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Saturday  May 15, 2021

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New X-Glow Heads
2021 Production run

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Plano3731   3 for 30 bucks
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5/2/21 Manistee, MI
3 hog LTs weighed 43.4 lbs
3rd place
MCSFA tournament
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Firedot-XG Frog Combos
Test Combos August 2020
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P21 Strip Teazers
60% came on STs

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6 EZ stows all for 79.95
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Today's Update and, ...or Fishing Report?

5/15/21  The reel facts about strontium aluminate, Boron oxide, Europium oxide, are used in what's called extended glow colorants.  90% of the glow is used during the first 30 minutes.  Then, it dims, but can still glow for many hours.
              Glow J-Plugs were a staple for harbor patrol when I was a charter skipper.  This glow was not extended and lasted to the outside 15 minutes.  Lit up, or glowed up bright J-Plugs new got hit until the glow subsided/dimmed.  That's when the touchy harbor adult Kings would whack it hard during low light.  So, it's a delicate balance on the right amount of glow that flips the switch for full grown King Salmon.
              Know on evening trips, when the fishing is done, lines are pulled, and we're headed for the dock, all my tackle has the right glow as night falls.  Seeing my tackle glow and it hasn't seen a light source for hours is rewarding for yours truly.

5/14/21  New injection molding company hit a home run with the 2021 production run of  X-Glow heads.  Glow properties are excellent, but there's more to this story.  Having a white head that glows green covers all light conditions.  From total darkness, to low light, up to full sun, these XG heads are a reel-winner.  Click new XG heads
             Feels like we hit the lottery with our new company.  Thrilled to see their quality and attention to detail.  The hoops that we jump thru to get this hard to get, costly XG colorant makes it all worthwhile, ...when I look at today's featured photo

5/13/21  Tons of stuff going on all pointed at restocking tackle for this year and beyond.  Out of stock is the kiss of death when you don't have items to sell.  Yesterday, 101 LED UV black lights restocked.   This the best way I've found to charge glow in the dark tackle and do it fast.  Plus, being LED it's easy on 3 AA batteries. Click UV black lights
              Today some of our 2021 Magnum Meat heads will be in-house and ready for the machining process.  We were down to our last 20 SUV mag heads.  This is a major relief!
               Working on boosting Strip Teazer production that's a dreadfully slow process with hand injectors.  Before we can inject the molds? ...colors have to be mixed.  Then, heated to the proper temperature prior to injecting.  Hanging strips to cure is a process that takes days before strips ever see packaging.  Let alone being shipped out.
              Know today's chat is not as exciting as a double on big summer Kings, but it's all part of the behind the scenes effort that makes the double possible with our tackle.
              Can't be in 2 places at once is the biggest reason I've yet to fish Lk. MI this year.  Covering the bases solo to keep moving forward is a bunch more important.    

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"Sunday Detroit News" 
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