BRISBANE, AUSTRALIA - An Australian fisherman has developed his love of the sport into a business venture making plastic lures. Peter Howard said his injection molded lures are more durable and easier to make than traditional wood lures.
Howard established his business, Howard's Urethane Manufacturing Pty. Ltd., in Wurtulla, north of Brisbane, this year and now produces 2,000 lures a week, which are distributed across Australia.
He tests the lures, which range from 11/2-103/4, on Queensland's beaches and said there is potential for exports to the Pacific Islands.
Before launching his business, Howard was a partner in Lively Lures Pty. Ltd. for seven years, where he made lures from wood, polyurethane and other plastics.
Currently, the company contract manufactures blank, unpainted polyurethane lures on behalf of other Australian lure manufacturers.
Howard said wood was the traditional material because lures needed to float but also to have weight for casting.
He said plastic lures were often too light for casting, but polyurethane simulated the properties of wood and did not take water.
``Wood lures gradually take water and crack,'' he said. Howard said molded polyurethane also enabled simpler and better manufacturing.
Wood lures required drilling of eyelets for a hook and of external pieces to help the lure dive and swim, he said.