Local Lure Manufacturers - Part Two
Last year I wrote an article for this newsletter on local lure makers. Since penning that piece, I've continued to look for even more great bait makers residing close to my home town. Here's the scoop on three Ottawa-area lure makers you might want to consider contacting to fill a void in your tackle box for the upcoming season.
River Rat Lures
The benefit of River Rat Lures is their durability as they're made with 0.062" wire. These baits will take a pounding from high-speed trolling as well as the abuse that comes from hooking multiple muskies. Baits can also be used for casting.
A bonus for anglers who crave specific features is that River Rat accepts customized orders, letting you pick the color, size, and blade type. Baits are available through their website at: www.riverratlures.com .
"[The] spinners are handmade designs that are developed to be trolled in open water situations at 1.3 to 2.3 m.p.h. When walleye refuse to strike crank-baits they cannot resist the thumping sound of a spinner tipped with a crawler or artificial bait," the package reads.
"The [spinner's] single hook increases the number of hook ups and the faceted beads reflect light like bait-fish. The clear crystal bead next to the blade adds an eye effect so the fish concentrate in on the upper section of the spinner resulting in less missed strikes," said Hatch. He also noted that the stiffness of the wire shaft will help the blade spin at slower trolling speeds. "The wire also resists zebra mussel abrasions," he added.
Spinners are available through Hatch's website: www.ezelo.com , or at Bennett's Bait and Tackle in Smiths Falls, Ontario.
Hawg Wild Baits
Baits come in standard colours, but anglers
looking for a particular shade can order custom colours. Baits are
available via his website:
www.hawgwildbaits.com , or at Paddletales Tackle in Winchester,