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One of the trends that we’ve chronicled over the last few years in new fishing equipment introductions is that while rods and reels have been on a steady path to become smaller and lighter, hard bodied lures are becoming larger and heavier. The Jackall Kawashi Mikey 140 has been around for a couple of years… [Continue Reading]

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Every lure manufacturer has their own version of a creature bait. Some are better than others in our opinion but we are always willing to try a new entrant in this crowded segment. Why? Cause they catch fish! The new Strike King Rage Tail DB Structure Bug, (DB being short for Denny Brauer) is the… [Continue Reading]

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In our humble opinion, top-water bassin’ has to be one of the most exciting ways to catch fish there is. To see a follow, then the strike and within a split second, feel the weight of the fish … man, there’s nothing quite like it. You may know the company Koppers’ LIVETARGET for their hollow… [Continue Reading]

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Fish Big and Shallow with the Jackall Kawashi Mikey 140

jackall-kawashi-mikey-140One of the trends that we’ve chronicled over the last few years in new fishing equipment introductions is that while rods and reels have been on a steady path to become smaller and lighter, hard bodied lures are becoming larger and heavier.

The Jackall Kawashi Mikey 140 has been around for a couple of years now and could be considered one of those baits that was a catalyst in the early days of this trend. [Read more…]

The Strike King Rage Tail DB Structure Bug, the Best Rage Tail Yet?

IMG_2602Every lure manufacturer has their own version of a creature bait. Some are better than others in our opinion but we are always willing to try a new entrant in this crowded segment.

Why? Cause they catch fish!

The new Strike King Rage Tail DB Structure Bug, (DB being short for Denny Brauer) is the subject of our review today. [Read more…]

Koppers’ LIVETARGET Yearling Baitball Walking Bait

IMG_2530In our humble opinion, top-water bassin’ has to be one of the most exciting ways to catch fish there is.

To see a follow, then the strike and within a split second, feel the weight of the fish … man, there’s nothing quite like it.

You may know the company Koppers’ LIVETARGET for their hollow body frogs which, like all their baits, are produced using ultra-realistic paint schemes to complement the engineering behind the lure. [Read more…]

Going “Old” School with the Berkley Havoc Klein’s Boss Dog

IMG_2424Berkley, through its Havoc line of baits, has come out with some very good value priced soft plastics. Today we’re going to look at a new lizard, the Havoc Klein’s Boss Dog.

This lure was produced with the input of Elite Series Pro Gary Klein.

Some parts of the country tend to use more lizards than others because there are salamanders in the water who, during the spawn, are more than happy to raid nests and gobble down all the eggs they can before either getting run off by a buck or eaten. [Read more…]

Fishing low and slow with the Jackall Spade T.G. Jig

IMG_2421So you’re looking for a jig with a little something different that the bass haven’t seen?

On top of that, you want something that can be used for more than one technique because the waters that you fish have varied structural elements that require more than one approach?

The Jackall Spade T.G. Jig could be the answer for some of these nagging issues. What makes this jig more versatile than many of its competitors?

Let’s run down a quick list of features that Jackall built into the Spade T.G. [Read more…]

Fishing the Missile Baits Fuse 4.4

IMG_2368So your looking for a finesse bait that the bass haven’t seen before that gives you the ability to be rigged several ways without sacrificing the action?

Then here is one that you’ve got to try if you haven’t, the Missile Baits Fuse 4.4.

Okay, so you want a bait that will go from a shakey-head to a drop-shot to a neko rig then turn around on a wacky-head or a Carolina rig or even just a straight Texas rig?

At the risk of being redundant, the Fuse 4.4 may be just what you’re looking for. [Read more…]

Going Wacky with the Gamakatsu G-Finesse Wacky Jig Head

IMG_2398Wacky rigging soft plastics is a mainstay in clear water situations because it catches fish. The terminal tackle, in this case the wacky jig head, has seen several changes over the course of its introduction.

The Gamakatsu G-Finesse Series Wacky Jig Head is one of those products that takes a different slant on this proven technique.

The G-Finesse comes in four sizes, 1/16, 3/32, 1/8 and 3/16. All of these feature the same specially designed hook for the jig head. The recessed line tie sits at about 40 degrees with a pair of titanium weed guards molded securely in the head of the jig.

 

This package of features makes the jig more weedless than a number of its competitors according to Gamakatsu. [Read more…]

Fishing the Field and Stream Sugar Stix Sugar Jerk

IMG_2434Yeah, fall is here in all its glory and with it, some of the baits that you may have put away for a while are back on the table for catching bass.

One of those is soft plastic jerkbaits. If you want to throw  a curve ball pick up a pack of Field and Stream Sugar Stix Sugar Jerk’s.

This is another in the series of sugar infused baits from Field and Stream. Here, they incorporate a proven design for catching bass with their unique sweet twist. [Read more…]

Dropping Bombs with the Missile Baits Baby D Bomb

IMG_2407We’re going to assume that the vast majority of you have at least experimented with using creature baits at one point or another. Maybe you’ve had some success with them, maybe not. Have you ever tried the Missile Baits Baby D Bomb? If the answer is no, read on …

The Baby D Bomb measures 3.65 inches but seems even smaller than that. It could be that because only a little more than half of that length is taken up by the body, with the rest being the appendages, that it simply looks smaller than its actual length.

 

We have been fishing this bait for the better part of 2014, through all the seasons and are very impressed with what it can do as a stand alone lure as well as being a complement for other lures.

Fishing the Baby is a simple but very effective way to fill your limit with the rigging options being uncomplicated yet varied. [Read more…]

Chronicle of a “Lifetime Warranty”

IMG_2474I’ve got a question for you. Do you ever wonder if the warranty that came with something that you bought is worth the paper that it’s written on or do you, like we have many times in the past, just replace an item when it goes south without trying to exercise that warranty?

I say this with some conditions. The most important of which is the time elapsed from the original purchase date to when it breaks. If it blows up shortly after I bought it, obviously I’m gonna do what I can to have the company make it right.

But if you have had it for a while, do you figure you got your money’s worth, just let it go and go get another one? I know that I have taken the latter course many times. [Read more…]