February Saltwater Lure of the Month: Hurricane Salted Minnow Green Mackerel
This month's Saltwater Lure of the Month was selected as much for the story behind the company as for the amazing quality of the lure itself. Hurricane Lures has been a name that that saltwater enthusiasts from the casual to avid angler have grown to respect over the years for both high quality and exceptional value. The reason is simple; they balance high-end technology and countless hours of on-water experience to meet the specific needs of the inshore, back country, offshore and blue water anglers. From Florida waters to the Texas Gulf Coast, Hurricanes line of tackle not only have the feel and the balance of equipment two to five times the cost, but also have the performance level required to get the job done.
The Hurricane Tackle Company was founded by a lifelong fisherman Gary Ellis. Capt. Gary is a charter captain down off the coast of Islamorado Florida with over 30 years of experience on plug, fly, or spinning tackle. He leads a charter company called Redbone Charters if any of you anglers are ever in the area down there. He built a company around his experience of fishing, and has created some of the finest quality lures, rods, and reels in the saltwater community.
What really drew me to Gary and the Hurricane Tackle Company was his charity effort with the Redbone Celebrity Tournament Series. In 1984 when Gary and his wife Susan found out that their newborn daughter Nicole was diagnosed with Cystic Fibrosis, they knew they had to do everything they could to help fight it. So, in 1988, with the help of friends and the hall of fame baseball player Ted Williams, they founded the Redbone Celebrity Tournament Series to help raise money to research and cure Cystic Fibrosis. In the first year they raised over $16,000. From the small beginnings, the tournament has ballooned to 25 tournaments throughout North America, and have helped to contribute over $10 million to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation! In 2009 alone, they were able to raise over $1.5 million to help "catch the cure".
In addition to their work with the Tournament, a portion of each sale of their Hurricane and Redbone Rods and Reels gets donated to the CF foundation as well. Gary has made it his life's work to help fisherman and those affected with Cystic Fibrosis, and it is a truly inspirational story to tell.