Win a NorthBar Flying Squid

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.

  1. Willy Goldsmith

    Looks delicious! I bet a Virginia Beach bull redfish would slurp one of those up in a heartbeat.

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  2. striperking

    These lures look mint! I would love a chance to win and add this plug to my arsenal! Thank you!

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  3. Joel Halpern

    They look great. Going to Florida to fish and escape the snow of new jersey. Would love to try them there. Hook me up please…..

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  4. Evan

    I went out to Boomvang off the coast of Texas last summer. It’s about 130 NM offshore in 4,500+ ft of water. The tuna were splashing & running all night and we were killing them with top water casting. I think these would work great and i’d love to try one of them out this summer. Please let me know. Thanks!

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  5. Dennis Keefe

    I would definatly try these. I fish raritan bay and NJ coast and in the fall i go out to Montauk, LI. I can out these to good use!

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  6. Alex Bell

    I would love to try these for spring striper action at the mouth of the Chesapeake Bay when the Stripers make their way up the bay to spawn!!! Great topwater action at day break on the 4 islands of the Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel.

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  7. Jeffery Jones

    Interesting. Is this a gimmick or will it cast further then a pencil? One way to find out, I’m in! Thanks.

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  8. James Lavoie

    very smart idea! i’d really like to use these in new hampshire and plum island! either way, i’d like to invest in a few of these for the season!

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  9. Matt Cook

    Im in on this…would love to throw this in montauk and jersey..esp those bunker blitzes

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  10. eric lee

    i an company that makes top water plugs i an really interested in the plug to see how it flys in the air and hoe it moves in the water

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  11. Sean Guzeika

    Interested in trying these off of point Judith in a cross wind! Also is my birthday the day before of the drawing thanks for the chance to wins these

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  12. Don Roberts

    I’m not a plug maker so I rely on the pros. Larry and NorthBar has always produced quality lures that catch. No reason to think this is any different.

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  13. Keith Mannix

    Please enter me in the giveaway. I would be honored to fish one. I love their darters.

    Thanks Keith

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  14. Bill Sheehan

    I would like to be entered into the giveaway for the Flying Squid. Would love to throw that off Nauset Beach this summer.

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  15. richard armstrong

    look’s great would love to try it .I bet it will do good with the striper’s

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  16. Brian Ware

    They look awesome, would be interested to see how the different fin setups work in the water

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  17. John o'shaughnessy

    What a great idea, looks like it will fly like a bullet! Just hope a bluefish doesn’t steel it !

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  18. Paula Higgins

    I would like to try the flying squid – my husband & I always fish the canal when we lived in MA – and expect to be back home for a visit in the spring.

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  19. domingo rivera

    Hi
    Yes I would love to win this lure , I want to try it out for stripers in the Hudson river .

    Thanks
    Domingo

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  20. John Fitzgerald

    I’d like to be entered! Can’t wait to try these out in the canal come spring time!

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  21. Jack Buckley

    I would to try the flying squid. That thing is just waiting for a big striper to burst the surf

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  22. Scott Darling

    These look awesome. It’s great to see something new to try. Where do do I get one?

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  23. John DeLellis

    Hell yea, is this the new SP Minnow replacement? If it works half as good, it will pull them in.

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  24. mike thomsen

    I think that is a great new concept , they love the commotion , and if it is any thing like the bottle darter , Bam you got a winner

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  25. Timothy McManus

    Definitely interested in giving these a try. Northbar is defiantly one of my favorite companies. Their plugs are always my first go to out of the surf bag. Can’t wait to see how these work out. Keep the great plugs coming!

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  26. John Studley

    I would love to toss those around Sow and Pigs, my usual haunt. I will event take video of post it when I nail a cow.

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  27. Lonell Rodgers

    I would love to be entered in the giveaway! I want to try these bad boys on Nantucket.

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  28. Andrew

    I am very interested in this lure! I do a lot of striper fishing here in New England, and I am always looking for something new to try!!! I would love to try it on some of my charters!!!

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  29. Bob Hardiman

    I would love to try these lures out, they look like they would be striper killers around the Elizabeth islands during the spring run. The added distance is just what I need fishing from the boat and staying off the rocks lol. Love the torpedo fins.

    Please enter me in the giveaway.

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  30. Edward S

    Looks like it will kill the red’s and specks…. Maybe a mackerel ,or two… Love to entry some out in South Florida

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  31. Edward Cragin

    Would love to fish these in the canal and surrounding beaches this year . I will get some one way or another . Anything Larry Welcome designs .. I want . thanks eddy

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  32. Stefan Salvador

    Looks to be a promising design. The aerodynamic design will result in longer casts. Being a topwater lure, the fins should create great action causing big bass to strike.

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  33. john leone

    Wow an innovative idea to stabilize the plug in flight. I have to try this plug out, where can I get one?

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  34. Jim ODowd

    Very happy with the bottle darters they make, these look like a great addition to the line.

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  35. Scott King

    They should look at gearing up for tuna. Never enough castability from the topwater tuna lures.

    This looks like the striper version would work well in the canal where we need the distance

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  36. john schmidt

    i would love to try a new lure. There are so many out there that do not work. If I find a lure I like and works I talk it up alot. the canal itself is a beast to fish and if I have the right tool a longer casting lure that works the top current like it is advertised I would be thrilled and might have to give up some of my atomizers.

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  37. V.J.Carr

    Please enter me in the The Flying Squid from Northbar Tackle giveaway. Looks like an amazing lure!!

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  38. Tyler H

    they look like they would be perfect for fishing the canal when you need to reach far out breaking fish. I’m in

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  39. Dax

    Thing looks deadly!!. The red and white looks killer. I have a go to red and clear rapala that it could replace. We cast them up against the floater platforms in the gulf in deep water at night. Im sure that thing would entice any tuna to bite!

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  40. Rich

    I love buying new innovative lures. I’m constantly searching the web for the next big striper lure. Would love to try these out.

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  41. Ed Buccigross

    I love the looks of the flying squid and would appreciate an entry in the giveaway. Thank you. Ed

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  42. Sean Towers

    I would like to be entered into this giveaway for the flying squid plug!! Cool looking plug, and my birthday is Feb. 19th so it would be a great birthday present to get ready for our March 1 striper season!!

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  43. Jason Giguere

    I would like to try this plug out I just got a summer home right at the cape cod canal in Buzzards Bay

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  44. James White

    I like the idea of long casts and the great action provided by this plug design. Sounds like a perfect match for the Canal and the beaches of Race Point.

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  45. jim gill

    Love to surfcast but being from n.e. pa. I don’t get down to jersey as much as I would like to. I would love to try out these new plugs.

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  46. Steve Welgoss

    Don’t have any poppers in my arsenal, so this would be a great gap-filler in my box.

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  47. todd corayer

    interesting design, the red is cool but i wonder if they will be available in other bright colors like on our squid jigs. i bet they cast a country mile. will they produce any with fluorescence built in? thanks

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  48. chris colson

    Would like to test them, Curious on the colors, is there an all white or white and purple or pink like a squid. Also would be interesting to add weight to one to jig for Cod, Ling, Seabass, etc.

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  49. Big Biscuit

    Checked out this very lure last night at the CT Surfcasters monthly meeting last night. I was very impressed.

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  50. Loren Haataja

    The short tale above has caught my attention. I would like to try these out in the Mississippi River and small lakes in central Minnesota.

    Please consider me when selecting the winners.

    Thank you,

    Loren

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  51. Antonio Perez

    Enter me in a need some lures. I will use them for stripped fishing now on march . They come in the river sunn to eat spooned and get big. Fish on every one. From tonyfishon.

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  52. Bob Shiels

    Looks like a quality made lure with heavy VMC type hooks
    The mackerel pattern looks like it would work great this coming spring down at the canal
    Unique head design should enable long casts with excellent action in the water
    Please enter me in you contest so I can test one for myself
    Regards
    Bob Shiels

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  53. Susie gird

    I would love to try the new tackle this fishing season. It woul be great to out fish the boys using the flying squid.. I’m always trying new tackle and new techniques..

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  54. Chris Jonte

    I’m a life-long fish head and love to try new tricks and techniques. This lure looks like it has major potential and I’d love to put it to the test!

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  55. rick marshall

    looks like a fabulous plug for all sorts of big game fish. please enter my name in the drawing would love to win

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  56. Ken

    Will be interested to see how they look in the water. Fun to be thinking fish with more snow on the way!

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  57. Kevin B. Downs

    I live close to the Cape Cod Canal and fish it a lot and would like to try out this plug an d let you know what I think.

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  58. "HeinekenPete" DeCamp

    ….I would love to add these to my NorthBar Bottle Darters this Spring! Sign me up!
    Thanks….

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  59. Speedy Dave

    Please enter me in the drawing for one of these cool looking lures. I want to try one out in Salem Sound.

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  60. Paul Tokarz

    Just what my bag needs for my fist striper of the year. Then I will enter the fish in the 2014 Striper cup. Lets put away the shovels and HIT THE CANAL!!!

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  61. Earl Anderson

    They look great. Would love to throw them this spring when the bunker are around. The bass and blues will eat it up. Please enter me in the contest.

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  62. CB

    I need to have one of these because it’s different from every other lure that I own. Wouldn’t it be something if it caught fish when all of those other lures failed?

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  63. Jim Wallete

    Looking forward to trying the new lure on “Jaws4″ at the Barnegat inlet for stripers and blues. I troll and cast for both types of fish and even have caught Spanish macs in the inlet. Should also work for dolphin off shore. Thanks. Jim

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  64. Richard Reich

    I conventional surfcast and I’m always weaking plugs to swim and cast better. I’d love to try out that plug. Walking the dog with pencil poppers is my favorite way to watch hits.

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  65. Joseph Antin

    please enter me in the giveaway. I live near cape cod canal and would love to give them a try

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  66. Ray Anselmi

    Stripers and Blues love my NorthBar Smokey Joe Bottledarter, and would like to be entered in this Flying Squid giveaway.

    LOL Joe’s mortar comment.

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  67. michael perlstein

    I am looking for a top water plug that doesn’t tumble in the air tangling the hooks while loosing distance. I think this plug can also be worked slower because of the fins.how do I get one to try . Thanks Michael Perlstein

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  68. Evan Janiec

    Love my subscription to your magazine and I’d love to try out this lure with my Dad this summer, if it ever gets here!!!! Enter my name for your giveaway .

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  69. John Oakman

    I fish Stripers on Plum Island and casting distance is always at a premium.
    This might just make the difference!
    Count me IN!

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  70. Larry G Brand

    I don’t have one and I need one! I have an open space in my tackle box and this sounds like the better mouse trap. I’m in.

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  71. Jon Fagan

    Looks like a cool new plug to try out this year. Would love to be entered into the giveaway and I would also like to know if you can buy these in Fairfield County, CT.
    If you are looking for a place where they might be willing to sell these, check out The Dock Shop in Darien, CT.

    Jon

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  72. Paul L'Herrou

    My buddy and I did a lot of exploring of Ipswich, Essex, Cape Ann last spring-summer-fall. Both of us just joined Plum Island Surfcasters. Looking forward to a successful upcoming striper season.

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  73. J K Quackenbush

    Appears to be an interesting conceptual approach … These would be fun to try out. I think I’d reach for the smaller size first … and, already envision a couple of possible modifications (!). Oh Oh … a new ‘Go To’ lure about to launch … !

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  74. ted pennas

    I think this could be real winner for Bass night fishing( trolling ). I have Seen a lot of big bass caught this way on both sides of the canal”s head waters.
    Boy, I would like to see the action of this plug while trolling.
    please enter me
    thanks
    ted

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  75. Marc Di Verdi

    I like the design it’s very creative I’m wondering how it will perform in a cross wind, also durability of the fins when I cast into a rock, maybe I will win in the drawing then find out for myself :)

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  76. stephen t. lobosco

    What great innovation, as you said it’s extremely rare to come by something entirely NEW in the world of plug design. thank you for the opportunity, I AM IN!

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  77. Brian Ball

    These look awesome. It’s great to see something new to try. Where do I get one for the tackle box?

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  78. Randy Benedict

    Hi I am a big LI Surfcasters always in the market for a new and improved lure that’s going to increase my chances of landing that trophy striper! I have a caught a 39″ this past year , but I am hunting for that 40+ trophy . So I would love to test run your outrageous looking well crafted Flying Squid and put it to the test for the spring run here on the south shore of Long Island
    Thank Randy …..STRIPER SNIPERS……

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  79. Joe Apanowitch

    Just trying to win this contest and possibly bring home a present from On The Water. With my b-day coming up March 7th and the new family boat to be prepped and splashed this Spring, I’m pretty stoked, at the opportunity to get my hands on this new edge and catch up some Stripers with North Bar Tackle and On The Water.

    Tight lines, everyone, hope to see you On The Water!

    Joe Apanowitch
    “Mister Boots”

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  80. Doug

    Interesting design. Would be interesting if cup type indentation was added to the attachment area.

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  81. Joe Nixon

    I really have to say, this Flying Squid would look great in my display cabinet next to all my Stan Gibbs! Cheers!

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  82. rick valiquette

    What a great idea. How far could you cast it on the canal. Can’t wait to buy them when they arrive.

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  83. Daria

    Please enter me in the giveaway. I would love to try the flying squid. Looks awesome and I might be able to finally catch more fish than my boyfriend or Dad. Lol. Thank u so much. Wish me luck. :)

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  84. Bob Ouellette

    Sound like a great option to try out on Naragansett Bay this year. I’m loking forward ot giving it a go. Best of Luck!

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  85. RJ McRae

    I would appreciate being cosidered for entry in the Northbar Flying Squid Giveaway. As someone that always seems to be distance challenged when fish are breaking in the middle of the Canal I’m looking forward to giving this inovative plug design a try. The reasons I subscribe to On the Water are for information like this, how to articles and of course Charley Soares’ stories.

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  86. Steven MacDonald

    I’d love this thing! I can absolutely see the fins churning up the water in front of this thing, and basically ringing the dinner bell for hungry bass!

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  87. Jaime

    Looks interesting… I’d love to give that a toss! Enter me into the giveaway please!!

    Thanks

    Jaime

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  88. Michael

    I would love to try one of these on the Nauset Spit. Maybe they would get past the seals!!!

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  89. Joe Templin

    Different, looks great, I like different lures, something fish never saw , Please enter me

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  90. tackle guru

    NEED TO MAKE A PLUG THAT HAS THE PROPER COLORS OF A SQUID, IF YOU ARE GOING TO CALL IT A FLYING SQUID.MAYBE A PLASTIC OR RUBBER SKIRT IN THE REAR WOULD HELP THE OVERALL LOOK OF A SQUID ALSO. I WOULD TRY TO PUT THE FINS IN THE REAR WITH SOME TYPE OF SKIRT OR GRUBTAIL WITH SINGLE HOOK. NOW TRY THAT OUT AND GET IT UP TOP IN A GOOD CURRENT, IF YOUR GOOD, YOU SHOULD BE ABLE TOGET THAT PLUG TO FLY OUT OF THE WATER EASIER WHEN YOU FEEL THE NEED TO IMITATE SQUID FLYING OUT OF THE WATER.

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  91. Kevin Morris

    I understand the drawing has past but would like to know where to buy. I’m liking the blood red on one and mackerel pattern on the other. Would love to give both calamari a shot! Thanks.

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  92. John Solari

    I would love to be.entered into getting one of these new flying squid lures. We’re getting all geared up for the bass season this year and it would seem this lure could be a killer off the race this year!

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  93. larry n

    i fish open beaches a lot, with less than perfect wind lol accuracy with your cast is a lot more important than distance in my opinion will probably buy a couple of these when I see them in my local b&t

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