I had the privilege to spend my afternoon with Mr. Sweeney yesterday at the shop. Some of you will know exactly who he is, while others will not have a clue, but may recognize him by his lures. He has been making his own lures for well over 25 years now and they have been one of those secretive lures that not many have been willing to share. He hand makes each and every lure and many NJ & NY Captains have kept his products to themselves....... and will probably hate me after this post.
Mr. Sweeney has selected Jersey Tackle to carry his full line and I cant tell you how happy I am about that. It was an interesting day to learn how and why he makes each model, along with the amount of knowledge both he and his wife have about fishing. Both of them are great people and I am lucky to have had the chance to meet them. Until yesterday, he has been this elusive "rock star" that every body kept to themselves. He is a young 76 years old, and spending the day with him yesterday was a learning experience for me.
He has created a few different styles such as his own jet heads, weighted heads that dart side to side in the spread, pushers & plungers, slant heads and most of all...... his famous glow heads that have been the bigeye & bluefin magnet for so many local fishermen. His heads glow for 20-24hrs, have about 30X more power than any other out there and while I agree with some of you when you think that the glow does not matter while trolling during the day......... all I can say is : I HAVE WITNESSED IT FOR MYSELF!!! It must be something with the tunas eye..... because I have watched these things catch fish after fish, when NOTHING else worked. I dont know exactly why they are attracted to them, but they are, and that's all that matters.
We will have them in the shop later this morning. I know a few guys will be upset that they are available to the public.... but I swear, he came to us. No dealer in their right mind would turn down Sweeneys Glow Lures as they are known!!!!
I will have them up on the website this week. They are hand made and will be listed as an inventoried item, which means limited quantities on colors and sizes.