Well, the salt water fishing season has ended quietly on MVY for most of us. Saw a fellow the other day at the Katama breach with one line out bottom fishing and casting with a second outfit—a real die-hard! I have to admit that I’ll take a nine or eleven foot outfit with me on a bluebird day walk at Long Point or one of the other beaches. But, show season has started for us on many of the weekends and this is our production time of the year so most of my equipment has been cleaned up for the winter. We had a booth a the Southern CT Distributor show last week. Plenty of new equipment to see when the retail shows start right after the New Year. We’re pleased to announce that we’re holding our prices for 2011 from those of 2010. That should be reflected at your favorite local tackle shop. We work hard to keep our costs down by buying odd lots of plastic, large quantities of lure cards, hooks and other material and whatever else that saves costs, which we pass on to you.
On a separate note, we have two new markets that happened without any sophisticated plan on our part, or more correctly no planning at all. Just recently several people have told us about how effective our 1 and 1 ½ ounce Hammer can be when used as a jig ice fishing. We actually had an inkling a few years ago when I gave two furnace repairmen some Hammers after they finished their work at our place. They later told me about the big Landlocked Salmon and Lake Trout they caught at Newfound Lake in NH. They knew enough about the lake contours to fish a ravine or trough that runs along the bottom, apparently an old stream bed. In any event, they jigged the Hammers through the ice in those locations. Now we get reports that some of the successful anglers on Lake Winnipesaukee fish drop-offs with the Hammer with similar results , especially Lake Trout. They are telling us that the slim profile of the lure allows them to jig right on the drop-off without the current pulling the lure away from the contour, which I’m told happens with other lures. We would love to hear reports from any of you with similar experiences. I guess we’d better do some ice fishing too!
Yet another event was our 1 ¾ ounce Bounder winning a year long fishing contest in the Canadian wilderness lakes of Saskatchewan and Northwest Territories. The contest was for the best lure for Northern Pike. Prerequisites included: 1. Casting well in the windy conditions prevalent in that neck of the woods, 2. Fishing well in the typical shallow-water, reed filled bays of the lake and 3. Withstanding the destructive teeth of the Pike. Our winning grand prize? A beautiful big tanned Beaver pelt which now graces the upper back and headrest of my reclining leather armchair—my favorite reading spot by the woodstove these winter evenings! Just last week we received our first order from Sweden—guess what the targeted fish is over there—you got it—Pike.
Standby for some exciting new product news that will be offered at the Beachcomber Shop on this website in a few weeks. Happy Holidays!!!