Moment of inspiration spawns birth of Sea Lime
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It was a blustery day in New York City that the concept for a new and different type of lure company was born. It was there that Clint Owens, a passionate fisherman since his boyhood days in Florida, watched a flag whipping briskly in the wind.
The flag reminded him of a fish in motion and Owens’ thoughts turned to recreating that fluid, fluttering motion in a fishing lure.
That was three years ago. Today, the Sea Lime Lures company is up and running in Tampa and launched its first products at this year’s ICAST.
Made exclusively for offshore saltwater trolling, the baits incorporate technology that allows water to be channeled through them instead of around them. The bodies are also interchangeable, so colours and patterns can be quickly adapted to the most effective baitfish at the time.
“Our lures are vibrantly different from anything else on the market,” says Owens, whose wife, Bright, is a partner in the business. “Most offshore lures are made from rigid plastic or have paddle tails or spoon bills that can give a somewhat stiff, almost toy-like motion.”
Owens is the company’s product developer as well as owner. He crafts his lures using stainless steel, polycarbonate and Mylar to make bodies that are flexible, durable and naturally reflective. It is the Mylar, a plastic sheet product, that provides such true-to-life movement when combined with the channeled water technology.
All Sea Lime lures come with a head, three body designs and either an 80lb mono or 60lb steel-coated leader and 7/0 J-hook. The company is now working on a teaser lure version for release next year. It is also planning to return to ICAST in 2017.
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