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Popper’s are one genre of baits that don’t really get the kudos that they deserve. These seemingly simple, chugging, blooping, walking, spitting, rattling baitfish imitators have caught fish for decades. The trick for any new bait in this category is how to differentiate itself from the long list available to anglers in a way that… [Continue Reading]

We anticipate frogging season every year and this year has been no exception  especially considering the number of new frogs available. It’s always interesting to see what changes the manufacturers come up with to make this genre of lures more productive.   Terminator followed their Walking Frog with the new Walking Frog Jr. A smaller,… [Continue Reading]

We’ve been fishing the Daiwa Tatula since it was introduced three years ago and have been impressed with them from the beginning. Three years ago, the Tatula series was born with the Tatula 100 and the Tatula 100 Type R. This reel has proven to be a workhorse for us that continues to provide reliable… [Continue Reading]

Storm’s new Arashi Cover Pop – Big Mouth, Big Action

Popper’s are one genre of baits that don’t really get the kudos that they deserve.

These seemingly simple, chugging, blooping, walking, spitting, rattling baitfish imitators have caught fish for decades.

The trick for any new bait in this category is how to differentiate itself from the long list available to anglers in a way that will get you to try them.

The new Storm Arashi Cover Pop took on this challenge with specific performance characteristics in mind for their final production design.

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The new Terminator Walking Frog Jr. – The Goldilocks Frog

We anticipate frogging season every year and this year has been no exception  especially considering the number of new frogs available. It’s always interesting to see what changes the manufacturers come up with to make this genre of lures more productive.

 

Terminator followed their Walking Frog with the new Walking Frog Jr. A smaller, more compact hollow body frog that has borrowed all the best features from its larger sibling.

Jr. is 2-1/2 inches in length, 1/2 oz. as opposed to 3 inches, 11/16 oz. for the regular Walking Frog. It utilizes the same body proportions with the wide, deep head and narrow, shallow tail as the original. Jr. uses a slightly smaller VMC hook, the same round rubber leg strands and a down-sized version of the curved rear weight that sits flush with the body.

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The Daiwa Tatula SV TW, the best Tatula yet?

We’ve been fishing the Daiwa Tatula since it was introduced three years ago and have been impressed with them from the beginning. Three years ago, the Tatula series was born with the Tatula 100 and the Tatula 100 Type R. This reel has proven to be a workhorse for us that continues to provide reliable performance no matter what we throw at it.

 

Last year we obtained the Tatula CT Type R which maintained all the technologies of the original but did so in a more compact and lighter weight package that was a major step forward. As of this writing our CT Type R is smoother than the day it came out of the box.

Daiwa chose the 2017 Bassmaster Classic to release the latest thoroughbred in the Tatula stable – the Tatula SV TW. While the CT was a major step forward, the SV is a quantum leap forward.

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The Spro BBZ-1 Rat 25 – Mighty Mouse?

This time of year we are usually testing a bunch of new topwater offerings that debuted at ICAST.

This year has been no different and we have discovered that there are several gems.

 

Today we are looking at something that is truly special and has been putting fish in the boat since the first trip.

We’ve now thrown this plug on every subsequent trip and have never failed to catch fish with it. It’s a fish magnet, plain and simple. [Read more…]

The Jackall Firecracker High Impact Buzzbait – Compact Thunder

It’s often said, “Summertime is buzzbait time!” Yes, summertime can be a great time to throw a buzzer but don’t limit yourself to the dog days.

 

We’ve been using the Jackall Firecracker High Impact Buzzbait for a several months now and have caught fish with it from spring to fall. We still haven’t put it away because it’s still generating strikes.

The Firecracker has some interesting design features that give it a unique sound that seems to either goad bass into biting by irritating them or by drawing them in from a distance. Whatever the motivation is for hitting this bait, the result is the same—heart racing, explosive strikes. [Read more…]

Christie Takes Lake St Clair In A Very Unusual Way

Macomb County , Mi—Chumming isn’t allowed in the Bassmaster Elite series. Anglers cannot throw bait into the water to get the fish fired up and start feeding.

When it occurs naturally though, there are no provisions in the rules to keep an angler from taking advantage. Jason Christie did just that to grab his 5th trophy. [Read more…]

Action Heats Up On Lake St Clair Day 2

Macomb County, Mi—Maybe coming up short can be the fuel a person needs to stoke their fire. Maybe finishing runner-up to a legend was just the sort of thing Brock Mosley needed to turn that fire into a blaze.

Mosley finished second at the St Lawrence river in July and the legendary KVD took home the trophy.

Coming so close to beating the greatest of all time probably feels pretty good for the second-year pro, but nothing like hoisting that trophy would. [Read more…]

Bradley Roy Takes Lead on Day 1 of Bassmaster Elite Series

Macomb County, MI— Bradley Roy may not be a name most fans are familiar with, but if he keeps fishing like he did today, that is going to change.

The 26-year-old Kentucky native brought 23 pounds, 3 ounces to the scales at Lake St. Claire which was good enough for a narrow one-pound lead. And it didn’t come easy. [Read more…]

The Nichol’s Elite Lo-Pro Double Willow Spinnerbait

The spinnerbait bite is  just plain fun when it’s on. Sometimes however, just like any other genre of lures, the fish can turn off to a particular size of blade configuration, vibration, color or action which requires you to change it up.

One of the ways you can do that is carry different profiles including some that are smaller. The Nichols Elite Lo-Pro Double Willow Spinnerbait is one that we’ve been using a lot this season because it’s been catching a lot of fish for us and matches the forage in the early part of the year.

The Elite Lo-Pro does indeed have a smaller profile than the average spinnerbait but doesn’t sacrifice castability. You can get them in either 3/8 or 1/2 in the double willowleaf configuration in a variety of colors. [Read more…]

KVD Goes Wire to Wire for Number 24

Kevin-VanDam-Wins-Elite-SeriesWaddinton, NY — Sometimes in sports players hit levels of unconscious dominance that everything just seems too easy. Remember Michael Jordan’s famous shrug in the 1992 finals? How about more recently when Steph Curry tossed up a three-ball and was looking for the high-five before it went in? Well, KVD had himself one of those moments this weekend. [Read more…]