Standing in the back of a boat, watching bait being dumped into the live well, I wondered why all skirted saltwater trolling lures present a round silhouette when most all bait fish are some geometric form of an oval? “That’s just the way they all are” I was told by my Captain when I asked the question. “They have all been that way forever.”
Other lures for other fish have presented more lifelike silhouettes to predator species for over a century. Why not skirted saltwater trolling lures? When I asked I was told that the hydraulics of a trolling lure moving through the water at 6 knots or more require round shapes. But several hard body lure makers have proven that this is not true.
“The skirts won’t work on the ovals because skirts are round,” I was told. Really? The skirts I have used are stretchy, plasticized vinyl and conform to any shape, round, oval or square. The skirts I know will ‘throw’ the same shape off the back of the head that the saddle ‘tells it to’ in a manner of speaking. On most bait fish, the area back from the head is the tallest part of their oval bodies.