Tattoo's Freshwater Debut
Mike Dauphin of
Tattoo's Tackle has released a new product for freshwater bass.
Tattoo's new Surface Swimmer causes an action swimming across the
surface unlike anything freshwater bass have seen before. It
establishes an entire new bass lure category called "surface
Tattoo's Tackle is
located in Rhode Island, where the company designs and
manufactures these Surface Swimmers. Famous for crafting wooden
surf fishing plugs, this is the company's first parlay into
You can see some of
Tattoo's legendary saltwater masterpieces at www.tattoostackle.com.
"We at Tattoo’s
Tackle have been working closely with Russ “Bassdozer” Comeau
on introducing this new lure for the freshwater market,"
says Mike Dauphin.
Now, surface swimmers
(as a lure type) have been around saltwater since 1944 which was
when Bob Pond of Attleboro, Massachusetts created the first. Bob
Pond dubbed his Atom Forty (40) Surface Swimmer the
"Forty" because Pond built it for massive striped bass
of forty inches or longer that were marauding on the surface in
Cape Cod Canal. Interestingly, Cape Cod Canal anglers of that era
held a notion that striped bass couldn't be caught on lures, only
live or dead bait. Pond's wood creation went on to become perhaps
the most famous saltwater striped bass lure of all time.
So surface swimmers
have been used in saltwater for over sixty years. Yet, they are
virtually unknown in fresh. It's a bridge many great lures never
get to cross, until now.
First of its kind for
freshwater bass, Tattoo's Surface Swimmer is not nearly as big as
the original, the Atom 40. Tattoo's Surface Swimmer weighs 5/8
ounce, is made of wood, and measures 4-1/2 inches long. It's
through-wired from nose to tail with stout stainless wire, and
the belly treble hangs off a heavy duty (220 lb. test) swivel.
The line tie eye and metal lip are both adjustable, enabling an
angler to create an infinite variety of surface swimming actions
ranging from a tight, fast wriggle to a slow, sweeping, last gasp
kind of death roll across the surface. The action has never been
seen before in a freshwater bass lure.
The best way to
describe the action of a surface swimmer is to visualize a
"walking bait" action. For example, think of a Heddon
Super Spook or Lucky Craft Sammy zigzag action, yet softer or
smoother. The surface swimmer is still an aggressive, exciting
non-stop action, except not as splashy, albeit every bit as
deadly. Tattoo's Surface Swimmer rolls and roils the surface as
opposed to frantic splashing.
There are three big
differences between "walking baits" versus Tattoo's
First, no rod action
is required to make the surface swimmer zig and zag. Just steady
reeling is all that's required to create the side to side walking
Second, whereas other
walking baits usually lose some of their effectiveness under
bright sun on calm surfaces, Tattoo's Surface Swimmer keeps on
producing even under bright skies, clear water and calm
Both the line tie and
lip are adjustable to produce a variety of movements and actions.
No other freshwater lure allows such intense fine-tuning of the
Swimmer certainly does fill a niche that's sorely missing in the
topwater lure market for largemouth, smallmouth and spotted bass.
It's swell for musky, pike and freshwater stripers too.
Tattoo's kicks off a brand new freshwater
lure type - the surface swimmer.
Colors shown: Blue Herring (top). Ayu (center). Chartreuse Shad
The lip and line tie eye are adjustable to
fine tune a variety of lure actions.
Colors shown: Ayu (left). Chartreuse Shad (right).
fish do a Tattoo on you! Some of the first few new freshwater
colors to be produced by Tattoo's include white pearl, blue
herring, chartreuse shad, and an olive green/gold ayu color.
"We looked at some of the best freshwater paint patterns
today, and particularly felt two paint patterns from Japan -
first, chartreuse shad, and second, green ayu were highly
Whereas many other US
companies have simply tried to copy these Japanese paint patterns
verbatim, Tattoo's Tackle has improved upon them. Using the
Chartreuse Shad color as an example, "There aren't all that
many freshwater prey species that have sharply defined
colors," says Mike Dauphin. "So I went very soft on the
lateral line, making it more of a muted yellow than a bold
chartreuse, and I went very soft on the black operculum (gill
flap) spot behind the eye. It's more of a shadow than a spot. I
overlaid a pearl sheen on top of the whole paint so the colors
are very soft and flow together. Adding the pearl covering adds a
lot of sparkling diffusion of colors, and homogenizes the
underlying colors into a blended whole. It's plain to see that it
is an original work of art as opposed to a copy cat color,"
says Mike. As Tattoo's develops new freshwater colors, Tattoo's
unique style of blending lure colors will be a basis of other new
freshwater colors to come.
lures are fine works of art. They're exciting and productive to
use. Let freshwater fish do a Tattoo on you," says
Tattoo's new Surface
Swimmers are available now in Bassdozer's Store at http://www.bassdozerstore.com.
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Tattoo's Surface Swimmers. Thank you.