A creative solution to a fishing dilemma—a description of many of the best fishing lures ever made. That the new design at first looks odd is usually beside the point. If it catches fish, the fishing lures appearance becomes irrelevant. Imagine what anglers must have thought when they saw the first safety-pin spinnerbait.
Or consider the Flying Lure—a funky looking doodad that once out-sold every other lure on the planet. Inventor Alex Langer was a young tournament angler when he realized that the biggest bass nobody could catch lurked beneath overhead cover, where no conventional lure could travel. Dreams of catching these hawgs became an obsession, leading to drawings of a lure that solved the problem; something that backed into cover, rather than moving forward and away from it, like every other jig then available. Although Langer’s finished product looked goofy, it was an ingenious solution, and a concept that’s as relevant today. Anglers can relate to Langer’s dilemma, drawing inspiration from local lunkers hiding in tricky settings.
- river2seausa.com - For over a decade, lure artisan and TV host Larry Dahlberg kept a trick up his sleeve. He calls it Mr. Whiggley, a unique softbait with slick moves. He’s crafted baits for many years and eventually teamed with River2Sea, which replicated his designs including Whopper Plopper, Wideglide, and Clackin’ Crayfish.
“Mr. Whiggley was the first design I brought to River2Sea a number of years ago,” he says. “I wanted something that would glide and dart, as well as swim, and not slow down and drop head-first on slack line.” Dahlberg says the River2Sea version has a sliding, through-bait harness connected to a single treble hook. “When something grabs a Whiggley, it gets stung by the single hook, minimizing damage to fish, while the bait slides up the line out of the way. It makes for a long-lasting lure—even among toothy critters.” He calls it “the most versatile bait for pike, stripers, muskies, and peacock bass I’ve ever used. It has a random action when twitched, or fished stop-and-go. As a result, it works differently for each angler. It has a realistic swimming action when reeled fast, yet it can be fished at almost an infinite range of speeds.” Although he’s hand-poured Whiggleys from 6 to 24 inches—he recently caught a big tarpon on a 24-incher in Trinidad—the new River2Sea rendition is a 10½-inch soft slab sized for big predators.