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Pike and ‘Eyes on a ‘Wing (No Prayer Needed...)

Keweenaw Tackle’s Fin-Wing allows anglers to cross the border of commonplace

by: David Rose, Traditions Media

Photo by Courtesy Traditions Media
Photo by Courtesy Traditions Media
(Jun 12, 2015 - Traverse City, MI) The expression “think outside the box” is so cliché these days. But when it comes to catching fish, after all, sometimes the typical tricks in one’s tackle tote have run dry. And the angler who dares to cross the borders of commonplace is the one who ends up out-fishing their buddies.
 
 
With that said, mull this scenario over: The wind’s blowin’. Waves are rolling right over a cabbage bed on a massive, shallow-water flat. No doubt, the chop has some of the lake’s biggest northerns and outsized ‘eyes prowling in and around those weeds sabotaging prey. Trolling would be the best way to cover as much water as possible in a short period of time.
 
From within your box (both physical and metaphorical), you’ve got the standard search baits at the ready – crankbaits, bodybaits, spinners and heavy-weight spoons. But there’s a problem... You know you’ll be incessantly hooked up, reeling in and removing weeds from your lures.
 
The good news is you really don’t have to reach far out of that proverbial psychological package to find another solution. All you have to do is grab the Fin-Wing from your tackle box, clip it on your line via a snap and let out line.
 
Yes, it really is as simple as that.
 
At first glance, the Fin-Wing looks spoon-like in nature. The lure’s stamped from high-grade metal, painstakingly finished and adorned with a high-quality hook and split ring. But when taking a closer look, you’ll notice it has a shape like no other lure on the market. And it’s that form that gives the Fin-Wing its unique action. It doesn’t just wobble; it doesn’t roll; nor does it dive. Instead, it swims steadfast. And that’s what makes it a great bait for tickling the weed tops for pike and walleye while trolling. Even heavy-duty fluorocarbon leaders of 20-pound test won’t impede the lure’s action.
 
To boot, included with every Fin-Wing is a wide-gap single J-hook that makes the bait even more weed resistant, and it’s perfect for tipping with a lively minnow or portly soft plastic to bulk up its profile and add fish-tantalizing flare to its already superior sparkle.
 
Continuing the cliché, let’s contemplate more ways to fish a Fin-Wing for pike and walleye: Casting into small pockets of weeds, gnarled wood or jagged rocks? That’s an easy one. Vertical jigging? Oh yeah. Maybe pulling them behind in-line planer boards for fish suspended high in the water column?  That’s more like it. How about pulling it behind a 3-way for fish scattered upon a main-lake basin or along the break of a river channel? There you go.  
 
The dramatic Fin-Wing is available in 1/4-, 3/4- and 1-ounce sizes to match the scale of nearly any forage with fins. And there are a dozen classic colors to choose from, 10 with translucent hues, and all tinted with UV paint for every degree of water clarity.  
 
What’s the best way we can put it? (Okay, here we go again...) Think outside the box. Tie on a Fin-Wing and let you imagination run wild.
 
Photo by Courtesy Traditions Media