disappointed.
One of the main reasons I’m a big fan of spinners large or small is they are what I like to call a “universal lure.” By this I mean they are a lure that you could go anywhere in the world with and be extremely confident of catching multiple species of fish. This is one of the reasons why they are so popular because they have consistently caught fish and are therefore tried and tested. That said the Fladen spinners were a new product for me so I relished the opportunity at giving them a go as just in the packets they really looked stunning and they had certainly caught me! Of course the best judge is always the pike and arriving at the river the conditions looked perfect and so armed with such attractive looking spinners I was very hopeful.
Having all the colours of the range to choose from the first problem I had was selecting the colour for the particular day. I’m a huge fan of the biggest, boldest and brightest colours as a rule of thumb when it comes to lure fishing for river pike and this is for two reasons. Firstly if you select bold bright colours then you can pretty much be confidant that your lure has actually been seen rather than wondering that it hasn’t.
Secondly by using bright colours you often get follows as pike are curious and using bright colours can make them betray their presence allowing you to then scale down to smaller bait or a more natural pattern. That’s my theory anyway and so I went with Hot Orange/Yellow and I was most impressed with the lure itself upon opening it. Bright colours with matching fluff masking the hook, well made and a good weight at 15g with a nice sized blade for vibration and water displacement. As for the hook well that was strong and extremely sharp as I soon found out remember it’s not lure fishing till someone bleeds, which I did a little anyway.
After a few casts I could see that the Fladen Maxximus Attracta spinners were
going to be a winner. When fishing for pike you should always use a wire trace and this combined with 50lb – 80lb braid can sometimes make the smaller spinners difficult to work effectively. However these work perfectly on a heavier set up. The blade engages immediately on the retrieve even without the sudden jerk to engage it and they stand out excellently so you are certainly confidant that have been seen. Within a few minutes I had a follow from a jack pike of about 5lb’s which I couldn’t induce to take. By 10 minutes I had hooked into a good fish that gave the thumbs up of approval, as I said before the pike are always the best judge.
I managed another two Jacks on the spinner before deciding to move to a Perch hot spot as the light was fading fast and I choose the 15g Blue/Silver flavour for that extra flash in the lower light level conditions. Alas within a few casts the spinner was attacked again by another Jack Pike and that pretty much put pay to my perch swim, but I wasn’t ungrateful. It just reinforced my confidence in the spinners themselves and I know and knew from the moment I saw them that they were going to do fish and I wasn’t mistaken.
To conclude Fladen’s Maxximus range is not only huge but it’s excellent value to in my opinion and the Attracta Bladed Spinners are certainly an asset to it. These spinners will catch predatory fish of all species especially Pike, Perch and Trout. However don’t take my word for it get yourself some and with the traditional season soon to start why not get out on the still waters, canals or rivers and enjoy some great fun and sport targeting toothy predators!