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**I have to tell you I have been fishing Lake Simcoe for 9 years
now and this year was my best by far. I picked up some of your
slab grabbers from Gander Mountain and it turned out to be the
best lure I have ever used hands down. I made two trips this year
to the lake and each time I caught well over 300 perch, keeping
only the nicest ones. Your spoons attract the jumbo’s to bite that
other lures don’t. Attached is a picture of my last trip there are 44
perch in the 5 gallon bucket! Unbelievable results! Thanks for the
great lure’s, I am a customer for life now, as are all of my fishing
** HEY, Darin - thanks for showing us how and where to catch
some nice perch! It was the best perch fishing I ever seen!!! I got
my 50 and ended up with 7 lbs of perch fillets man what a catch -
I got your site address from Dave and I just had to have some of
those killer lures! THANKS AGAIN - signed RON! HOPE TO
SEE YA AGAIN SOME TIME!!
*The great lakes produce lots of perch. I never head out on the ice
without a mess of your slab grabbers. My wife and I, never come
off the ice until the bucket is full. Thanks to your products, its not
an ALL day task. Thank you.
**Great jig - -always a favorite in my tackle box!!
**I've used the hooks before they are unbelievable!
** Used your jigs for the first time last winter and feel in love with
** This is the only spoon I have used for two years at Mitchell's and
Simcoe. Great Spoons!!!
** Hello, I work and fish with Justin in the Manistee area. Last
weekend we went perch fishing and did very well. He was using
your lures and I was using wigglers. Please send me a catalog
because I would like to purchase some of your lures. Thanks,
** Bought 2 of your slab grabbers from the Bass Haven shop in
Mitchell’s bay, Ontario and used them that very day. Came in
about 5 hours later with a great limit of yellow bellies for 2 great
lures and would love to buy more …
** I love the slab grabbers…. I need MORE!
** Unbelievable results. Please send me a catalog
** Your spoons are the best! Could you please send me a catalog
** Awesome Product. Guys just scratching their heads on the ice
last year trying to figure out why I'm crushing them and doing it
Local perch are real Slab Grabbers
By TERRY CURTIS
It was love at first bite!
Ahh, maybe I should explain what I mean before I get too far into this
week's article and I give the wrong impression here.
I was recently introduced to a hot new lure that is relatively new to
Ontario anglers and last weekend I was fortunate enough to get to fish
with the owner of the company that makes this lure, during the B.J.
Tackle ice fishing derby on Rice Lake. Actually, not only is Darin
McGathy the owner of these baits, he is also the designer of them as
well, and he made the trek from Michigan up here to fish with me last
Saturday and to show me how these Slab Grabbers, as they are called,
catch perch after perch.
Do they work? Does a fish have fins?
Although I've seen and tried other lures called Jack Spoons that are
similar to Darin's baits and are very popular on Lake Simcoe, I was never
a believer in them and had no confidence when ever I tried them. Sure, I
caught a few fish on them, but they never produced like they were
Not so with the Slab Grabbers, and that why I said it was love at first bite.
I only had one on for a couple of minutes before I caught my first perch,
then another. And then another. And another. It went like that most of the
few hours I spent on the ice Saturday, and Darin actually won the derby
using one of his favourites.
You should also know this. Most guys caught only two or three fish during
the derby and a few caught fewer than 10 each. The bite was that tough,
but not for us! Sure, we didn't catch many big perch, but we sure caught
a lot of them. I popped 20 out of one hole alone -- mostly on the small
size, but there were some eaters there, too.
Then, on Tuesday, I went to Rice Lake again with Mitchell Schroter to test
out some of these new babies Darin had left me to play with, and I'm
convinced more than ever these Slab Grabbers are one of the very best
perch lures I've ever fished, bar none!
I kept 17 perch between nine and 13 inches and released numerous
other ones to live again, even some that were big enough to eat. The
Slab Grabbers even outfished live shiner minnows on set lines, and
anyone who ice fishes for Rice Lake perch know shiners are tough to
beat any time. Out of the almost 40 perch I caught Tuesday, only seven
came on the minnows; the rest on -- you guessed it -- the Slab Grabbers.
What's that tell you? I don't have a penny invested in these lures, I'm just
telling you what happened.
So what's different about these magic spoons? First of all, they aren't
made from cheap tin like most others similar to them are. Darin's are
made of stainless steel or brass and he uses only high-quality hooks.
They come in three sizes, 1.25-inch, two-inch and three-inch for larger
fish such as pike, trout walleye and whitefish. Oh, yeah, they don't just
catch perch. The smaller ones are perfect for crappie and speckle trout
There are several different styles of these fish catchers, each with its own
distinctive style. Some are fast divers, some flutter and wobble, some
have a flipping action. You have to try them for yourself to decide which
one works best for you.
Keep this in mind, though. You don't use light-action rods to jig these
lures with. In fact, you want a stiff-action rod and you need to use a swivel
on your line, as the lure will cut it if you go without one. Also, eight-pound
test, high-vis line is recommended so you can see every tick of the line.
With the Slab Grabbers, the fish don't even notice you are using heavier
line; they only seem to key in on the action of the spoon. The thicker line
is needed to get the right action on the spoon, as lighter line and rods
just won't get the performance needed.
When it comes to rods, Darin and his pals make their own out of broken
aluminum arrow shafts and there is no reel on them. These guys have a
unique way of gathering up the line with the rod and their free hand, and
the best part is that they never get their hands wet. They pinch the barb
down on the hook and when they land a fish they just touch its tail on the
ice and the lure falls right out! Okay, okay, I was skeptical, too, but it sure
works. I'm lucky when it comes to getting to test a lot of new fishing
products and I've seen a lot of good ones and some real dogs over the
Put the Slab Grabbers right at the top of the list in the "very good"
category. Like I said, it was love at first bite.
You can get these unbelievable baits at B.J. Tackle in Bewdley, but don't
wait too long. The shelves will empty really quickly now that the word is
Here are the results of last Saturday's B.J. Tackle ice fishing derby.
Forty-three adults and 20 youth took park in a great day of line dipping
and I'm sure there will be more entrants next year. And bet your bottom
dollar there will be a lot of Slab Grabbers being jigged that day!
Perch: first place -- Darin McGarthy, .89 lbs.; second place -- Chris Giles,
Sunfish: first place, Dave Burns; second place, Steve Hatton.
Crappie: first place, Michael Brown; second place, Chris Gilcott.
Well, that's it for this week. I'll be on Rice Lake tomorrow doing some Slab
Grabbing if all goes well, and of course I'll let you know how it all works
out. Fire up the frying pan. I'm on a fishin' mission!
|Thanks to everyone for the great feed back....
|Article by Terry Curtis and the Fishing Derby