Gillies Pilchard Spinning Lure

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Gillies Pilchard Spinning Lure

Over the last decade, many terrific metal lure brands disappeared from tackle store shelves in Australia. Not because their product didn't work but because of higher production costs and company internal debates about how to remain relevant in an ever-changing market.

Fortunately, Gillies was not one of those brands, as they have continually adapted to the demands of the modern angler while keeping their spinning lure prices stable and concepts faithful to the original designs that made them so popular in the first place. Gillies Pilchard is an excellent example of this, a classic metal lure that has been around for decades and is still strong today.

The Gillies Pilchard is a simple yet effective baitfish imitator which will trigger strikes from a wide range of saltwater fish species. Whether you cast one from a rock platform, troll it behind a boat offshore or toss one as far as possible past the breakers at the beach, Gillies Pilchard Spinning Lures produce results.

Features and Specifications:

  • Type: Saltwater Metal Spinning Lure
  • Use: Rock, beach or boat fishing
  • Profile: Baitfish wide belly tapering toward the tail
  • VMC Treble hook
  • High-quality hardware (split rings)
  • Size: Choose from either 10 grams (50mm / #8 hook), 25 grams (70mm #4 hook) /, 40 grams (85mm / #2 hook) or 60 grams (105mm / #1 hook)

What species will the Gillies Pilchard Spinning Lure catch?

With a keen eye for the natural responses of predatory fish, the Gillies Pilchard lure is engineered to be the ultimate fish-catching system for saltwater fish, including Australian salmon, kingfish, tailor, bonito, trevally, small tuna, mackerel and much more.

How do I fish with the Gillies Pilchard?

The Gillies Pilchard can be fished in many ways; however, the classic and best way is to cast the pilly out, let it sink for a few seconds and then rapidly retrieve it; repeat this process until you feel a fish hit. This technique is often deadly to fast-moving pelagic fish chasing baitfish near the surface. You can also try your luck trolling a gillies pilly behind the back of your boat on light gear.

What colours work best in the Gillies Pilchard Spinning Lure?

They will all work however each has a slightly different feature. The Blue colour matches the hatch for a sardine, the chrome colour is highly reflective and works great in clear water when the sun is out, and the new blue prysm or pink sardine colours are a more modern take on an old favourite.


  • The price is number one on the list as this lure is an absolute bargain, especially when you compare it to other metal lures on the market, which can cost 2-3 times as much.
  • Gillies Pilchards are deadly on a wide range of saltwater fish, from Australian salmon to kingfish and everything in between.
  • Quality hardware, including VMC treble hooks, make this lure durable and ready to fish straight out of the packet for a wide range of Australian species.

The Gillies Pilchard Spinning Lure is a simple, effective, affordable saltwater Metal Spinning Lure that has been catching fish for generations of Australian anglers. If you plan to head out for a spin on the water, ensure you have a few of these lures, they're well worth it.


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