Slabs are lures that are used primarily for bottom fishing and come in a variety of weights, sizes and colors. Slabs are made from a number of different materials including lead and plastic. Novice fisherman use a combination of jigs and slabs when fishing deep waters because the weight of them helps to handle the depths. Every fisherman will tell you that one type of slab is better than another, but it comes down to what type of fish you are trying to catch and the water you are fishing in.
Slab spoons are used mainly for catching walleye, bass and trout. They are called spoons because they have a special shape that resembles a spoon and are mostly made of lead. They are a bit heavier and can stay on the bottom better to catch these types of fish. Slab spoons come in a variety of colors including black, yellow and blue scale. The shape and weight of these lures make them work so well when trying for fish that stay close to the bottom.
Lead Slabs with Eagle Claw Hooks
You can buy lead slabs with eagle claw hooks hand painted to look realistic and they are used for bass, crappie and pike. These type of slabs are often used in saltwater fishing. They can weigh up to 2.5 ounces and come in a number of colors. Smaller slabs are also an option for when you are trying to catch fish that like to hide such as Small mouth bass. Lead slabs bump across the bottom giving the appearance of live bait.
White slabs are commonly used for bass fishing in the winter, but can be used even when the water is up to the sixty degree temperature. These have a moderate amount of weight to them because they're normally made of steel. White slabs are exactly what their name says. White slabs made of steel that are shaped similarly to a minnow.
You can go out and spend a fortune on slab lures, or you can make them fairly easy at home. In the winter months when your fishing may be at a stand still, try your luck at making your own. Melt lead into various shapes, sizes and weights. Doing this enables you to try out different slab lures until you find one that works best for you and your fishing needs. While they may not be as "pretty" as the store bought slab lures, you could find that you have more luck making your own lures. Knowing the conditions of your particular fishing hole and the fish that you are after gives you the advantage when making your own slabs.