In 1934 Eddie Wigston, an avid fisherman and shooter, started an electrical and sporting goods shop in the small Tasmanian town of New Norfolk. The business thrived and in 1960 Eddie's son Ian joined him in the shop, followed at a later date by Eddie's other son, Garth, and the family firm was established.
This piece was then clamped between two warmed pre-shaped brass moulds after two sections of flat celluloid sheet, coated with model aircraft glue, were placed between the lead and the mould. The clamp was left in place for 12 hours until the glue finally set, and then it was trimmed of excess celluloid, and coloured as required by shoe dye.
A local engineer, through his experience with bullet casting, was able to come up with a moulding device to cast the lead core component in a multiple cavity mould. This was required to give sufficient weight to the lure to ensure a satisfactory depth would be maintained under the water or with the casting retrieve speed which later proved to be optimum 2.75 mph.
From the outset the two brothers were aware that the shape and curvature of the design were of extreme importance to the action of the lure in the water, and a great deal of experimentation was carried out to achieve the required desired action.
Likewise a name was all important; a fishing friend of the family, who had been very supportive of the concept, suggested "Tasmanian Devil". This proved to be extremely satisfactory, and is more affectionately known as "Tassie Devil". Wigston's Lures have duly been granted official TradeMark registration of this name in several countries throughout the world.
Over the next few years further development took place with the plastic enclosure of the lure, and eventually the shell was made in two pieces which were then glued around the lead core prior to painting. The type of plastic that best suited the application took a considerable time to research, firstly polystyrene was used but this was found to be far too brittle, although it painted and glued well.
Experimentation with other types was carried out, including acrylics, and eventually a product was located which is still being used to this day. In 1985 the Company made a decision to do their own injection moulding and a machine was purchased and set up, the process then changed to a one piece insert moulding operation.
Eddie passed away in 1990, leaving his two sons to carry on the business. In the early nineties they decided that they needed more space due to the increasing sales demand, and relocated to an industrial location in Hobart which gave them the room they needed to expand the facility.
The current range of colours is varied, and with at last counts over ninety variations and six sizes; Tasmanian Devils suit all types of fishing. A more recent development is the dual depth lure, which can be set to run at 2.2 or 3.3 metres, ideal for trolling and getting to where the fish are.
The action of the Tasmanian Devil gives a positive pulsing rod tip movement as a visual guide to the angler that the lure is performing correctly in the water. Should the action cease, this is an indication of weed or similar fouling of the hook.
Market acceptance in fishing tackle is largely supported by word of mouth and as one angler greets another, the inevitable question arises "what are they biting on?" The Company motto, "they bite like the devil" perhaps is justified by the fact that a successful angler naturally likes to boast about his success and of course what he is using to entice the fish to bite.
In fact, the biggest ever brown trout taken on a Tasmanian Devil set a new a record for "Down Under". Tasmanian angler Trevor Wright managed, after a short battle, to land his biggest trout and also one of the largest ever taken in Australia, fishing on a small river on the outskirts of Hobart. I saw that fish at the recent Las Vegas ICAST show this summer, and met up with the folks spinning out the spoons. And it was a monster. Wright caught the lunker on the Xmas Tree model No. 51, which is successful in snaring both brown and rainbow trout.
Garth Wigston, Managing Director of Wigston's Lures, said "I am most impressed with the fish and also how Trevor eventually managed to land this monster. It weighed in at 27 pounds and will be one catch he will never forget."
Today the company is going through further developmental stages by looking at the international market and will be out their vying with the best of them; one of the major advantages of the Tasmanian Devil lure is their fishability highly successful in salt or freshwater locations. The Tasmanian Devil lure has come a long way since it's early beginnings in a shed in a backyard in a small Tasmanian town, the magic lure from Down Under.
The company is also actively seeking representation in North America and would like to hear from any major distributors who would like to form a partnership. The range of Tasmanian Devil lures has been hot amongst Aussie anglers for many years, and their reputation is starting to spread to other parts of the world. Contact Garth Wigston or Harvey Taylor phone +61 3 6273 4744; wigstonslures.com; email@example.com
BOCAS GRANDE DE MEXICO
On the North American Continent, it is official Mexico has some of the best and biggest largemouth bass fishing anywhere. Lake El Salto, in Sinaloa, Mexico, offers the best bad-ass bass fishing from October through December. The best bait? Ten inch worms, large soft jerkbaits, spinnerbaits, deep diving crankbaits, and guess what I am going to add to that lineup? Yup, a Tasmanian Devil. Recently an 18-1/2 pound largemouth bass was caught in the lake.
BACK TO BONEFISH SCHOOL
I came across a unique company at ICAST in Vegas, called Fly Fishing Videos Magazine, but they also develop DVDs for fine tuning your saltwater fly casting with some new secrets. Thought you knew everything about bonefishing? Ha!
DVD menus allow you to pick and choose what to watch and in what sequence. Watch Steve Rajeff teach the double haul, then switch to Billy Pate with double haul secrets. It is wonderful.
This is the best saltwater instruction you could find anywhere, with fishing celebs like Billy and Steve, Jamie Dickinson, Bob Hyde, and Jake Jordon. Billy Pate has had over 20 flyfishing world records, so you are learning from masters. I liked the bonus section: Fly Tying the "Crazy Charlie", with well-known Florida Keys guide and expert fly tyer, Lenny Moffo. Also view some wonderful underwater permit sequences.
Wait for the new remastered version of Bonefish School DVD that will give you all the pointers online and off to make you want to head down to Boca Grande, Florida in late April or early May to late June for some breakaway jigging. Fish for spring tarpon as well in Boca Grande Pass, but not until after you have viewed your Bonefish School DVD, with some other great pointers on flats fishing.
For a full line-up on fly fishing, tying and baiting, contact Fly Fishing Videos Magazine (will the name change to DVDs soon to reflect more people buying DVDs than videos?). Call them at 800/327-2893. They have the most amazing catalog of educational fishing resources I have ever seen for fishing, including remastered fishing shows once aired on the Outdoor Channel. Find them on the web at www.ffvm.com They have a new series on travel destination coming out soon also, and we will review those DVDs in the future.
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