The Lost Bluey Luscious Lure
A True Story By Greg E.Wilkins, Callaway, VA
What does a Lure do? It attracts. Luscious Lures do it lusciously.
What was supposed to be an eventful trip on Lake Ontario one warm Saturday
afternoon turned out to be quite different thanks to Luscious Lures.
Monte Spencer, Greg Wilkins and the cruiser “Ol’ Jammer”
and the crew from the Boat Doctors were trolling about a mile or so offshore
from Olcott, New York. There were 6 lines in the water. Two on downriggers at 40
and 60 feet. Two on about 250 yards out on Leadcore line and two Dipsey Divers
on outriggers. We had already experienced the tremendous pulling power of the
Luscious Lures as they had out performed every other lure and trick we had
The pinnacle of the day was not to be fully understood
until many hours after we had returned to shore. We had been fussing and fuming
about another cruiser that seemed to be following and crossing too close for
comfort with us on Ol’ Jammer. I guess they were hoping to capitalize on some of
our luck. Several times throughout the afternoon the shout went out “FISH ON!”.
Of the 51 pounds of Salmon we caught, 75% of the strikes were on Luscious Lures.
This one particular time stands out in our minds and
memories and the full impact of the set of circumstances would not be known
until we had returned to shore many hours later. Here is what happened:
The line went down, the shout went out, one of us grabbed
the rod from the holder and with a mighty jerk set the hook deep into enemy
territory, (or so we all thought), one then grabbed the net, another grabbed the
camera. We were ready to pull in another 20 pound King Salmon. A few seconds
after our strike, we noticed that a fisherperson on the other cruiser “hooked
up” as well. A few seconds after that it became clear that the two fisherpersons
were fighting each other. After a tedious hour and a half we had untangled the
lines, retied all the lines and got back to business of fishing. The casualty
was the loss of our large, bright orange, Luscious Lure. It seems that the other
fisherperson's line crossed all our lines, found the Luscious Lure 60+ feet down
and grabbed it. After fighting some time, we broke our line and let her retrieve
the Luscious Lure. We accepted the loss, licked our wounds and got back to work.
Later that night we learned the “rest of the story”. We were all gathered round
a pig roast sharing “fish” stories. Our ears perked when we heard a lady talking
about the very unusual lure she found on the bottom of Lake Ontario. She said
“it must be a rare antique” lure. That is must be “worth a lot of money”. She
said she was already attached to it and that she would “hold on to it”. She was
very fond of her treasure. When she learned that it was our lure, she looked at
us incredulously, then gave the lure back to us. She did not even know she was
hooked up with us.
The Luscious Lures really do a great job of catching fish
Greg E. Wilkins