Leavey's Lures prove good vibrations to fishers
JIGGLE it, just a little bit. Well that may be the case when it comes to lure fishing but Mick Leavey from Yamba Bait and Tackle has developed his own variety of lure, the Yamba Prawn Blade model.
Made from lead and a stainless steel blade Mick reckons this lure is in a different class of vibration.
"When you cast out they sink and as you lift them there's a sweet spot on the back where they start moving."
He said the engineering used in these lures was old-school like they used up in North America when they had to drill through ice to fish.
"They basically fish under a tent over a 30cm hole so there's not much room for jiggling or manouvring."
Mick said he works on his Leavey Lure production at night after he shuts up shop for the day making somewhere between 100-150 a week.
He uses his hand-carved moulds, which he perfected after plenty of test-runs, placing the blade inside and adding liquid lead to create the body. "Then I sand off of the daggy bits, prime, paint and add the hooks. There's a bit of a process to it."
Mick said he does a prawn and fish design and the odd squid but said trying to patent the design was too costly.
He's been making his lure for the past five years and says fisherman love them.
"I had a bloke from the Hunter Valley come through this week and buy $500 worth of them. When someone wins a comp with one I get bombarded with phone calls. They were after a certain limey green colour because someone won something using one of those. They think they have a secret weapon that gives them an edge."
He said one of the champion fishers, Mark Lennox from Armidale, uses his lures.
"He has won a heap of competitions. No-one knew who he was until then now he's one of the top ranked bass guys in Australia. A lot of pros have won ABT Bream and Bass comps using my blade lures."
Even Mick has enjoyed a bit of lure love with his blade design, snagging the Jew Fish of the Year trophy with his 30.6kg monster in last year's The Daily Examiner's fishing competition.
"The best thing about lure fishing is you never know what you are going to catch. It can become a real tactical hunting exercise. You can throw those blades to bridge pylons or tight rock walls. You can find a school and go back and things change. Some take it on the drop, other times there's jiggling involved.
"There's a bit of an art to it. Sometimes you are up against 20-30 year old bream and those guys can be pretty cluey."