Which is best for fishing for Lake Trout?

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An old and a new Diamond King, both work just as well, the old one maybe better.

An old and a new Diamond King, both work just as well, the old one maybe better.


One would think that newer, nice looking Diamond King lure would work better than the old and worn out one, but these lures are almost identical (both Diamond Kings, same colors and size) and the one with the peeling paint still outproduces the new one. We all have out favorites and some of us have/need/want all of the colors and shapes known to modern man, but the truth is, we don’t need that many lures. For the past couple of years the lure you see on the right has been used on every trip, and has caught fish EVERY time. There have been many times that it has out-fished all other lures 3 to 1. In other words, IT ALONE caught 3 fish to 1 for all other lines combined and we usually fish with 9 lines at a time.
Let’s face it, when you are trolling at depths of 100+ feet deep, those fish can’ tell the difference in colors between any 2 lures. What they are attracted to is the action of the lure… a slow, lazy wagging and perhaps the rattle of the little metal tab you see near the hooks. This particular lure has a good action at speeds of 1.5 to 2.75 mph, so when you are moving a little slow (1.5) or a little fast (2.75) it still is attractive to the fish. I think this one has better action than a new one because it is bent from being bitten by so many fish. The bottom line is (and this intended to be a pun) I’ll keep on using this one until it is lost or I quit fishing. The latter is not likely to happen any time soon, but loosing lures, and any tackle in general, is so commonplace that I can’t believe I still have this one. I hope I didn’t jinx it by writing this :-)

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About Brian Helminen

Brian is the owner and Captain of Sand Point Charters, LLC. He also owns and operates Designotype Printers, Inc. with his wife, Margaret. They have a cottage on Lac La Belle that can be rented by the week in the summertime.

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