Creepy Fishing Lures that Go Bump in the Night

The wind howls through a pre-dawn world as you unlock the doors of your tackle shop. Inside, coffee awaits. But so, too, do other things. Things that go bump in the night? Maybe … if you haven’t called the exterminator in a while. Yes, that rustling noise in the storage room could be a rat — or it could be something else. It could be the restless call of these fishing lures that go bump in the night.

“Sell me! Sell me!” they say. And with Halloween upon you, they may be right. There may not be a better time to place some of these products near the register.

Zara Spook


First crafted in 1939, the Heddon Zara Spook is still a favorite topwater lure for anglers today. It remains one of the best walk-the-dog lures on the planet. One of its most prolific colors? Bone.

Shadow Rap


The PR people will tell that the Rapala Shadow Rap “lives in the shadow world between life and death.” We’re pretty sure they’re actually referring to Mick Jagger. Regardless, Rapala’s new jerkbait for 2015 offers a translucent finish that, of course, comes in bone, blue ghost and ghost shiner. Spooky.

Vibra Bat


A what? To be fair, you might have trouble getting your hands on a new pack today. But, in the 1950s Harrison Industries released a fishing lure that looked like a bait. Cleverly, they even marketed the bait as having “sonic” capabilities: a play on the real flying mammal’s sonar abilities. Old timers will tell you that the bait actually worked, especially in shallow water.

Creature Baits



Creature baits have gained popularity as a lure capable of garnering strikes on its own or trailing behind a jig, and they’re available from many manufacturers—like the above version, a Berkley Havoc Hawk Hawg.

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The Smithwick Devil’s Horse is another classic topwater lure with a flair for the macabre. The Devil’s Horse is legendary for murdering big bass attracted to its prop-activated siren’s call from the deep.

Spider Rig

Crappie fishermen are all about that arachnid life. The spider rig is an essential for many crappie anglers across North America, and — just like the real deal — its bite can be fierce.

Rusty Treble Hook


Few things strike fear into the hearts of anglers more than a bait full of treble hooks—especially in the hands of a young fisherman. But, one of those things is a bait full of rusty treble hooks. Nothing spells Emergency Room quite like an old standby that’s seen one too many winters and nary a set of fresh hooks. Mmmm … tetanus. Mmmm … bills!

Well, that’s it. FTR‘s list of spooky Halloween sellers. What do you think? Did we miss one of your old favorites or hot sellers? Let us know in the comment section below.