Sevier County father and son duo leading the way with non-lead b

Sevier County father and son duo leading the way with non-lead based fishing lures

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A father and son team in Sevier County believe they have the answer to how to build a better mouse trap, or rather a better fishing lure. A father and son team in Sevier County believe they have the answer to how to build a better mouse trap, or rather a better fishing lure.
"My mind is always trying to find something new or trying another way. I'll build little things ten different ways before I get satisfied with what I want," said David Simmons. "My mind is always trying to find something new or trying another way. I'll build little things ten different ways before I get satisfied with what I want," said David Simmons.
So it was with David Simmons's latest creation, a better fishing lure made from glass. He showed us how it reacts in his demonstration tank. So it was with David Simmons's latest creation, a better fishing lure made from glass. He showed us how it reacts in his demonstration tank.
"The glass tends to kind of, it floats its way down. So it stays in the strike zone a lot longer for the fish, plus it's something fish hadn't seen," said Jason Simmons. "The glass tends to kind of, it floats its way down. So it stays in the strike zone a lot longer for the fish, plus it's something fish hadn't seen," said Jason Simmons.
The idea of a glass lure came to David Simmons six or seven years ago. In that time, his son Jason joined the effort and the two are now selling the product under the name the Glassic Lure. The idea of a glass lure came to David Simmons six or seven years ago. In that time, his son Jason joined the effort and the two are now selling the product under the name the Glassic Lure.

By GENE PATTERSON
6 News Anchor/Reporter

SEVIERVILLE (WATE) - A father and son team in Sevier County believe they have the answer to how to build a better mouse trap, or rather a better fishing lure.

David Simmons invented the "Jobber Two" construction calculator 30 years ago. Its successor, the "Jobber Six," is a must have tool for builders.

"My mind is always trying to find something new or trying another way. I'll build little things ten different ways before I get satisfied with what I want," said Simmons.

So it was with David's latest creation, a better fishing lure made from glass. He showed us how it reacts in his demonstration tank.

"The glass tends to kind of, it floats its way down. So it stays in the strike zone a lot longer for the fish, plus it's something fish hadn't seen," said Jason Simmons.

The idea of a glass lure came to David Simmons six or seven years ago. In that time, his son Jason joined the effort and the two are now selling the product under the name the Glassic Lure.

The father and son duo feel their lure is superior to anything else on the market.

Born through trial and error, David's design and process is so unique, they own all the patents to it. There's certainly a growing market for non-lead based fishing lures.

"One of the big reasons glass is becoming so popular is because they have, in so many states and places like state parks, banned lead because of the issues with hurting the environment," said Jason.

In a typical week, they may sell up to 1,500 lures. Though they have sold as far west as California and north to Canada, most of their sales are local.

They hope one day, with the right marketing and more capital, Glassic Lures can be in shops and on fishing lines everywhere.

More online: Glassic Lures


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