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Independent Review of BFD’s Vixens

We were surprised and excited when BlueWater Sportfishing Magazine, the premiere sportfishing magazine based in Australia, asked to do an independent test on our line of 9″ plungers, the Vixens.

We have a number of customers that fish the rough waters found on Australian and New Zealand coasts, and we have heard that our 9″ plungers and our extra-heavy 12″ Rockstars work well for them.  They have often touted the fact that our lures “stay in the water” and the action remains true when seas get heavy.  This is precisely why we designed our lures with keel weighting and oval saddles:  to keep them fro spinning, and to maintain proper fish-like action when trolling.

Reading the results of Matt Gross’ testing and the article he wrote in the latest issue made us swell with pride!  Matt noted all of the action and stability that we work so hard to achieve.  It feels pretty good to be noticed by an impartial judge, but even better when it’s one you admire and respect.

The article is available to read here, but pick up a copy of BlueWater if you haven’t already.  The issue is packed with great articles and info, amazing photography, and is refreshingly NOT cluttered with ads.















Superman Fishing Lure Skirts

In Eric’s recent article about choosing colors and patterns for your fishing lure skirts when warm water sport fishing, he mentioned the ‘Superman’ pattern.

Just a few days ago, after publishing that article, we received two great photos from the guys on The Blue Marlin Sport Fishing in Cabo San Lucas.  These show Superman himself in action (or post action as the case may be.)

Eric mentioned the Mahi loving this pattern, but here’s a nice Pacific sailfish caught on a BFD Big Game Lure wearing the Superman colors.

Pacific Sailfish on a BFD Big Game Lure
Pacific Sailfish on a BFD Big Game Lure








And here we see a nice BFD Big Game Lure after a voracious Wahoo did a number on the Superman skirt … ouch!

Wahoo Trashed Superman Skirt on a BFD Lure
Wahoo Trashed Superman Skirt on a BFD Big Game Lure









Looks like we’ll have to replenish the Blue Marlin’s supply of BFD Lures when we go down for some marlin fishing this fall!

Joe Yee and His Lures

A Very Special Limited Edition Book

Joe Yee and His Lures Book Cover Image
Only 1000 numbered, Limited Edition copies of Joe Yee and his Lures will be printed.

After more than 3 years of research, documentation and collaboration, we are very proud to announce that the new book, Joe Yee and His Lures ~ with Eric White, by Dan Magers, will be available for purchase on the BFD Big Game Lures website in mid to late June 2015.  **UPDATE: The book is now available for sale in our store here: Joe Yee and His Lures

A person is fortunate to meet anyone at the top of their chosen field.  But for a marlin fisherman and saltwater trolling lure junky to have that opportunity with Joe Yee himself is beyond luck; it is a privilege.

Joe Yee and Eric White have been friends for decades.  Over the course of numerous trips to Honolulu between us, Eric and I spent virtually every waking moment with Joe for days.  The time spent in Joe’s shop going through his processes, philosophies, successes and failures was an amazing experience.

In Joe Yee and His Lures, Joe talks about his past, surfing and fishing with his good friend Duke (as in Kahanamoku,) popular lures he made, and anything else that came to his mind.

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How to Skirt a BFD Trolling Lure

Don’t watch just any video on how to skirt a trolling lure … BFD lures are unique.

This step-by-step tutorial will show you the RIGHT way to tie skirts to your BFD fishing lures, which have unique oval saddles. Our skirting expert, known by many as ‘allyearfishing’ on eBay, will show you all the tools you need and exactly how to tie skirts and wings to your favorite BFD lure for trolling for marlin or tuna or other billfish. This tutorial demonstrates adding skirts to a 7″ skirted trolling lure.

How to Skirt a BFD Trolling Lure - The Right Way

BFD Lures Weights & Lengths

NOTE:  In ‘additional information’ segment of some products, you may see a weight or dimension that doesn’t match this chart or just plain doesn’t make sense.  That’s an internal notation to make shipping calculation work properly, not the actual data.


Size Style Lure Head Weight (Ounces) Head Length (Inches) BFD Skirts to Use Skirted Trimmed Length (Inches)
7″ Bullet Spitfire 2 2.25 7″- 9″ 8.5
7″ Plunger Siren 2.5 1.5 7″- 9″ 8.5
8″ Bullet Fury 3.75 3 7″- 9″ 10
9″ Bullet Harpy 4.1 3 7″- 9″ 10.25
9″ Jetted Bullet Jezebel 4.2 3 7″- 9″ 10.25
9″ Plunger Vixen 3.75 1.75 7″- 9″ 10
9″ Jetted Plunger Hellcat 3.1 1.75 7″- 9″ 10
12″ Plunger Diva 4.2 2.5 12″ 12.5
12″ Heavy Plunger Rockstar 6.5 2.5 12″ 12.5

Ed Horstman and 12 kt. BFD Plunger Lures

An Engineer’s Take on our Plunger Lure Performance

(Be sure to watch the video!)

Ed Horstman is a friend of our lure maker and partner, Keith Posedel, and a friend of BFD.  Ed drops by the shop occasionally, watches, observes and comments on what we are doing.  Ed is an Aeronautical Engineer and a Naval Architect and shares volumes of stories about his professional time designing and testing airplanes, fighter jets, helicopters and watercraft for the U.S. Government.  Ed is also the father of the Trimaran (Tri-Star) having sailed one of his creations in a race from California to Hawaii (he came in second.)

Having spent a lot of time on the water and having written books on Catamarans, Trimarans and hydrodynamics, we listen when Ed talks.

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Sailfish Feeding Habits

Sailfish Feeding Habits

This is a summary of research reporting the stomach contents of Sailfish. The Sailfish is a warm water inhabitant and seems to be very opportunistic in its feeding habits. From big water prey to reef and shallow water ocean creatures, the Sailfish seems to adapt to whatever is available wherever it is found.

Common themes are:

  • Sailfish thrive in equatorial zones.
  • Sailfish prefer 77-85 F water temperatures.
  • Sailfish seem to prefer the smaller juvenile stages of the same prey larger Billfish consume.
  • Sailfish seem to eat a lot of Beltfish and Needlefish when available.
  • A higher percentage of Sailfish were found with empty stomachs than other pelagic species studied.
  • Apparently Sailfish use their sail to wall off prey and their bill stun them.

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Bioluminescence: Natures Bling

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Bioluminescence is the light (glow) that many forms of life produce, such as fireflies, jellyfish, phytoplankton, ferns and mushrooms to mention some. Bioluminescence occurs in terrestrial and marine vertebrates & invertebrates, microorganisms including some bacteria also present this characteristic.

This kind of light does not produce any heat, that’s why it’s also called “cold light”, only less than 20% generates a minimal form of thermal radiation.

However bioluminescence it is not the same thing as iridescence, structural coloration or phosphorescence.

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Humboldt Squid and Glow

Humboldt squid (Dosidicus gigas), also known as jumbo squid, jumbo flying squid, pota or diablo rojo, is a large, predatory squid living in the waters of the Humboldt Current in the eastern Pacific Ocean. Humboldt squid are among the largest of squids, reaching a mantle length of 1.5 m (4.9 ft). Like other members of the subfamily Ommastrephinae, they possess bioluminescentphotophores and are capable of quickly changing body coloration (metachrosis). They notably rapidly flash red and white while hunting, earning them the name diablo rojo (Spanish for ‘red devil’) among fishermen. Interestingly, these chromatophores (which belong to more than one set and are of different sizes) may rapidly cycle through colours other than red and white, flashing too quickly for the human eye to see the transitions.

 Bioluminescence is the production and emission of light by a living organism. It is a form of chemiluminescence. Bioluminescence occurs widely in marine vertebrates and invertebrates, as well as in some fungi, microorganisms including some bioluminescent bacteria

The uses of bioluminescence include counterilluminationcamouflage, mimicry of other animals whether for offensive or defensive purposes, and signalling to other individuals of the same species, such as to attract mates

 A photophore is a light-emitting organ which appears as luminous spots on various marine animals, including fish and cephalopods. The character of photophores is important in the identification of deep sea fishes. Photophores on fish are used mainly for attracting food or confusing predators.

Take Marlin Off the Menu

Take Marlin Off the Menu is a joint campaign of Wild Oceans and the IGFA. For more information, go to

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