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 the distance 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 Super Cedar
The Super Cedar's story as noted by the Captain -- "'Walking the dog' is a time-proven method of retrieving a topwater lure. Generally, the rod is held low while slowly reeling and twitching at the same time (the rod, not the angler). This produces an attractive side-to-side motion to lure most gamefish. However, there are times when the fish are not overly aggressive and will just follow the lure, attracted by the motion but maddening the angler. Here is where the Super Cedar really shines. Holding the rod low, reeling steadily, the plug will dive as if trying to escape. Stop it with a twitch or several and allow it to float back to the surface. The Super Cedar is a multitasker that triggers instictive strikes."