This is a picture of a #6 panther martin spinner I found last fall at Lon Hagler reservior while fishing for rainbows. It was stuck on a log and I spotted it while wading the shore so I put it in my box, brought it home, cleaned it up and forgot about it until this spring.
Earlier this year I pulled the little spinner out on a hunch and ended up catching many fat, football shaped rainbows on it. I caught one the very first cast with it. It was my 'go-to' lure for rainbows all spring.
After catching many fat fish, the spinner was looking bad. the hackles were unraveling, the wire was bent, and the paint was chipping off. I decided one day that I'd retire it and buy a new one to replace it.
The spinner I bought looked
exactly the same, but I noticed that it was made in China instead of Italy like panther martins had been forever. 'Oh well'* I thought, nothing I can do about that.
The other day I went after some rainbows since the bass action is a little slow. Of course, I had to try out my new spinner. Strangely I didn't catch any rainbows on it but managed to snag this (in my opinion) ugly mirror carp.
I didn't think much about it at the time. So today, I went out after some rainbows again. I let my wife try the spinner and after not having any luck with it, she wanted to try something else. I figured I could probably catch something on it. We hadn't had any action at all and as we were walking back to the car I cast the spinner out and BAM I had a huge fish on. I fought it for about 5 minutes and couldn't make any progress on it. suddenly...it was gone.
$*&%#! is what I said, but three casts later BAM! I had a nother huge fish on. I fought this one for at least 15 minutes. I made very slow progress and was often losing ground with the fish. I had visions of a state record rainbow or at least some nice slabs for the grill. I had my wife get the camera ready and she snapped this picture of me fighting the fish.
Well, I finally landed it and guess what...It was another carp! a big one...snagged in the dorsal fin. My guess is that it was 10-15lbs. Based on the way it fought, I'm positive the one I lost was another snagged carp.
Now, I'm not sure what I'm saying here, and I don't know if the Italians love trout all that much but I do know that the Asians love their carp and I think that my Chinese panter martin has been jinxed by it's nation of origin to only catch carp.
I'm not sure If I should buy a new one or bring the old one out of retirement. I do know that this spinner is jinxed.