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Berkley has introduced a new line of hardbaits that includes versions of the most popular types of lures. The one that first caught our attention was the Pitbull Crank Bait 5.5.   We use a lot of square bills for several reasons. They deflect well off of cover whether the obstructions are bottom oriented or… [Continue Reading]

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Today, we’re going to take a look at another value priced reel from KastKing. We reviewed one of their first products, so when they came out with their light weight reel, we had to find out what it was like to fish.   This reel is named the Stealth. You’re probably coming up with images of… [Continue Reading]

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The topwater bite is really starting to heat up in this neck of the woods so we always have several styles of baits ready to go. One of those is a popper. Like any genre of lures, having different sizes, colors and actions is the key to maximizing the amount of bites you get. Obviously,… [Continue Reading]

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Dog eat Dog with the New Berkley Pitbull 5.5

IMG_3075Berkley has introduced a new line of hardbaits that includes versions of the most popular types of lures. The one that first caught our attention was the Pitbull Crank Bait 5.5.

 

We use a lot of square bills for several reasons. They deflect well off of cover whether the obstructions are bottom oriented or higher in the water column like submerged trees. These are the kinds of places big ‘ole bass like to hang out to ambush prey.

That’s why squarebills tend to be so effective. They represent both some form of food for the bass as well as have the ability to draw reaction strikes. With the latter in mind, one of the key considerations is the ability of a lure to both get through clutter without hanging up and get back on track after banging into something.

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The KastKing Stealth Casting Reel, Flying Under the Radar

IMG_2818Today, we’re going to take a look at another value priced reel from KastKing. We reviewed one of their first products, so when they came out with their light weight reel, we had to find out what it was like to fish.

 

This reel is named the Stealth. You’re probably coming up with images of aircraft, matte dark grey in color and insanely fast that avoids detection from radar. Okay, but we’re talking fishing gear here, right?

Yes, that’s correct. However, the Stealth does have that almost black, matte finish to it with the accents being a combination of brushed stainless steel and gold in appearance. It also sports a grille in the front that has something unique to casting reels. That being a line keeper in the same style of a spinning reel.

 
Yup, you don’t have to tie something to your line on this reel when you’re removing it from the rod. Instead, just tuck the line under the triangular keeper and you’re off to the races. [Read more…]

The Jackall SK-Pop Grande, Small but Loaded for Bass

IMG_2490The topwater bite is really starting to heat up in this neck of the woods so we always have several styles of baits ready to go. One of those is a popper.

Like any genre of lures, having different sizes, colors and actions is the key to maximizing the amount of bites you get. Obviously, it helps to have the ability to present the fish with an alternative when they get shy or turn off on a specific plug.

One of our go to poppers is the Jackall SK-Pop Grande. It has caught a ton of fish for us over the last few seasons.

The SK-Pop is on the smallish side in spite of its name weighing in at 5/16 and measuring only 2.6 inches in length. However, this little bait packs a lot of features into the diminutive frame.

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Native Eyeware: All Day Wearability and Clarity

image_177902gray_1_retina.151218172344A lot of people only have one name in mind when it comes to performance eyeware.

You see them wearing the shades, the hat, the shirt—it’s like a uniform for people who want to make sure other people know they fish once in a while.

You know the brand already, don’t you?

If performance is your thing though, you’re open to something new. If you have to be able to peer into the water, endure long fishing days, and get fish to hand, you want something that works.

Enter Native Eyeware. [Read more…]

KVD Does It Again, Hackney Dq’ed, Cayuga Gets Wild

Kevin-VanDam-Wins-Cayuga-LakeUnion Springs, NY — KVD needed to come from behind to get it done, but the living legend did so to take his second Elite Series trophy in six weeks.

Coming into Sunday, VanDam was in third place and two pounds out of the lead. 15 pounds, seven ounces later, KVD hoisted his 22nd Elite Series trophy, further extending the record he set in May. [Read more…]

The Phenix Vibrator Jig 3, why it’s breaking the mold

IMG_3003While we were down in San Diego we happened to run across the folks from Phenix Baits. They had a booth at the Fred Hall Boat and Tackle Show and were very engaging where discussing their baits was concerned.

We were particularly taken with the Phenix Vibrator Jig Version 3. The reasons were several.

The shape of the head of the jig was rounded in a way that was evident it would slide through grass well, the quality of the skirting, the precise cut of the blade, the components that all attach to the blade, the different blade colors, the conical bait keeper on the shank of the hook, the sharpness of the hook and last but not least, the color and weight choices.

Yeah, that’s a run on sentence but all of those features are immediately evident as soon as you pick up the bait.

Here’s the scoop

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Takahiro Omori Takes It All At Wheeler Lake

Omori Wins Bassmaster Elite Series on Wheeler LakeDecatur, Al— If tournament bass fishing were basketball, Omori’s win at Wheeler Lake was a buzzer beater. With a final day bag weighing 25 pounds, 3 ounces, the trophy belonged to him.

After a slow start, and a bag weighing just south of 11 pounds, Omori found himself in 72nd place at the end of the first day. Friday was kinder to him, and the 23 pounds, 3 ounces he weighed in put him in 4th place—and well within striking distance of a win.

He would continue to climb from there. [Read more…]

Gear up with the Jackall Giron

IMG_3000We all know that fishing in the spring can be like shootin’ ducks in a barrel. Reeling them in one ofter another happens but so do those days where they just go stone cold on you.

 

One of the baits that is often overlooked for use during this pre-spawn, spawn and post-spawn time frame is one of our favorites, a hard bodied swimbait, the Jackall Giron.

So now you’re thinking we’re just a little touched by the sun for not sticking to soft plastics but give us a chance to give you our two cents for why the Giron is always rigged and ready for our spring fishing.

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Rapala’s Pro Series Tungsten Fly Jig is One Hot Little Bug

IMG_2812Over the course of the last several months, we’ve had the opportunity to target trout along with panfish.

We want to show you one more multi-species lure before we leave this genre; the Rapala Pro Series Tungsten Fly Jig. This is another jig that was introduced for use under the ice but it has so many more applications that we still haven’t exhausted all of its capabilities.

You might think that a fly is just a fly. Well, not really. The Fly Jig has produced trout, crappie, bluegill, sunfish and bass for us. Perhaps the secret lies in its simplicity. While it looks like any other well tied fly, the action, sink rate, castability and components separate it from the pack.

We obtained the 1/16 in two colors, Glow Chartreuse and Metallic Rainbow. The Glow Chartreuse is fantastic in stained or off color water while the Metallic Rainbow is a clear water killer.

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Intex Excursion 4 – A Cheaper Way To Fish

IMG_1129We talk a great deal about strategies, techniques, presentations etc., to catch more fish. However, one astute reader of ours posed a great question. That being, “Do all of these strategies work from shore since I don’t have a boat and will they work on small water?”.

 

After our answer to our reader, we started doin’ a little thinkin’. No, not everybody can afford a boat and all that ownership entails so what are the other alternatives?

Well, there are kayak’s but those can set you back a couple grand by the time you outfit them. There are paddle boards but again, they start at above $500 and go up from there. There are small pond type boats that can run as much as $2k or more. There are float tubes but with those, you have to get waders, fins and other paraphernalia that again will get you up to around $500 if not more and you can’t fish with a friend from these.

Is there a functional alternative for around $100 for the budget minded angler that really is all inclusive? We started there to see what we could find and our efforts pointed us to one class of water craft that we simply hadn’t considered. Inflatables. Yup, sure enough, you can get one of these for just over $100 with everything included in the package. The boat, a pump and oars.

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