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!

The Colors of Summer

Choosing the Right Lure and Skirt Colors for Warm Water Sport Fishing

Most experienced fishermen are partial and opinionated when it comes to off-shore lures and skirt combinations, and I don’t pretend to be any different.

But most new fishermen, who don’t have enough experience to form strong opinions yet, are looking for some help and advice for trolling lure and skirt color combinations; I get calls from guys like this every day.  It is with these folks in mind that I set out to write a few articles that can give a little guidance on choosing the right lures and colors when fishing for marlin or tuna.

But catching sport fish isn’t about knowing how to confront them in the span of just a month or two; you need to know their whole cycle.  That’s the only way to truly understand what works throughout various seasons.  Make sure you read this article on the Colors of Spring, and my next about temperature and currents as well.

If you’re trying to arrange a meeting with a monster, you will need to do a little homework.

As with any battle, understanding your opponent is critical; you need to understand the fish itself. Understanding their movements and appetites, along with anticipating their behavior, will allow for greater success.

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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

The Colors of Spring

It’s time for the ocean to change again.

It is not a surprise that in a fluid world nothing really ever stands still. The constant pull of the moon, the big summer hurricanes in the Northern Hemisphere are equally matched by the massive cyclones of the Southern Hemisphere, and then there are the greatest ocean-movers of all, tide and temperature.

Tide and temperature move more water than all other forces combined.  Temperature is subtle, and it can go unnoticed when the top 300 feet of an entire ocean slowly cools and begins to fall.  This endless shift of surface water to the depths and deep water upwelling is a timeless tune that all ocean life must dance to.

Knowing this dance is a secret that separates the casual fisherman from the serious sportsman. This dance becomes the calendar for the commercial fisherman, and the bible for all those that make their living from the sea.

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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

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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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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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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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