Frequently Asked Questions



Q.
Who is the inventor of the Hot Spot Flasher?
A.
Jack Gaunt, a proud Canadian fisherman, is the inventor of this unique flasher. He founded Hot Spot Lures Ltd. in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada. All of our lures are manufactured in Victoria.
 
Q.
What does a Hot Spot Flasher do?
A.
A Hot Spot Flasher does three things: First, it creates vibration that attracts fish to your gear. Second, it provides a visual target or stimulus to predator fish. Third, it imparts an action to a lure or bait that doesn't have an action of it's own.
 
Q.
Do I have to have my lure or bait attached to the flasher?
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No, you can run a false-flasher setup; that is run the flasher 20-25' off your downrigger cable or ball. Then run your lure, that has an action of it's own, 8-10' up from that and run it about 5' back from where the flasher is. In so doing you will have the vibration and visual stimuli that will attract fish to your lure.
 
Q.
Can I use any lure with a Hot Spot Flasher?
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Any lure except 5" and larger shovel nose plugs. Plugs create so much drag they would inhibit the Hot Spot action. For lures that have an action of their own, such as an Apex, allow enough leader length that the lure's action is not inhibited by the flasher.
 
Q.
Why is a Hot Spot Flasher superior to the copies and different types of flashers?
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The copies and the other types are one-dimensional in that they spin but don't rotate and periodicaly change direction of rotation like a Hot Spot.
 
Q.
What is the difference between a Hot Spot Flasher and a dodger?
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Dodgers sway from side to side or waggle, but don't rotate. Hot Spot flashers are designed to rotate and will impart much more action to lures, especially bait and hoochies.
 
Q.
What is the best speed to troll at with a Hot Spot Flasher?
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Depending on tides or currents, a Hot Spot flasher can be trolled at 1.5-3.5 m.p.h. For optimal results try to achieve 60 r.p.m. You are generally going to get more strikes at higher speeds.
 
Q.
What colour is best and why are there so many colours?
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Colour selection is often an intangible but there are a few guidelines. Glows are designed to be visible in low light conditions or when fishing at great depths. If we think of the water column as a light filter the red end of the spectrum will reflect light as red only to about 30' in saltwater, and then as depth increases, red becomes black. On the opposite end of the spectrum blue and purple will reflect light as those colours at depths beyond a 100'.
 
Q.
Why is an Apex Lure so effective?
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The erratic action of an Apex creates a lot of vibration which attracts fish from a distance. The erratic action mimics an injured baitfish; natural prey.
 
Q.
How many sizes of Apex are there?
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There are seven sizes to match bait your quarry is feeding on where you are fishing, from 1" to 6.25".
 
Q.
Why are there so many colours of Apex?
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Apex are produced in 54 finishes so the angler can match the local bait colours. A good tip here is to match the colour of your Apex to the colour of the water being fished. Herring, Shad, Anchovies, etc., can adjust their colour to blend in with the surrounding water colour to be less visible to predators. Green water use green, blue water use blue Apex.
 
Q.
I am a dealer and I would like to carry your product, how would I go about this?
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Please call 604-572-8259 or email sales@hotspotlures.com
 
Q.
Who is your distributor in the United States?
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Please call 604-572-8259 or email sales@hotspotlures.com