Joel Dacoron, owner of Vividsnares, creates lead-free crab snares in the hopes to help spread awareness of lead toxicity and the importance of protecting our environment.
WHO IS YOUR INSPIRATION BEHIND VIVIDSNARES?
My main inspiration is my dad, I have been fishing with my dad since I was 13 years old. I wanted to follow my dad everywhere. He showed me how to fish and make rigs. We would fish on the surf for perch and stripers and on the pier for salmon. But as I got older, I pursued other interests and eventually accepted a job out of town. Years later, I was able to come back home and started fishing with him again. These past two years, I have been crab snaring and became addicted to the hobby. I’ve also fallen in love with the new heightened father-son relationship I’ve missed from the years I was away. We talk about crabbing, fishing, new fishing spots and fishing tackle all the time now. I feel lucky and blessed to share the love of fishing with my dad.
With this newly found hobby that I share with my father, I made a Lead-Free steel weighted crab snare I call “Vividsnares”.
The reason I wanted a lead-free product instead of the common lead smelting is because I make the snares at home. I needed a product that is safe to have around my family and kids. The Vividsnares are environmentally safe.
I hope to my product can help spread awareness of lead toxicity and the importance of washing hands after handling lead weights used for fishing. We touch our face, eat and touch everything around us. Vividsnares would help everyone with a little less contact with lead. I would like to continue to share what works for us, to the new and old anglers out there that would like to have something different in their crab snaring arsenal.
My most memorable moment while crabbing was being blessed with my first limit 10 male Dungeness crab on the beach in a few hours with using my own crab snares and it motivated me to make more of my product.
Another memorable moment was being invited by Ken the Crab Slayer to be vending my product along side with him at the “Fisherman’s Life 1st annual Street Fair” and I had the most amazing time and I am humbled by all the love from the community.
The most challenging part is keeping up with the demand of my Vivid Snares after exposure from the street fair. I continue to make snares but at a slower rate as I put so much of my time, material, and love into them. I am seeing the Bay Area crabbing culture growing every day and I love it.
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