A new Road Runner just for Trout and Panfish

Natural Science, Road Runner, Trout & Panfish

Natural Science Road Runner for Trout & Panfish

Anglers have fished Road Runners for Trout and Panfish for over 50 years. So why did I create a new Road Runner just for these species? The first reason is personal. Fishing for Bluegill and Brim is what got my family into the tackle business. The required ultra-light tackle is just plain FUN to fish with too.

I knew there would be some similarities in the Trout market so I scheduled a trip with Trout expert, Jeff Samsel. We caught plenty of good fish on my early prototypes and he was a big help on the color choices. It only took me 40 years to figure out that Trout and Bluegill eat the same thing, bugs!

What’s different about this Road Runner series?

First; all three sizes (1/32nd, 1/16th and 1/8th) feature a smaller, premium hook. There’s also a prism paint job with 3-D eyes. I chose the willow blade for the deeper waters that Panfish bed in. Trout tend to hang out in eddies, just off swift water where the willow blade is preferred.

One buyer really wanted us to offer a 1/8th oz. size for larger Trout, Goggle Eye and Crappie. Good thinking!

Then there’s the tube body…I chose Southern Pro Tackle’s, Trout Tubes. They had some great colors to choose from, but we wanted more. Their staff rose to the challenge to make special colors like; “Yellow Coach Dog”, “May Fly” and Le Skunk!™ ,  colors you haven’t seen in soft plastics before.

Since Trout and Panfish are “Bait Thieves” we designed the barb to be a little over-sized for maximum grip on the tube. We even included extra tubes in the package.

We’re working with bigbluegill.com to create a special contest to win the FIRST complete set of all 12 colors in the 1/32nd oz size. Look for details there soon.

I need to thank our pro-staff, industry experts and buyers for their help designing this series. Your help is appreciated!

Blessings,  -TJ

About TJ Stallings

45-year tackle industry veteran Marketing and Crazy Ideas at TTI-Blakemore Fishing Group (Home of Road Runner Lures and six hook brands including Tru-Turn, Daiichi, XPoint, Team Catfish, Mr. Crappie and StandOUT Hooks.) Home of Gun Protect. The opinions expressed in this blog are those of TJ Stallings and not necessarily those of TTI-Blakemore.
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10 Responses to A new Road Runner just for Trout and Panfish

  1. Just when panfish thought it was safe to go outside….

  2. Dale Allison says:

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  3. mark smolak says:

    The blade seems designed for deeper waters or moving waters. What about for those of us on the west coast, mainly Southern Calif where most lakes are man made, trout are raised in shallow ponds and we tend to find them in skinny water (0-25ft). Is there going to be a version for bank stompers to fish?

    • TJ Stallings says:

      Mark,
      Try going down a size. I’ve bank-fished the 1/16th oz and 1/32nd oz sizes with great success. Most of the fish were in 2 to 3 feet of water. Good fishing!

  4. Mark Hainsey says:

    TJ, where can I buy these lures???? I love the look of the Maribou and desperately want to try the trout and panfish versions in 1/32nd oz. Can you tell me where I can buy these? Thanks

    • TJ Stallings says:

      Hey Mark. Thank you for your inquiry. Many tackle shops carry the original marabou Road Runner. Some have picked up the Trout-Panfish Series too.
      Since I don’t know your location, I’d recommend Cablea’s. They stepped up last year when we introduced the new, Trout-Panfish and put a bunch of them in. BTW- There are two, new colors, “Ant” and “Booley Wugger”. Good fishing Mark!

      • Mark Hainsey says:

        TJ, thanks, I did go online and found a couple of retailers, including cabelas that carry them. Looking forward to giving them a try. Thanks

  5. I am looking for these. What exactly do I Google? Do you have a model number. This is just what I have been waiting on.

    Matthew

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