Thanks for that Rob (interesting to get a little insight)I read with interest the comments regarding the Maxi - Flex lures and their costs.
Unfortunately we are slightly biased in our statements - because we are the manufacturers, however, we tell it like it is and we have no reason to pass any information to you which is untrue or based on dreams.
My company produces goods which work - we manufacture UP to a specification, not DOWN to a price.
No matter what you produce there will always be someone who knows of something somewhere which is cheaper.
We spent two and a half years researching and testing Maxi Flex before introducing it to the maket.
The lures are specifically designed to catch fish, not maybe or could do OUR LURES CATCH FISH not fishermen.
This is one of the reasons we only have two colours. We could bang out Whites, Reds, Purples, Pinks etc etc all day long - but why.
Our lures are based on a specially treated clear rubber, using a brand new full length holographic film insert.
The new holographic film flashes all the colours of the spectrum (but naturally) so there is no need to fill your boxes with every coloured lure under the sun.
Under the two years catch trials, our Blue Mist and Green Mist colours consistantly out-performed, by a wide margin, all our other trial colours and that is why we selected just the two colours.
Our lures are catching very large quantities and types of fish wherever they are used from the Falkland Islands to Iceland , Norway , all round the UK and the Channel Islands etc etc.
Value for money - you have to make your own minds up - what we can tell you is that we have an ever increasing quantity of commercial rod and line operators (fishing for the fish market trade)who have switched to MAXI FLEX Sand Eel lures because of the results they are getting.
I am not talking about people buying one or two lures but 40 - 50 lures at a time .
Actual performance examples:-
Commercial out of South Wales - £850.00 of Bass on one flood tide.
Commercial out of South Coast - 750 kg of Pollack over 7 kilos in three weeks.
Private :- South Coast 43 Bass to 8lbs and 7 Cod to 16 lbs one trip
Private :- Jersey 26 Bass to 11 1/2 lbs a Gurnard, and a 6 3/4 lb Wrasse - one trip.
I could fill this page with referals, but as I said before you have to make your own mind up.
Value for money ?? Yes they are not the cheapest in the world and we are not ashamed of that fact but value for money - the commercial above with £850.00's worth of Bass lost five six inch Maxi Flex lures during that trip (say £25.00) . The private man in Jersy lost no lures.
If you are used to NOT catching fish then any lure is expensive, if however you fish and get results, then maybe if you look at it sensibly the lure is not so expensive.
These lures are designed and tested to perform and catch fish, not to attract unsuspecting lure buying fishermen.
As Managing Director of this company (and a fisherman for 55 years ) I have neither the desire or ambition or need to make a 'swift buck' out of anyone.
I design lures which catch fish. To do that job properly costs money
Best Regards and Good Hunting
Suggest you may like to read report from M/D of manufacturers - within this forumHas anyone tried the MaxiFlex sandeels - are they worth the money?
seem expensive but look good
Don`t write them off, they are great.i have bought the tempest ones which are all but identical to these, not a sniff, i am not writing them off just yet, i have 5 of the buggers... but i dont think they are any better than a 50p eddystone