I think its safe to say that Abel has the best colour/pattern selection of any other reel company. Here are just a few of their amazing 2011 designs, click the image to see the rest!
I’ve been working on new lures all week, getting prepared for my trip to Ontario. While the purpose of my trip is to visit family, I plan to sneak off to fish at least a couple of times. Luckily for me, pike season starts about midway though my visit, so I’ve built about 25 lures to take with me in hopes of catching some big ones. Here are a couple of the new paint jobs.
The 10-inch Haskell minnow has been refered to, by previous owner Tracey Shirey, as the “Holy Grail” of fishing. This, almost pricless, artifact of fishing history was previously bought for $101,200. Holy Crap! Kerry Chatham is the new owner and declines to tell how much he paid for it, but its previous owner vowed only to sell at double the investment.
The lure was designed by Riley Haskell of Painesville, Ohio and was the first articulated bait ever patented, reciving Patent #25,507 on September 20, 1859. Haskell was a gunsmith, his expertise with manufacturing aided very well with the construction of his lure, but repairing firearms is most likely what “paid the bills”, especially during the Civil War. The Haskell minnow was a very ornate design, a rarity among lures of the era, having eyes, fins, distinct scale pattern, and a spinning tail.
To this day the lures tail still spins, a sign of its durability and quality construction.
“There’s probably been four (owners),” said Chatham, who also owns three smaller Haskell minnows. “The patent was 1859, but this was made before that … probably about 1850, well before the Civil War.
“We feel like it probably is (the only one), because it is so big and it was not feasible to make that piece and try to fish with it. That’s why you see so many of the (smaller) bass and pike size, and not many of the muskie. That’s why we only have found three of those.”
Since then, Chatham said, he has had half a dozen “serious offers, which I consider to be more than what I paid.” One person offered $500,000, which Chatham declined.
Alaska Airlines is promoting the Alaskan seafood and fishing industry with a half million tax dollar paint job on a Boeing 737. Approximately half the United States’ total seafood catch comes from Alaska fisheries, considered the world’s leader in sustainable managment of their resources, and thanks to Alaska Airlines that seafood can be delivered to markets and restaurants in less than 24 hours.
Alaska Airlines today landed the world’s largest king salmon—stretching 120 feet and weighing in at 140,000 pounds—at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport.
The “Salmon-Thirty-Salmon,” sporting the glimmering image of a wild Alaska king salmon, is among the world’s most intricately painted commercial airplanes. Complete with shiny scales, a dorsal fin and gills, the livery on the Alaska Airlines 737-400 passenger aircraft is the result of a dedicated team of 30 painters working nearly nonstop for 24 days.
The “Salmon-Thirty-Salmon” aircraft features an original design by Mark Boyle, a Seattle-based wildlife artist who is also a recognized leader in the livery design of commercial aircraft. The project required three times as many hours to paint as the normal livery, using Mylar paint to create an iridescent look and airbrushing techniques to make the fish painting appear three dimensional.
I guess this makes Nippon Airways Pokemon paint job look childish. Oh, right, Pokemon…