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Thread: Are you a blind fish too?
May-10-2012, 02:16 PM #1
Are you a blind fish too?
That is a song by Sublime, is it not?
Back in 1999, there were no weightless / weedless bigbait/big swimbaits on the market. The bigbait craze that started in Japan in 2000 started with the Osprey Talon, with had a harness and treble hook in the belly. A fine bait for sure, but much of the fishing we do in Japan, especially at Lake Biwa, is in weedy areas.
So, I started carving a model that could take the 11/0 offset Owner, or the Gammi EWG 8/0, and swim weightless, and essentially be weedless.
The first step in proto production is to get the shape and size of the bait down. Then you make a mold, and string it up, and see how it swims. This one swam bitchen from the git go. The next step(s) is to cast a urethane mold of the bait, in the proto RTV mold, and add the ascetics...eyes, gill slits, scales, etc. This process is repeated , until you have an "MR" (Market Ready) bait.
This is one of the many swimbaits that I designed that I never finished past the proto stage...hence the no eyes, and body detail.
This one gets bit pretty well, and I just pour these for myself, and my crew, since 1999. The swimbob pictured above is about 7 inches long, and quite robust...very round for a hand pour.
I set out for the big lake (Biwa) on a solo tip, one rod, one lure, and one 10/0 hook. I like fishing these types of baits with the hook only, if I can get away with it. The true test for these type of swimbaits is if they will swim with no added weight. I sometimes fish these with the various offset hooks with weights, or I simply wrap heavy lead wire over the shank if I want to get down a little deeper.
Biwa is a big, deep lake...I have seen guys surfing the 3 foot mush on the northern part of the lake. Today , the wind chop was breaking up on the rip rap, getting my Topsiders wet.
Pitch black, no flash, with a 1/6 sec exposure.
This is a 1.3 second exposure, with the plethora of Love Hotels (you better axe sumbody) on the opposite shore line.
I got one bite, and fortunately the fish stuck. I was targeting post spawn females...the spawn is long over in the southern part of the lake I was fishing. After doing the dirty deed (spawning) the females have not eaten for quite some time, and the fish target larger fin fish, for a quick , large calorie boost.
I spent that past two days at the hospital; it was great to get out on the lake...fish, or no fish.
May-10-2012, 07:21 PM #2
I'm a Bass Commando, nino for example, this Bassin lifestyle is hard to Handle So I gotta toss cranks cause I'm more of a Bass slayer..... Word Son
May-10-2012, 07:35 PM #3
Badfish, and looks like she's that too.
May-10-2012, 11:52 PM #4
Hey Capt. G. my brother Steve H. was the the creator of Osprey Luers . They were manufactured in Bishop Califorina . I have one of his hand carved prototyps I may be interested in selling if the price is right. Oh and nice fish !Caliente Tuna
May-11-2012, 09:42 AM #5
Many proto models were made, and they are really not worth much...but if I were you, I would prodly display that in your home, or office. It is a vital part of bigbait history.
Steve was smart, as he worked and collaborated with specialists to produce the Talon. I had Master Mold Maker, John Zank make the molds. I sourced the plastic, and materials (the hex glitter was my addition). Steve managed it in the USA, and I managed it in Japan. I sold more Osprey (seven figures) in Japan, than all the other USA distributors combined. My corporation holds the record for yearly sales of a single bait...anywhere in the world--the Osprey Talon.
Osprey made a good lure, but that alone sits on the shelf. You need mass exposure, and promotion. Enter Capt. G.
Cover shots, and hundreds of pages in major mags and newspapers (I am a professional writer, by trade) got the ball steam rolling.
Photo shoots 20 to 25 days a month, in three countries.
I even put your bro (far left) in a magazine, with celebrity Jim Murata. The bait your bro, and Jim are holding was designed in Japan by me...and Jim named it "Armored Swimbait, and your bro produced it.
But all good things must come to an end. After three years of mass sales and promotion, your brother went with a different distributor...that's just business. But they did not even fish, nor promote. They promised the world to your bro, and left him handing in the breeze. The new distributor was never even able to sell 1/4 of what I did...which was not nearly enough. A counter offer was made to my corporation...but I give no one a second chance...I had moved on to bigger and better things.
End of history lesson.
May-11-2012, 10:22 AM #6
Fishing, Photography, & History in one post. Hell ya.
Capt. G, ever targeted the yellows on one of those swimbobs?
May-11-2012, 12:00 PM #7
Limited edition Nezumaa (I will give anybody 10 grand, cash, US currency if they know what that name means) Mickey Mouse works wonders on the cabrilla....
8 inch trout swimbob kills albies....
and the same 8 inch trout swimbait on a 2.5 oz. leadhead got me a limit yellowtal from 28 to 41 pounds, at Chester the Moster Rocks.
May-11-2012, 12:19 PM #8
Wow, now that looks like fun. I'm determined to catch a yellow on plastics.
May-11-2012, 12:20 PM #9
Coming in hot G. gettum!
May-11-2012, 01:05 PM #10
Hell yeah Too Drunk to Fuck!Awesome thread and pics!
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