CHAPTER 6 - Strike Triggers

CHAPTER 6 -  Strike Triggers



Every year, we fishermen see hundreds of new fishing lures introduced. Almost without fall, they are variations on existing themes, Diving plugs that dive a little deeper, vibrating baits with a different set of rattles, swim­ming plugs with a different wobble, ptastic worms with new tail shapes, spinner baits with differently shaped blades or with modifications to the typical wire shapes, etc.

For the most part, these changes, add little to the ability of the fisherman to catch fish. They don't do something new; so much as they do the same old things slightly differently. Every now and then, a new fishing lure does have a spark of originality. The first "twist tail" plastic baits for instance, or the birth of modern crank-baits with the introduction of the original Big-0 ™, or the marriage of the weedless, living rubber jig and the pork frog. Ideas that seemed revolutionary at the time made a lasting impression on the sport.

Catching fish on artificial lures isn't that complicated when you think about it.

There are basically two steps to the process:

1. Get the lure and a fish close enough to each other for the fish to react to the lure.

2. Get the fish to take the lure into Its mouth, by either "tricking" it into thinking the lure is something it might want to eat, or by provoking some type of reflexive reaction.

Most "improvements" in lure design are conceived with step (2) in mind. Those that are aimed at helping with step (1) often try to do the job by the introduction of "advertiser" qualities, like noise or high visibility that increase the range at which a fish Is aware of the lure's presence. The theory Is that the "advertisers" will act as "attractors." Once a fish is aware of the lure, it will be drawn to investigate by the oddity of the thing. The Flying Lure attacks both aspects of catching fish ~ proximity and appeal. Appeal comes from maximizing the naturalness of the appearance and action of the lure. Proximity Is achieved by the lure's ability to actually get right into the places where fish live to actually head right into the fish's hiding places!


In many fishing situations, a sudden change in the speed, direction or action of a lure triggers a strike. Stopping a crank-bait is perhaps the most commonly used such trigger, but there are many others. Think of the number of times a fish has hit your crank-bait almost under the boat, as it veered toward the surface at the end of the retrieve. The Flying Lure offers a directional-shift option never before possible on a horizontal plane. During a swimming retrieve, the lure can be made to not only stop, but to almost Instantaneously reverse Its course. In field tests, this has proven to be an enormously successful tactic for bass, but what it does lo notorious "lure followers" like pike and musky is incredible.

On a straight retrieve, the Flying Lure wobbles along much like a sinking plug. Visualize a big northern following along behind it. as they so often do -- pacing the lure -- a few feet behind. Trying to decide whether or not to exert that open-jawed burst of speed that would surely capture this "thing". Now visualize what might happen if the "thing" suddenly reversed course, and swam back towards the following predator. If your mental picture was one of a tooth filled mouth, opening quickly to capture the prey, you conjured up exactly what we've seen happen time and again on the water!

The presentation possibilities an angler can achieve with the Flying Lure are limitless. Scoot it along the bottom like a crawfish. Make it struggle to the surface and then swim lazily back towards the bottom and cover. "Walk" down a bridge abutment or near a vertical bluff, swimming into any crevices or openings it encounters. Cause it to dart off to either side. Work it in place, with the skirt section quivering while the lure remains stationary. Fish the Flying Lure once, and the ideas come quickly. Try It on the surface!

Like no other lure, like no style of lure presentation, the Flying Lure can work its way into those impossible places, strutting its amazingly productive natural action in front of "uneducated" fish. Fish that haven't seen ANY lures before! Suddenly, on hard-fished, local waters, strikes come easily and often, just as if you were the first angler to visit the lake!


If you've ever traveled to a remote location to fish, you know what fishing can be like when you're presenting your lures to fish that have never seen an artificial lure. Strikes come easily and often. But real "virgin water" gets farther and farther away each year, as the ever Increasing population of fishermen spreads out, taking too many of the "easy" fish and "educating" the ones that remain. Yet there are most likely, numerous areas of "virgin water" on any body of water you might cast a lure. In - places that fish hide and fishermen can't reach with their lures -- before the Flying Lure, that is!