finally recovered from ICAST.
feat after sitting for 10 hours in the Las Vegas
airport while a massive electrical storm swept through Minneapolis
where I was destined to catch my connecting flight on to Winnipeg.
Of course, when we finally took off from Vegas and landed in Minneapolis, I missed the
last possible connecting flight by 10-minutes.
So, it was
spend the night in the Twin Cities and fly home on Saturday. I won't even comment on the total
"non-help" offered to us by Delta Airlines. (Trust me, I'll take Air Canada any day!) They simply left
us stranded in the Minneapolis
airport, at mid-night, with no assistance whatsoever, save for a shrug of the
the movie Planes, Trains and Automobiles when Steve Martin rented a car
at the airport, walked out five miles to the parking lot, discovered the car
wasn't there and then slugged his way through slush and snow all the way back
to the terminal rental counter to be greeted by a perky agent? Well, this agent wasn't even perky!
Stout from Bassmaster Magazine, his wife Deb and I started phoning hotels in
and around the airport. They had all
been booked by similarly stranded passengers who had arrived on earlier flights
and who also missed their connections.
So, Louie, Deb and I headed all the way downtown for a couple of hours
sleep before heading back to the airport.
when I finally arrived back home in Kenora, I had the prescription to cure
everything that was ailing me. That is
because I had scored half a dozen sample packages of the new VMC Spinshot
hooks, courtesy of Cyrille Mathieu, that had just won ICAST Best of Show in the
terminal tackle division.
neat thing about this drop shot system is that I played a very small role in its
Toronto terminal tackle lure whiz-kid,
Bernard Yong-Set, who owns Stringease Tackle and makes the phenomenal Fastach
clip, contacted me last summer and asked if I'd fish with a new prototype drop
shot system he was working on with the VMC folks.
I said, "yes",
Bernard sent me some samples, I fished with them, offered some suggestions for
improvements that were incorporated into even newer prototypes that I
subsequently tested and provided more feedback.
product was unveiled at ICAST and not surprisingly, at least to me, it won Best
of Show in the terminal tackle division.
(I caught these gorgeous smallmouth last fall while testing the VMC Spinshots in their prototype stage)
makes it so special? I mean, what could
be simpler than tying on a hook and adding a weight to the end of your
line? How do you possibly make a better
mousetrap out of that?
me tell you the ways!
anglers have difficulty tying the proper knots to get their drop shot hooks to
kick out straight and stand parallel to the bottom. (The trick, by the way, is always bringing
the tag end of your line in from the hook point before passing it through the
hook eye and then passing the tag end back through the eye after you've
fashioned your knot.)
is the complication of knots. Some
anglers will tell you to use a Palomar knot.
Others suggest that if you're using fluorocarbon line, you must use a
San Diego Jam knot or the fluoro line will cut itself. And on and on the knot debate rages.
importantly, though, for any angler who has ever drop shotted, is line
twist. If your worm or whatever dressing
you use on your drop shot hook is not positioned perfectly straight, it will
spin every time you reel in your line and eventually your line will be twisted.
that is history now, thanks to the ingenious VMC Spinshot system. That is because the drop shot hook (which by
the way, you can buy in a variety of sizes) is positioned between two ultra
small swivels.) So when you tie it onto
your main line, you can use whatever knot you're accustomed to using. Ditto, for attaching the dropper line down to
your weight. You can use a Trilene knot,
clinch knot, Palomar knot - whatever you like!
And here is
the best part: Your hook is always
standing out perfectly horizontal to the bottom and you can never twist your
line. It so ingenious, so simple and so
inexpensive, it is one of those things when you see it, you slap yourself on
the forehead and wonder, why in the world didn't someone think of this years
least from the rigging perspective, the new VMC Spinshot hooks will make you an
expert drop shotter the first time you tie one on. As for finding and then catching the fish,
well, that part's still up to you!
(Dave Chong, Mark Kulick and I cleaned up on Erie smallmouth on the last day of the season last year drop shotting Mark's killer Slammer soft plastics. Put a Slammer on one of ICAST's Best of Show VMC Spinshots and you've got an unbeatable combination)
is believing", click on the following link and you can watch a short little
video of the VMC Spinshot hooks that the WFN folks shot with me at Vegas.