Panther Martin's Deadly Dozen and 20 Packs — "Epic Lures for Legendary Lunkers"
By: Sam Grothe
The great thing about Panther Martin is that it has been making these incredible spinners for nearly 50 years. It has refined, redesigned and perfected its spinning lures to the point that they've become legendary around the world.
Some of the greatest things in life come in little packages. All the baseball and football cards I collected as a kid came in a bright and colorful little package. Some of the collectible coins I've received over the years have come in neat little plastic cases. And the wedding ring I bought my wife came in a box a genie would be proud to live in. Likewise, Panther Martin selected its most praiseworthy spinning lures and packaged them in a durable little see-through plastic case that will fit in your tackle box or a jacket pocket. Just looking at all the great colors and different sizes of spinners offered in the Deadly 20 Pack is enough to make you feel like a kid again. You'll be dying to try them out as soon as you can.
If you're going panfish or trout fishing for one afternoon or on a short overnight campout, the Deadly Dozen Pack will be all the tackle you need. On the other hand, the Deadly 20 Pack will probably last you a fishing season or two, depending on how often you get out and how well you cast. I'm fortunate that our fishing product specialists at Cabela's had a pack of the 20 Deadly spinners for me to field-test. I planned to try them on my fishing trip in the Wyoming foothills. With my trusty rod on board and my reel wound with 5-lb. test line, I set off with nothing but the Deadly 20 and two great friends.
We arrived with about an hour and a half of sunlight left, so I proudly pulled out my plastic case of spinners. At last, the time had come to put them to the test. After opening the lid, the first thing my eyes fell on was the big-daddy Panther Martin Deluxe Gold size 15, 1/2-oz. So that's what I decided to tie on. It only took one or two casts before I hooked up on my first trout. A nice 10" brookie.
Next, I wanted to try a Panther Martin color pattern that I had never used. I chose a size-2 Black Zebra weighing 1/16 oz. The red body has a black blade with gold zebra stripes on it. I tossed it about 20 yards out and it was nailed right when it hit the surface of the water. The fish turned out to be a gorgeous German brown measuring just over 20".
The great thing about Panther Martin is that it has been making these incredible spinners for nearly 50 years. It has refined, redesigned and perfected its spinning lures to the point that they've become legendary around the world. The classic design starts at the shaft where a convex blade delivers an underwater sound that drives fish nuts. Panther Martin claims it makes the fastest spinning blade on any spinning lure in the world. The heavyweight bodies are shaped and cast like bullets. All are fitted with super-sharp premium hooks that hardly ever slip out once set.
To tell you the name and style of every spinner in this magical little package would be a great disservice to avid anglers everywhere. Part of the great fun and mystery of fishing is discovering something new about it every time you get outdoors. I'll be real honest. I'm a Panther Martin fanatic, but I usually have a favorite few that I grab at Cabela's that I know are trusted and true. But, I've discovered some new ones with this selection that have come to rival my old favorites. The Black Zebra is now definitely one of them and there are a few others too. But, I'll leave that up to you to discover for yourself.
Just remember — if they stop hitting, move to a different location or tie on another pattern. Panther Martin spinners are a lot like hors d'oeuvres for fish; they like to see and try new ones after about two or three casts from the same spot you're fishing.
I'd like to wish you good luck, but you're not going to need it if you take Panther Martin's Deadly Dozen or 20 Pack.