The new Espada series is a collaborative work between Guerilla Pluggers Cooperative, Japan and Strategic Angler LLC, USA. The lure has been in development since June 2015 and made its official debut for 2016.
The first Espada series prototypes were initially tested in the waters of Cape cod for Big Bluefin Tuna by Captain Domenic Petrarca (Coastal Charter Sportfishing) and then followed up by one of our other Field Testers Captain Ed Nicholas (No Boundaries, Oman) in French Polynesia. During this testing process, two versions were finalized, a floating and sinking model. The Espada series features a proprietarily designed wiring system and a streamlined body to match the most seductive of baits in the ocean.
The Espada series is guaranteed to hold up to the biggest, baddest fish out there, so what are you waiting for? Wield your weapon!
Strategic Angler custom lures have made important changes to its entire lineup! This exciting news comes from the R&D and feedback from our clients and charter captains which is always our primary focus.
All Strategic Angler custom lures will now feature a horizontal tail loop orientation. The MIKROS series, released in January 2014, was the first to sport this upgrade. The WALKER & CRUISER series received this upgrade in April, and the FRANTIC series received its upgrade in October.
The horizontal tail loop showed amazing versatility with its single-hook (or treble hook) capability. The ability to use a lighter, single tail hook allowed for safer unhooking, reduces fish mortality from gut/gill hooking (compared to treble hooks), better casting and enhances the lure action.
Thank you for supporting Strategic Angler lures as we continue to offer the best possible lures for the discerning angler! -MR
From concept to development to prototyping to production, painting, sanding, epoxying and painting again many times over... when I get to finally sit down to name, weigh, bag, package and ship them, this FULL TIME 16 hour a day commitment makes everything worth it because of you guys.
This isn't a weekend garage build-part time entity, it's a promised daily commitment to create lures that you can be proud to own, use and display.
This concludes my summer build, onward to the special edition and "holiday batch" lures!
My last "summer build" for 2017; it's been a very long and tedious 8 weeks with 16-18 hour work days, non stop sanding, epoxying, painting and detail work. My hands need a break, but the holiday builds need to be started yesterday 😉
Thanks everyone who support what I do, a one man vision of obsessive passion!
Most of these lures are heading to your "local" stores, check availability asap.....and as always, tight lines and create those memories that last a lifetime!
Brian's Fishing Supply, Honolulu HI (808) 596-8344
The heavy duty five inch (130mm) Mikros series, available in sinking and floating models is one of the easiest and smallest lures to use. Twitches, sweeps, slow and quick retrieves make this lure come to life and there are plenty of big fish that succumb to its mesmerizing action. Pictured here is angler Alex W in Panama with a yellowfin tuna caught on the 5" mikros.
The butterfish pattern on the 5" Mikros series pictured below will be available soon; a 6.5" nautilus series sits just above them for size comparison!
Thanks for all your input, now it's time for me to get more build hours in!!! ... See MoreSee Less
Some special mackerel being worked on the bench now, my phone camera can't decide what aperture to stay on from the refraction! Awesome! These are Espada-F and will be available soon! ... See MoreSee Less
Great read on the equipment we use for the ultimate light tackle junkie. Who would have thought that we would be able to regularly land 150-180 lb tuna with rods the size of pencils 20 years ago, our gear has definitely caught up!