CanyonGear Tip of the Week

Lures, Leaders and Skirts - this is not necessarily a tip more of an opinion.  We have spent thousands of hours creating and perfecting lure heads and shapes with the correct keel weights to maximize the effectiveness of the head "shape" action so it performs in the water as it is intended.

To me in a nutshell.......I see allot of rigged lures, of all shapes, sizes and designs with rigging by owners, mates or anglers.  One of the things I notice frequently is the "over sizing of leaders".  I understand why this is done, as re-rigging is a chore but a necessary evil, alas sidestepping that chore by using larger leaders as a peace of mind just doesn't wash. 

Without going into a big discussion about that, let me just say this. 

If you "oversize" your leaders to the point where they don't match the lure size and as well use any of the new "hard" leader materials in THOSE SIZES, this will significantly impact the lures ability to run as it was intended and perform the action your looking for when you bought it.  I see "small and medium" lures being run with leaders which in my opine are too big and virtually eliminates the head action as it was intended.  At this point you might as well pull a straight running lure such as a bullet, or flat face pusher style.  Caveat: targeting species does and will dictate leader size so don't get the wrong idea here, these are general comments based on countless hours or pulling lures and gear.

Match your leader to your lures, yes you might chafe off a fish now and again, I would rather have the bite to begin with and be able to control the fight using the boat and the drag system with a lighter leader that is in tune with the lure size and shape.

This is without question an arguable point for many reasons - just an opinion on our part.

To this end, and another point of interest in line with allowing a lure head shape to "work", this is the reason we use "cone style" skirts versus "octopus style" skirts.  I am again a firm believer in letting the lure head shape perform to it's maximum potential.  I firmly believe that the flare of an octopus skirt behind the lure head impedes the hydro-dynamic action of the lure head versus a more streamlined "coned head" style skirt.  We want the transition, from lure head to skirt to be as streamlined as possible so as to not interrupt the action of the head in any way.  Therefore, we skirt all of our lures with "cone" style or "TT" skirts. Just a thought........

CanyonGear Tip of the Week

Make it a Habit! - When terminating ANY connection using mono filament or fluorocarbon with a crimp we always "burn" the tag end of the line.  The insurance factor of having what is known as a "ball" - "mushroom" - "blob" at the end of the tag has a number of benefits.

Why do this? - The obvious is the ball or mushroom acts as stop, in the event, under pressure the line slides within the crimp, it might prevent the tag from sliding thru the crimp.  Another reason is it actually helps make the "loop" when terminating for any reason.  The tag end "mushroom" acts as stop so when sizing your loop all you have to do is pull on the mainline without the tag end sliding into or out of the crimp.  Fluorocarbon leader is notoriously "slick" and should be burned without question we are of the opinion.

Tip: Pull the tag a safe distance from the crimp and the mainline when heating to eliminate any heat reaching the rest of the line!  Say 3" to 4" and obviously watch your flame or heat source!  When the tag end with your mushroom is cool slide the crimp down to the tag, acting as a stop, size your loop by pulling on the mainline side and crimp!  Makes loop sizing allot easier.  This only takes a few extra seconds to do.
Your not actually "burning" the line, heating is more the actual occurrence to where the line just begins to soften.  There are a number of ways to create the "mushroom", tap against a flat surface, timing the cool down you can use your fingers - beware - ! for obvious reasons or use your finger nail as a flat surface.  We like to create a mushroom with the edges rolled over so as not to risk any chafe on the mainline side.

CanyonGear Tip of the Week

During a typical day's fishing, checking or changing the baits in your trolling spread must be performed dozens of times during a day for numerous reasons. Weeds, debris, washed out bait, lure color change etc.

If you are pulling heavy tackle with big baits or lures, this makes what seems a simple chore a big job for the guys who must turn the handle against that pressure.

Anything short of stopping the boat to help make this chore easier is a benefit most anglers or deckhands appreciate. Teamwork is crucial by having a second person hold rod just below the tip of the rod during the retrieval.  This helps in many ways and the lure or bait "checking" is handled by this person as well. This support action stops the rod tip from bouncing around and prevents the line from wrapping around the rod tip when the bait or lure skips out of the water.

After the bait or lure is checked or changed out the person who wound the bait or lure up the releases the drag and monitors the redeployment in harmony with the team mate who watches and manually directs the bait or lure past the other lures or baits in the spread.  This two person process is faster and cuts down the possibility of tangling with with other lures or baits in the spread in both directions.