Lighter is Better
I’ve been trolling spreader bars for nearly two decades now. And, I’ve built thousands of spreader bars. Through all this, I’ve learned many things about spreader bars. But, one thing really stands out when thinking design and the building of great performing spreader bars. That one thing is this, LIGHTER IS BETTER. Why is this weight issue important? Because the spreader bar is a surface lure, and a heavy bar, by nature, wants to sink. A heavy bar wants to swim subsurface and that’s a bad thing for a surface lure. So I build my bars light. I’ve taken the lead out of all my spreader bars.
While taking the lead out, I found the bars were loosing some of their on the water stability. I learned that lead placed properly in the teaser spread provided the stability needed for the bar to run correctly. But I was determined to eliminate the all the lead. LIGHTER IS BETTER.
The answer to the no lead and proper stability issue was found in my developing the “flow thru”, “open faced”, and custom hollow body teaser squid. Instead of using lead weight induced water drag for bar stability, I now use “water grabbing” open faced teaser squids for this required water drag stability. Open faced squids placed strategically in the teaser squid spread insure my 21st Century Spreader Bars now are as light as possible and are stable while being trolled. And, the “open faced” teaser squids and hook baits swim sub-surface while the other teaser squids mostly skip across the waters surface. Another fish attracting dimension added exclusively to my 21st Century Spreader Bars.
Compact Bars are Good
Simply put, compact bars are user friendly. They are angler friendly. With this concept in mind, I endeavor to build spreader bars that are attractive to the fish and are as compact as possible for the angler. Depending on the size (length) of the teaser squids attached to the bar, the overall length and width are kept to a fish attracting minimum. And thus, my bars are as user friendly as possible while successfully trolling up the fish.