ORLANDO, Fla. — The Bullet Weights team will spend much of ICAST week within earshot of the New Product Showcase. There, at Booth 1808, they’ll be keeping a keen eye on the debut of two new products geared towards the hordes of bass anglers many ICAST attendees sell to year-round.
Terminal tackle is, after all, the bread-and-butter of angling, and Bullet Weights’ new products—a stealthy Tungsten skirt punch weight and a deftly designed lead alternative— are sure to wet the appetites of eager anglers across the country when they hit store shelves. Here’s an early look at the duo before show doors open at the Orange County Convention Center:
New Tungsten Skirt Punch Weights
Designed for penetrating thick vegetation, tungsten skirt punch weights come in the following sizes: 3/8 ounce, 1/2 ounce, 3/4 ounce, 1 ounce, 1-1/4 ounce, 1-1/2 ounce and 2 ounce. Skirts (purchased separately) can be easily attached to the weight’s mushroom peg, creating the live action that attracts big bass.
Bullet Weights President Joe Crumrine noted that demand for tungsten is growing among avid bass anglers because it has greater density (hardness) than lead, which makes a tungsten sinker about 50 percent smaller. “Anglers love the denser properties of tungsten because they get better feel and performance for flipping and pitching,” he said.
Introduced in 2017, tactical black has also been in high demand, Crumrine said. “The finish isn’t painted on,” he explained. “The process for changing the color is to heat the tungsten sinker to a very high temperature and then cool it. This creates the black color, which is actually a tarnish on the metal that is fused into the sinker. It can’t chip off or scratch. That sinker is matte black for life.”
Bullet Weights created tactical black for situations that call for a stealthy sinker that does not catch the attention of fish. FLW pro Jeremy Lawyer helped develop tactical black by testing it under tournament conditions. In a Fishing Tackle Retailer article, Lawyer said, “In high pressure situations, fish sometimes respond negatively to flash and shine. When you have a matte sinker like the tactical tungsten, it doesn’t put off any shine. In super clear water, that’s going to keep fish off ‘high alert’ and help you get more bites.”
Lawyer also vouched for the durability of the tactical black finish: “With this sinker, I don’t have to worry about the paint getting beaten off. A fisherman never has to worry about this sinker losing its finish.”
Suggested retail prices for the tungsten skirt punch weights range from $7.99 to $13.99 (two pieces or one piece per pack, depending on weight). They will be available to consumers in January 2019.
New Tin Football Jig
Designed for fishing hard bottoms covered with rock, gravel and the like, the tin football jigs come in the following sizes: 1/16 ounce (#1 hook), 1/8 ounce (1/0 hook), 1/4 ounce (2/0 hook), 3/8 ounce (3/0 hook), 1/2 ounce (4/0 hook) and 3/4 ounce (4/0 hook). Color options are black and green pumpkin. Durability of the colors is ensured by PermaColor™, Bullet Weights’ baked-on paint process.
“Active government legislation and increasing environmental consciousness are driving demand for our non-lead products,” said Bullet Weights President Joe Crumrine. “Our new non-toxic tin football jigs provide another environmentally friendly, effective option for bass fishing. They do a great job of minimizing hang-ups on hard bottoms.”
The tin football jigs will be available to consumers in August 2018. Manufacturer’s suggested retail prices range from $2.79 to $4.99 (two jigs per pack).
Headquartered in Alda, Nebraska, Bullet Weights is a leading manufacturer of fishing sinkers and accessories. The company offers fishing sinkers made of lead, steel (Ultra Steel®), tin (Ultra Tin™), tungsten and brass. Bullet Weights products are available in fishing tackle retailers, sporting goods stores and sporting goods departments of mass merchants. For more information, visit www.bulletweights.com.