Slabs

The slab is a very effective lure used on schooling fish usually during  feeding.  The fish tend to push baitfish somewhere and attack in a frenzy.  This frenzy produces many jerks and can stun or kill baitfish.  The affected baitfish flutter and fall.  The slab imitates this motion when worked vertically.  The key to using a slab is finding one that resembles the bait (one of the most common themes in fishing).  I have found that there are very few times the bite on a slab is medium.  It is usually on or off.

There are a number of types of slab.  The first is just a large spoon worked  in an up and down motion. Then we have the thin metal ones.  These both flutter much more than the weighted ones.  The flashes as they flutter attract attention.  The weighted ones are probably the most popular ones.  Lastly, there are a number of slabs that are designed to rattle.  Be patient and observant and you just may have to be careful not to catch too many.

Slabs have the advantage to get down deep where any other types of lure cannot reach.  They are very commonly used in deep water fishing in both salt and freshwater.

Another great thing about slabs is that there is less skill required to use on than many types of lures.  This is not to say you cannot be technical with their use.  One can, at a beginner level be quite successful with a slab having only minimal  instruction.  I find that they are one of the first lures I introduce to new anglers since they are usually dropped rather than casted.

The last great thing about slabs is they are relatively inexpensive.  You can afford to load up on colors without breaking the bank.  Go out there and try a few. then come back and let us know how you did.

 

These thin metal slabs tend to flutter more than most.

These thin metal slabs tend to flutter more than most.

Some slabs rattle to attract more attention.

Some slabs rattle to attract more attention.

Larger slabs can reach deeper depths quickly.  They are often accompanied with a trailing hook.

Larger slabs can reach deeper depths quickly. They are often accompanied with a trailing hook.

These weighted slabs come in many different colors and sink very fast.  They tend to chip after time.

These weighted slabs come in many different colors and sink very fast. They tend to chip after time.

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