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Something New From The Wisconsin Musky Expo
By Craig Sandell © 2017

Every year the Wisconsin Musky Expo is host to over 100 exhibitors and each year there is always a product or lure deserving of mention.

For me, this year the exhibitor of note is a lure company called Nauti Lures.

In addition to a line of clothing and accessories, they make a quality bucktail.

This is not the “modern era” double bladed buckail with which we have become familiar. The blade sizes range from 8 to 10 and overall sizes range from 6" to 13".

Of particular interest is the holographic silicone skirt material. It is very unique to the musky industry and promises to become the standard for skirt material. The attention to construction detail sets it above many of the other double bladed bucktails on the market today.

Of particular note is the extra step taken to protect your line
from any sharp edges by covering exposed wire with shrink wrap.

The folks from Nauti Lures offer a wide range of colors, as can be seen from the picture taken from their Facebook page at:

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