Knowing the appropriate chemicals to use is the first step in developing a scientifically-designed fishing lure, but creating the appropriate matrix to hold those chemicals and release them into the water in an efficient, beneficial way is equally important.
"LSU's Office of Intellectual Property was integral in the development of Attraxx," said Caprio. "After going through the office to license the Sci-X compound I created to Mystic Tackleworks, they connected me with a member of the chemical engineering faculty here, Professor James Henry, an expert in composite materials."
Henry, whose primary work involves developing matrixes to replace bone destroyed in catastrophic accident or disease, was excited by the somewhat out-of-the-ordinary offer of collaboration.
"This was a really interesting project to work on," said Henry. "I never imagined that I would be working on soft fishing lures in my life, but I couldn't be happier with the project."
The turnaround involved was a bonus for Henry, too.
"Working with materials that impact human health is very fulfilling but very time consuming," said Henry. "I won't see completion of most of my projects in my lifetime, but I received packages of Attraxx just last month. It's really a nice feeling to see the final outcome of your work and know it's been successful."
While expertise in developing biomaterials was essential to forming a successful matrix for the lure, so was knowledge about the actual sport of fishing.
"There are a lot of soft baits on the market. Most of them are just plastic there's no chemical scent, just visual and mechanical stimuli," said Caprio. "Those that do have some chemical basis are messy, inconveni
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