Zorro is back.

Buyrl quickly proved that Zorro Lures still work.

Buyrl quickly proved that
Zorro Lures still work.

Stan Sloan left a legacy. His famous Zorro spinnerbaits are first to come to mind. Sloan won the first tournament ever held by B.A.S.S. founder Ray Scott. Sloan was also the first angler to move his trolling motor to the front of a boat. In 1971, Mr. Sloan’s design of “The Aggravator” spinnerbait enabled Bobby Murray to win the first Bass Master’s Classic.

Sloan passed in 2008 after a long battle with cancer. He worked every day in the lure plant until his death.

Late in 2009, anglers Buyrl Shirley and Ronnie Rogers purchased the Zorro Bait Company. It was my pleasure to meet Shirley during a trip to Center Hill Lake. The day began in a comfortable cabin at Edgar Evins State park. The spacious cabin is really a split-level condominium. (I cannot wait to go back.)

I met Shirley at the dock and we ran to a nearby point. It was not long before he bagged a massive smallmouth on one of his lures. We quickly moved to another point and began to pick up some spotted bass. Writer, Nathaniel Samsel joined us mid-morning to catch a few spots of his own.Zorro Spinnerbait six pound smallie

At lunch, I could not help but think about selling those Zorro spinnerbaits in our family tackle shop, nearly forty-years ago. Samsel asked why I was staring at my sandwich. I tried to explain the irony and could not find the words.
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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2 Responses to Zorro is back.

  1. Carl Halfacre, Park Manager Edgar Evins State Park says:

    Mr. Stallings thanks for the “plug” (pun intended) come back anytime.

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