The Lure, The Angle King tm:
Type of lure: Underspin
Weight & Length: 1/4 oz (7g) head length 1″ (2.5cm) 4″ (10cm) over all with standard (3″, 7.5cm) tail.
Species: Largemouth Bass, Smallmouth Bass, White Bass, Stripers, Wipers, Pike, Pickerel, Crappie, Rainbow Trout, Gar, Yellow Perch and Walleye.
Angle King is an original take on the concept of an underspin. Not only does it have twin inline blades designed to flash and clack but it sports three line ties so you can get a new angle on the fish with ease. What this does is open up a wider variety of retrieve speeds and make it a more versatile lure than any single-tie, single spinner underspin.
Environmental Facts about Lead:
“How big can the problem be?” It is a good question. It doesn’t seem like a few split shots or catfish weights could be doing much damage. However, water contamination from lost lead fishing lures conservatively comes to 2,000 tons per year, over 150,000 tons of toxic metal left in our rivers, lakes, streams and coastal waters since lead fishing products began to be mass produced after WW2.
This estimate is very conservative*, and is based on the definition that an angler is one who fishes at least once a year. Most fishers will admit they lose way more tackle than that because most anglers go fishing more than once a year (the average is 16 trips). For someone to lose six sinkers or a dozen jigs on a single fishing trip is not unusual under certain conditions. Thus, the total in lost lead is most likely twice this amount and very possibly four-ten times times the estimated amount. No matter how one computes it what we get is a very bleak picture. Lead litter from fishing is a real problem. Innovative products like ours are the solution.
*the equation is each angler loses 1.5 oz. of lead (e.g. three half ounce lead weights or a dozen 1/8th ounce crappie jigs). 1.5 x 50,000,000=75,000,000 ounces of lead. 75,000,000/16=4,687,500 lbs. of lead 4,687,500/2,000=2,343 TONS OF LEAD per fishing season.
There should be no such thing as “an acceptable level of contamination” when it comes to our nation’s waters and this is particularly true of lead.
Lead and Wildlife:
All shore birds and waterfowl are susceptible to lead poisoning from fishing weights the same was they are susceptible to taking up lead shot; i.e. incidentally, either through picking grit to aid digestion or ingesting these objects while feeding. Swans, loons, geese and puddle ducks are particularly vulnerable.
Fish eating waterfowl like loons, grebes, mergansers and herons will take lost lead lures off of logs and rocks thinking them to be something to eat. If a fish thinks it is food why wouldn’t a bird think the same?
Since lead fishing tackle bans were enacted in New York, New Hampshire, Maine, Vermont and Massachusetts the loon population has risen in all five states and in surrounding states as well.
Lead poisoning of wildlife from fishing is entirely preventable
Personal and Parent facts:
We have long known lead was toxic but it is only recently that we have become aware of how little lead it takes to cause damage to the body and brain especially in children.
Handling lead weights and making lead lures are both behaviors that can put children at risk if not praticed with safety considerations.
The “we survived childhood” ethic of older generations speaks to the fact that we didn’t know any better. Back in the 70’s Glasswater founder John King crimped lead shot to his fishing line with his teeth like all the other kids. He doesn’t put lead in his mouth anymore and he sure as heck doesn’t want his child or anyone else’s to be tempted to do it either just because it’s “survivable”. We know better and therefore it is time to progress to better ideas. Glasswater is innovating an entire line of products that can meet or beat lead in every aspect. By getting parity between lead and lead free tackle we can help fishers make the conscientious choice at a fair price.
Fishing is a wonderful past time for children, now that we know how little lead exposure it takes to elevate lead levels in the blood it’s time to make sure our sport doesn’t create this sort of unneeded risk. We owe our kids as clean and safe an outdoor experience as we can give them.