Category Archives: Oval Skirt Saddles

Ed Horstman and 12 kt. BFD Plunger Lures

An Engineer’s Take on our Plunger Lure Performance

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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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Oval Skirt Saddles – Is the jury still out?

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.

bait“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.

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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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