Every summer, fishing industry insiders gather at ICAST, an international trade show and exposition that showcases thousands of fishing products. Manufacturers invest significant time and money to position themselves to win the coveted “Best in Show” award in the ICAST New Product Showcase, where products in 24 different categories vie for attention from fishing industry influencers, including outdoor media and buyers. The buzz about Trapper Tackle’s revolutionary hook design could be heard across the show floor and earned the attention and votes needed to upset industry giants in the New Product Showcase.
Throughout the years there have been significant changes, improvements and new inventions that have changed the way we fish. If you were to examine the basic tackle that’s been used to catch fish for thousands of years — hook, line, and pole — two of the three have had significant changes, while the other hasn’t changed much in 40,000 years when it was first carved out of bone. If you guessed the “hook,” you’re right. That’s all about to change thanks to Trapper Tackle’s “Trapper Hook.”
Larry Davidson set out to solve a problem, and in doing so he might just have perfected the fishing hook. The successful tournament angler from Indian Orchard, Mass., didn’t like that his plastics wouldn’t stay on hooks. He came up with an innovative solution incorporating right-angle bends in the hook, which he surmised would also hold fish better. He and his Trapper Tackle team unveiled the hook at ICAST, where on Wednesday night it was voted Best of Show in the Terminal Tackle category.
Innovative Trapper Hook delivers solutions to angling’s most common problems.