The DTX minnow will launch globally pretty soon, like early November 2016, and there are a lot of people asking what is so special about it? So what is the deal and where did this lure come from?
After years of charter fishing it became obvious to us that large minnows that dive deep catch a lot of fish like wahoo, yellowfin, mackerel and doggies. Even big marlin - we caught and released a black marlin close to 1000lbs years ago on a deep diving minnow! Check the clip below.
The bigger and deeper the more fish they catch. The problem was always finding a minnow that trolled straight and did not require constant tuning after catching fish. Or the other issue of pulling a new lure out of the box and it won't swim straight. When you are guiding on a 25ft centre console solo and have 3 eager anglers looking over your shoulder wondering why you are wasting their time with minnows that don't swim properley, it wears thin after a while.
You can imagine the time spent wondering about how to make a better trolling minnow....we literally have used every production bluewater trolling minnow ever made, and the simple truth is that none of them worked how they should work, and as a guide when you deploy a lure that does not swim the guests start wondering if you know what you are doing.
I worked as a civil engineer when younger and my brain is wired to need to make things work, and understand how and why they work, and eventually a few ideas popped along about how to make a better minnow after a lot of years of playing with prototypes and testing we finally found something that works.
It has literally taken 2 years of testing, drawing and playing with prototypes to get what now looks like a very simple design on the bib, called the autotune system, but it just works so well, and allows the lure to swim straight all the time, and allows it to troll faster and also dive deeper.
The hydrospeed belly eyelet is simply a scalloped eyelet in the belly, but rigged with single hooks, this allows the lure to not only swim fast, but it allows different rigging methods such as assist hooks when targeting big fish.
We will discuss in more detail the design of the eyelet, and once the patent is fianlised we can share some of the 3D drawings and sections to show exactly how it works.