It’s rare these days to see something totally different and unique come across in fishing lures, which is why I’m pretty excited about the new plug from NorthBar Tackle, the Flying Squid. The front of this pencil-popper-style topwater plug has four fins on it—like a torpedo—designed to steady the plug in the air and eliminate the tumbling that costs plugs casting distance.
I had a chance to test out some of the prototypes of this lure a couple of years ago. Larry Welcome of NorthBar Tackle shipped four different plugs with different wing sizes and construction and asked me to cast them and see what I thought. On a February day, only a little nicer than this one, I took the plugs to the Cape Cod Canal and tried them out. I wasn’t surprised to see that the plugs launched like a rocket, but I was surprised to see how great the action looked in the water. The fins really chopped up the surface, making a big commotion. Since the plugs were prototypes (the only ones in existence at the time) I had to send them back, so I didn’t get to see how they work when the stripers were running. Fortunately, it looks like I’ll have a chance to put the Flying Squid in front of some stripers this spring.
If you’d like to try a Flying Squid, simply comment on this post to let us know you’d like to be entered into the giveaway. We’ll draw two winners on February 19th.