As many of you know, I was on the recent Team Hoo Cow Hunt 16-day trip. I plan to write more about the trip in another post, but one piece of news really shouldn't wait. The night before our trip left the dock, I spent some time with Jerry of JRI, a great guy and an obsessive technician when it comes to fishing tackle. If you haven't already tried JRI iron, both light and heavy, you owe it to yourself to give them a shot. You won't be sorry. The original 'Hooicide Bombs were very effective, and the new JRI direct tie bombs are outstanding. Don't take my word for it...ask Soda Pop. Jerry showed up to drop off some of the direct tie bombs, but especially to bring me the very first production model of the JRI Intruder. Yep, the very first one out of the mold. Now the JRI Intruder project has been news on this board on and off for years now. It was originally Jerry's attempt to recreate from scratch the no-longer-in-production "Hooker Intruder." Jerry did well with his lure, and anglers who used it (including yours truly) had a lot of success with it. It was a prototype, of course, meant to duplicate as best possible the original lure. Even so, it was a facsimile, and never identical to the Hooker version. I don't know if that model ever went into production mode, but it was every bit good enough to fish with. Those who owned or had owned an original Hooker Intruder, though, maintained that it wasn't quite the same. The JRI Prototype was very productive, but it couldn't match the original. Then something interesting happened. One of Jerry's friends introduced Jerry to the surviving partner of Hooker (there were two partners, and one has since passed away). To make a long story short, Jerry abandoned his attempt to reinvent the wheel, and went into partnership with the original inventor to bring the original Intruder back. That effort started some three years ago, and has also been the subject of several threads on this board. Interest has always remained high...for good reason. In any case, and to make a long post just a little longer, after several unfortunate delays that mostly had very little to do with research and development, the JRI Intruder has arrived. This is essentially the very same Intruder that Hooker marketed in the late 90s, far and away the best wahoo trolling lure pretty much anyone has ever seen. The only difference between the original and the new version is that the JRI Intruder is somewhat more robust, with an incredible through wire unmatched anywhere in the industry.. The JRI Intruder weighs the same, tracks the same, and gets bit the same. It has top quality swivels and hooks, and is not going to break on you. Does it work? On our trip that one lure (eggplant color) caught four wahoo, three for me, and one for another angler who wanted to try it. No other single lure caught as many. The Intruder caught in all three positions, once on the slide, twice on the initial strike. Three times first hit when you include the other angler. On the second bite, the wahoo ate the eye out of one side of the lure. Didn't slow the Intruder down at all. My best assessment was that when a pack of wahoo hit multiple dragged lures within just a few seconds, that was the only time the Intruder wasn't first bit. Any troll rotation longer than a couple of minutes...at least when I was trolling...the Intruder was always first bit, over marauders, DTX Minnows, and even a heavy cowbell. Yes, there were probably 100 DTX Minnows on the boat. Most trolling rotations dragged at least three of them, and they caught a lot of wahoo. But I repeat, my one Intruder caught more fish than any one DTX Minnow or Marauder. I did actually troll my Cowbell Jr. on my last trolling rotation, against four DTX Minnows. I was the one that got bit. I read somewhere that Nomad is in the process of developing a bigger, more robust DTX Minnow, one that will stand up to the violence a little better. I'll be interested to see how that version performs. But for now, the Intuder is my go to trolling lure for wahoo, and the Ballyhood Cowbell Jr. comes a modest second. Yes, I own three DTX Minnows, and I might even bring one or more of them on my next trip. My Intruder will be the first one in the water, though. I can pretty much promise you that.