TIGHT LINES: MAKING TOP WATER LURES FROM TIVAR® UHMW-PE

A classical popper is a hollow lure that as the angler jerks the rod “pops” along the surface using its concave head which in turn throws bubbles and splashes, because of this design these lures are difficult to cast far into the surf and heavy to retrieve.

Rafael Garcia-Zuazua (a customer in our Mexico region) had the idea to make a top water lure that could be cast far and perform the “pop and splash” action as the classical one. Experienced anglers know how critical distance is when surf fishing.

Garcia-Zuazua experimented using Quadrant’s NYLAMID® material in rod form 1″ Dia. X 7″ long. Turning and shaping the material in a wood lathe with manual gouges proved difficult to machine. Due to the hardness of the material, he made just a few that fished great.

Quest sales department in Mexico recommended Quadrant’s TIVAR® material advising Garcia-Zuazua that it was much easier to machine and that the color was whiter than NYLAMID®.

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TIVAR® UHMW-PE Benefits

  • Excellent abrasion resistance
  • No moisture absorption
  • Corrosion resistant
  • Excellent impact strength

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The TIVAR® popper is 2.6 oz X 6.5″ long and can be cast easily 250’+ using a 12 ‘ rod with 30 to 50 lbs. test braided line it can also be cast from a boat with a smaller rod.

 

 

QUA Popper 3This lure is also comfortable to retrieve, at medium to fast speed the lure moves like a distressed fish triggering the predator species (coastal and pelagic) to strike. This medium/fast retrieve allows the angler to see the fish(s) coming usually from behind making a large turmoil in the water surface, this view is by far one of the most exciting experiences an angler can have specially if you manufacture your own lure.

 


QUA Popper ImageThank you for the opportunity to share this experience with you. Tight lines!
Rafael Garcia-Zuazua

 

 

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