“I’ve discovered a common dominator on lures and baits that seems to be unilateral-the color purple,” said Don McDowell the Shake, Rattle and Troll radio host as he checked in with Examiner for an interview on Tuesday about the upcoming Lobina Lures’ Rico that he designed.
After showing some of the fish he has caught on the prototype McDowell had this to say, “Several things kick in when chosen lures in our clear water lakes that don’t really apply to dingy water. First of all, I try to stay with natural colors of the local forage and try not to give the fish a hard defined target that is easily identified as not as a real food source. “
McDowell recalled when Lobina Lures first presented the clear series. “I flipped out for the clear water line,” the radio host exclaimed. “Taking it a step further, adding a hint of a purple hue found on most type of forage and the colored internal weights to simulate the lateral or blood line is what I truly believe makes this one of the most effective top water lures on the market. today. I feel another key element is the color wrap around on the bottom bib and the slight, red coloration of a bloody lip that gives the total appearance of a wounded, natural forage fish. Another key element most often overlooked is the dressed hook. That’s the first thing that fish key in on when to lure is at rest. Sitting tail down in the water .the black wrap on a white feather further emulates a small shad of sorts.”
Sharing his preferences on the hook dressing, McDowell stated he likes a red, bleeding Daiichi #4 treble with a black feather and red wrap and noted that coming in a close second was the variation of the black or white feather with a chartreuse wrap.
“As I said, the Ricos are without a doubt, the most effect topwater lures on the market, the Clear Series are “slammers” and I’m most proud to have been able to work with Jennifer Duff in developing the Hammer Shad #574; I know it will prove itself to be a go-to lure.”
The Lobina Lures press release follows:
The rumors are true. There’s a new color Rico. Inspired by Don McDowell of Shake Rattle and Troll radio, a new vamp of the Clear Series. Bleeding mouth, purple chin and purple weights to emulate the bloodline of a baitfish, Ayu green back and aurora purple sides on a clear body, finished off with Gamakatsu hooks, black thread (instead of red) hand tied feather trailer. Available in the Rico and Rio Rico.
For more information, visit the Lobina website.