By: Chris Shaffer
New Mexico trout anglers likely use more Pautzke salmon eggs than any other state. It’s one of the few places where we could drop a pallet of Green, Tyee, Premium or Gold Label salmon eggs on the floor of a retailer and be confident they would all sell in a few months. We kept this in mind when testing our newest addition to Pautzke’s world-renowned bait arsenal: Fire Balls. New Mexico was the only state we visited twice to test these eggs before being confident that the Fire Balls were exactly what we wanted them to be.
Fortunately, all our tests went exactly as planned. We put on lots of miles in Northern New Mexico to ensure the trout ate them as well as our real salmon eggs. The journey took us to the Pecos, Chama, Rio Mora and Red Rivers as well as Monastery, Eagle Rock and Hopewell Lake. (Many of the sample jars have made it to Colorado, too.) While there are 11 colors/styles of the Fire Balls we focused on fishing a handful here, namely Red, Red with Glitter, Chartreuse Garlic, Pink Shrimp and Gold Garlic.
Here’s a video filmed exclusively with Fire Balls: https://youtu.be/WO-znxc0jps
This video filmed on the Red River caught some big trout on Fire Balls https://youtu.be/cToKZ4sF2Ec
Why did we choose the above waters? For starters, they are well known and heavily fished. We wanted to test Fire Balls in busy, public waters and places where anglers could watch us do it (both in person and on Pautzke Outdoors). We met hundreds of New Mexico trout anglers those weeks and passed out Pautzke hats and samples of the new eggs. I enjoyed learning how all of you fish Pautzke products and hearing countless success stories. Fire Balls are going to become a favorite in the region. They stay on the hook better than real eggs and are more durable, yet remain Soft But Satisfying.