Wednesday, August 11, 2010
D.O.A. Lures produce in the toughest of conditions
I am lucky to be sponsored by D.O.A. Lures. I'm very proud and honored.
I've known the company's founder, Mark Nichols (right), for many years and I've always admired his innovativeness and determination. I've also marvelled at his fishing ability. He certainly is one of the best anglers with whom I've had the pleasure to fish.
Sarasota guide Rick Grassett and I drove to Palm Bay to fish with Nichols a few years ago. The first day, we fished a number of spots and caught spotted seatrout, ladyfish, jack crevalle and a snook or two. Nichols managed to land a small tarpon at a spot near some sort of plant.
The second day out was a bonanza. We fished the St. Lucie Inlet and worked D.O.A. Baitbusters off a ledge. We caught 12 snook to 17 pounds.
Grassett and I were thrilled.
Nichols wasn't so happy.
"Sorry about today, guys," he said.
"We didn't get a 20-pounder," said Nichols.
While the day might not have been what Nichols had in mind, it was the greatest snook outing of our lives. It was subpar to Nichols, but great for us.
It's all a matter of perspective.
Along Florida's west coast, you most certainly have to use live bait or fish at night to achieve a catch like that. But on the east coast, it's a sub-par day.
My spin clients and I catch a lot of fish on D.O.A. lures. Recently, we've been taking a load of hefty spotted seatrout on D.O.A. CAL Jigs and gold paddle tails. In addition, the gold 1/4-ounce shrimp has been producing nicely.
What I really love about the paddles tails is that they're tougher than a cheap steak. You don't have to go through many over the course of a day.
D.O.A. lures are quality. The perform well and last. Best of all, they catch fish.
Someone recently said, "I know why you speak so highly of D.O.A. Lures. It's because you get them for free."
Like ESPN college football analyst Lee Corso is fond of saying, "Not so fast, my friend."
I don't get them for free. And even if I did, I wouldn't use them if they didn't produce. They're the best soft plastics on the market.