When Modern Lures Fail, Just Make a Tree Bark Jig

The other day a buddy sent me a link to an article on Advancedangler.com about bass pro Skeet Reese taking a bunch of major league baseball players down to the Amazon for a little peacock bass fishing. It's a cool story, but what stuck out most to me was the paragraph on lures. Skeet brought down a load of new baits from Lucky Craft and River2Sea, but high water conditions apparently made it tough to use some of those lures in the places the peacocks were hiding. Luckily, their local guides had a trick up their sleeves.

With MacGyver-like skills, the guides stripped a little bark off a tree, quickly lashed it to a jighead, and voila...they created the lure (above) that, according to the story, caught most of the peacocks throughout the trip. Skeet's comment about the whole thing was, "If I'd have known [we'd be using the jigs], I could have made my suitcase a lot lighter."

If that's not a great example of resourcefulness and local know-how trumping modern technology, I don't know what is. I also think it proves that if you were in a survival situation and had nothing but a pocketknife and a bare jighead, you'd probably be able to catch your dinner. The lure above is nothing but a bucktail jig with bark instead of buck. I'd be willing to bet grass, strips of leaves, or long pine needles might work just as well.