Return to an era of craftsmanship that is just not seen anymore in these days of the mass manufacturing of artificial lures.
After thirty years of fishing experience, countless hours of observation of the fish and bait fish relationships, and the crafting of multiple prototypes, Captain David (Dave) Jefford created his own line of hand-crafted cedar, top-water fishing baits that fuse his effective observations with his own studied concepts of hydrodynamic efficiency and with the quality, craftsmanship, and beauty of fishing baits of the past.
Experience both a streamlined performance and aesthetically pleasing, hand-crafted appearance in a fishing bait for yourself. These baits catch fish, and they are designed for any level of fishing experience! They have a history of catching multiple fish species in Floridian waters and waters across the globe which have gained them and their creator acclaim. Whether you are an avid fisherman or a novice angler, these baits will work for you.
And, with their range of colors and designs, these baits are not just for practical use, they are also fishing art. Start your collection today!
All topwater fishing baits are proudly made in the USA 🇺🇸 by Captain David Jefford (Lureman)
The Wee-deen's story as noted by the Captain -- "First of all, I am a topwater fisherman. There is nothing more exciting than watching a big fish explode the surface on a plug you are working. I have used many of the popular lures with success. A lot depends, however, on the conditions and the aggressiveness of the fish on any given day. Often a fish will respond, but will not close its mouth that last bit to take the bait. This sounds like a case for a sinking lure, but if you are working the shallows over weeds or obstructions, you will have to keep the lure going at a speed that the fish may not care for. I've often found myself in this situation. When I began to carve lures of red cedar, I wanted to make one that was versatile -- a lure that could be worked on the top, as well as just below the surface, and slowly, if needed. To turn a lure that was easy to cast in the wind and that hooked and held fish well was my goal. After many prototype efforts, I came up with the Wee-deen. It casts like a dart, and its free-swinging treble hooks hold fish very well. Best of all, it has the action to be worked slowly, keeping it longer in the lunker's lair. For best results, tie the Wee-deen with a good loop knot, twitch it gently, and pull it under the surface or swim it below, stopping at intervals. 'Keep a firm grip on the rod.'"
Captain Dave turning a lure.
The Finger's story as noted by the Captain -- "Why one hook? Of course, you need at least one, but what extra treble hooks do mostly is add drag and dampen the action of the lure. Homing in on the eye of the lure, most fish are hooked first on the front treble hook. The rest of the hooks, dangling out behind, are available to be hung up on any obstruction the fish might get into, often allowing the fish to pull free. Use a medium-action graphite rod casting modern braid tied with a triple surgeon's knot or uni-knot to a stiffer monofilament leader. This set-up will allow you to work the Finger with the least amount of effort on your part. With the rod held low, reel slowly, rhythmically twitching the rod. Watch the lure dart from side to side or reel the lure under the water for sub-surface walking or reel just fast enough to cause the lure to crawl along the surface. 'A lure with erratic movement will often cause a strike.'"