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History of the needlefish hoochies.

  British Columbia had a commercial fishing trolling fleet was a thriving industry from the early 1960's to the mid 1990's. The methods and tools used to catch fish had developed over this time to the point where conservation measures were required. The commercial fishing technologies of today are even sharper than in the prime of the good old days. Some secrets are passed on and others fade away. Today, the Skinny Boy can be the secret weapon in certain locations between spring to summer.

  The needlefish hoochie was developed in the 1960's because commercial fishermen noticed that the needlefish and sand lance presentation worked well. Many salmon they caught had a red belly caused by bottom feeding and abrasion. The theory is that needlefish and others spawn in the sandy ocean bottom in certain locations. The salmon cruise the bottom and target the needlefish that are spawning just under the sand. When the needlefish school and spawn, the salmon and other predators rally and focus their hunting skills on bottom feeding. The salmon will pick the easiest catch which appear to be a slow wounded prey.

  There are a few methods of replicating a needlefish or sandlance when fishing. There are some lead casting lures that work well for jigging around the kelp beads. The trolling alternative is to use a needlefish Skinny Boy behind a flasher on a down rigger. The trolling flasher attracts salmon and also causes the bait to present itself with a death roll. Commercial troller fishermen will choose the needlefish size hoochie pattern at peak spawning times. These lures are tried and true in the Pacific Northwest along the coast of British Columbia.

  The owners of Supertackle have been in the tackle manufacturing trade since 1966. Our family was one of the first to offer pretied hoochies and neddlefish to the sport fishing market in the late 1960's on Vancouver Island. The color patterns that we now produce have measured amounts or tones of color, ultra violet, glow in the dark and other visible enhancements. The durability and soft plastic flexibility is excellent. Comparable to be slightly thicker than Sound Wave and Yamashita. Slightly thinner than the Radiant Lures Squirt.

            Salmon caught on Supertackle fishing hoochies

Salmon caught on Supertackle 1017 Coffin Nail needlefish trolled behind an OKi flasher at Nootka on Vancouver Island.
Rigged with a few 5 mm beads and tandem unisnelled 6/0 ZAP octopus beak hooks.


(Ultra Violet) and (Glow in the Dark) strengths are rated between a low of + and a high of +++++

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