“He caught nine in a row on that new bait without the claws,” Dorris said. “I said right then, I got to go see a (patent) lawyer.”
Dorris obtained a patent on the design, then months afterward discovered Tightlines had started manufacturing the same bait. Instead of a patent fight, the company cut Dorris in on a percentage.
Tightlines UV is one of the leaders in the tackle industry in the trend of UV colors in baits. While humans need a blacklight to see ultraviolet reflectivity, fish can see it naturally. Thus, the theory is that fish can more easily see baits with UV-reflective paint.
Tightlines UV, however, takes the process a step further and infuses a small amount of UV color in its soft plastic baits, including the Whiskers line.
Dorris said the Whiskers baits, which come in different colors and models, mimics a crawdad and should be fished slowly on the bottom.
“When you stop it, it stands up and those whiskers flare out just like a crawdad with its pincers out,” he said. “It looks just like a mad crawdad in the water.”
Dorris said he’s caught many smallmouth and spotted bass on the bait at Lake Tenkiller and Lake Eufaula. For more information or to order the baits, contact Tightlines UV at (660) 562-3838 or online at tightlinesuv.com