I started writing something about innovation and then started to think about the products we had available to us, that are good but weren’t used and then discontinued. For example, the original Battler and Heartland Z range are now a collector’s item, just as I predict the new Battler and Harrier range will become much the same but there are so many items that become defunct and eventually discontinued that are amazingly good.
When I first started breaming, the top water lure of choice was the Sugoi Mini Splash, they were and are like “hens teeth”, cost a fortune to buy and were supposed to be so good they could attract bream from the next state. I never got hold of one but I remember reading about these lures and thinking they must be good.
The Heartland Z range was coveted by me due to their length and action. At a time where the norm was and still is anything 7ft or longer, extra fast, ubiquitous generic rod, the Heartland Z Finesse Special filled my desire for a 6ft rod that I could throw crankbaits around structure. Short enough for a shorty like me to cast accurately, the perfect action for crankbaits but discontinued. I spent plenty of time scouring the forums and classifieds for the Holy Grail of short rods.
The Keitech Little Spider got Ian over the line during this year’s Australian Open. It is a top little lure, has an action that leaves the more popular soft plastics for dead, yet still couldn’t find a big enough following and since been discontinued. I haven’t found another creature bait that looks as good as the Little Spider, so I use them sparingly and try and recycle them where I can.
Which brings me to my latest late discovery. My past few outings, I’ve almost religiously thrown a lure by Pontoon 21, the Shallow Crackjack 38 has been a saviour in many instances. The tiny, jellybean shaped crankbait is great for casting (for such a small lure) and has caught me fish when the going has been tough. Possibly because it is only a tiny lure, possibly because it slowly sinks or the other reason might be a combination of the first two and the action that these lure’s have. Try as I like, I can’t find many of these. I got hold of a few but I’ve heard that they have been discontinued too.
There are so many rods, reels, lures and the like that deserve a cult following but are found too late, are rightfully discontinued by the manufacturer and then we pay a premium for the right to use them (when we eventually find them). So, we are an odd bunch. I just ask that you continue to buy these rods, reels and lures for long enough for me to “discover” them before they are discontinued. If not, I’ll have to spend more time scouring forums and classifieds!
***UPDATE*** Josh believes he’s found a REPLACEMENT for the Keitech Little Spider