Some of you, I'm sure, have dreamed of spending a day afield with Ted Nugent, stalking deer or hogs on his sprawling Texas property. Less of you have probably dreamt about doing the same thing with Donald Trump, Jr., but here's your chance to head to The Nuge's Waco, TX, compound with both. And this is not just a hunting trip...apparently Uncle Ted has some water on that property, too.
It's time for another reel in our ongoing vintage tackle contest. This photo was sent in by Mike Rothwell, who says this is one of many reels his grandfather owned. Though Pflueger may be most noted for their Medalist fly reels, this Pelican was their first attempt at entering the spinning market back in the 1950s. As vintage tackle expert Dr. Todd Larson of The Whitefish Press and "Fishing For History" blog, notes, there are some good reasons why the Pelican never left its mark on the tackle industry.
In past years, I've shown you some of the new lures from ICAST in photo gallery form. This year I thought it was time to step up the game. Starting today, I'm going to post a pool test video every week, highlighting seven of what I considered the most unique, innovative or eye-catching lures you'll see on the shelves this fall or in early 2012. I think the action of a lure tells you a lot more about a its potential than a photo. First up, ABT's new Banshee Swimbait, which John Merwin posted about this week. Click here to read what John had to say, then watch the video and tell me if you think the Banshee is as sexy as I do. In the coming weeks you'll see everything from new ice jigs to creatures to topwaters.
Way back in February, I posted about a contest put on by the World Fishing Network in which they were asking people to vote online for what they considered the "Ultimate Fishing Town" in the United States. You guys posted a few of your own votes in the comment section of that blog, offering Walker, MN, Soldotna, AK, and Hayward, WI, as a sampling of cities you thought fit the bill. I'd agree that all of them had the potential to win. Well, the results are in and apparently the ultimate fishing town is Roscoe, New York.
The guy in the photo is ABT Lures founder Allen Borden, shown at the recent ICAST fishing-industry trade show. The lure he’s holding is a four-sectioned hard-body swimbait called “Banshee.” It’s a good lure, but for veteran lure-designer Borden, it’s an even bigger bet.
I got the story behind the story through a quick interview. Borden was a California roofing contractor for 21 years. Also a fisherman, he had ideas for new lures as so many fishermen do. About 10 years ago, he started fooling around with carving and then molding hard-plastic baits. Eventually he made some jointed hard-bodied swimmers that he showed at ICAST in 2003.
Strike King, one of the major lure brands, picked up both the lure and Borden shortly thereafter. For the next 7 years, Borden was a Strike King lure designer creating such well-known jointed hardbaits as the King Shad.
What happens to the reporter in this video has likely happened to you, just not on national Australian television. But if you tried to do this with only one cast (barring being in the midst of an epic bird blitz), you'd probably never pull it off. Here's hoping all your treble hooks stay feather-free this weekend.
Though we've seen plenty of topwaters, flies and spinners in our ongoing vintage tackle contest, trolling lures are few and far between. This Fishmaster, sent in by Doug Tichenor, caught my eye because though old, it has a striking resemblance to some offshore trolling lures still being produced today. Doug wrote:
This is a Fishmaster lure from the Fishmaster Sporting Goods Co. in Wollaston, Massachusetts. It is plastic with a 36 inch monofilament leader attached to a plastic attractor. The lure fills with water and turns while being trolled. I actually caught a lake trout on it once! I acquired the lure from an uncle years ago.
Here's a bit of light-hearted fun from a fellow angler across the big pond. Dave Newman, U.K. pub owner and frequent fly-fisher of the River Wye, had a problem. He couldn't wade out far enough to put his casts in the middle of the river, where he claims the biggest salmon live. Solution? Newman fired up his hot air balloon, grabbed a rod and commenced hovering mid-river to get a better shot at the heavy hitters. So did the effort pay off?
Not long ago I posted about VMC's new and very innovative SpinShot hooks, which make rigging and presenting a drop-shot rig much faster, easier and more effective. The SpinShots, by the way, won the "Best New Terminal Tackle" category at ICAST. But there were other examples of really smart, yet simple, tackle tweaks on the show floor. Take Bullet Weights' new Tungsten Carolina Rig (below). The whole package weighs the same as the 3/4-ounce brass weight in the photo, yet is more streamlined, lands more softly, and let's you switch plastics and leader lengths a heck of a lot faster.
One of the coolest things I saw at the recent ICAST fishing-industry trade show was also one of the simplest: Uncle Josh Meat.
This venerable maker of pork frogs and pork rinds is now also cutting cured pork fat in shapes such as minnows, leeches, and crawlers. These and more come in various colors, ready to put on a jig or a crawler harness.
The effect is somewhat like soft-plastic baits, but with some important differences. First, Uncle Josh Meat is a natural product and thus biodegradable, unlike most plastics. Second, and because the bait is pork fat, it floats. That means that when rigged on a jig, the free end will gradually float upward and wiggle.