Featured Reviews

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… [Continue Reading]

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… [Continue Reading]

We’ve been fishing a not so new jig for several months now that for some reason, just hasn’t gotten a lot of attention. Like you, we’ve got our favorite jigs, swim jigs, bladed jigs, football head jigs etc. But we’ve never had one with a sink rate this slow.   We’re talking about the Custom… [Continue Reading]

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…]

Custom Lures Zero Gravity Jig – Defying Tradition

IMG_0290We’ve been fishing a not so new jig for several months now that for some reason, just hasn’t gotten a lot of attention. Like you, we’ve got our favorite jigs, swim jigs, bladed jigs, football head jigs etc. But we’ve never had one with a sink rate this slow.

 

We’re talking about the Custom Lures Unlimited Zero Gravity Jig which has a sink rate of about 1foot every 3 seconds even with a trailer. Yup, you heard right, this is not a typo. This jig sinks slower than molasses in January even though it is a “full sized jig”.

How? Here is the simple answer. The Zero Gravity Jig uses a non-metal arkie style head that is so light the overall weight of this jig is a published .21 oz. That is with the skirting material, hook and weed guard factored in.

Traditionally, if you wanted to change the rate of fall on your jig, you would switch trailers to bulk it up which in turn provided more resistance in the water slowing the descent. Yes, this works to an extent but let’s get real, a 1/2 oz. head falls like a 1/2 oz. head. This also dictates the swimming motion of the typical jig.

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The New Bagley B Minus Lipless Crankbait

IMG_8136This spring we ran across a new lipless plug, the Bagley Rattlin’ B Minus. A shallow sinking, full-sized lipless crankbait that defies the old notion of the proverbial “idiot bait.”

 

They were called, “idiot baits” because most anglers simply threw them out and wound them back in. When fish were aggressively biting these lures you could fill the live well quick, fast and in a hurry. Not to mention that when this bite is on, you’ll get some of the most bone-jarring strikes you’re likely to experience.

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The Line Cutterz Ring, simplicity on your finger

IMG_0181We spend the bulk of our time discussing rods, reels, line, baits of all sorts, terminal tackle etc. But we don’t often talk about accessories. There are plenty out there, some good … some not so hot, some useful … others, not so much.

However, once in a while a product comes along that gives you one of those “aha!” moments based on a lot of factors but usually grounded in simplicity as well as utility. Such is the case for the subject of this review. The Line Cutterz Ring.

One of the fundamentals in fishing is learning to tie good strong knots. In doing so, you inevitably have to cut some line. You can use scissors, nailclippers, pliers or possibly the worst alternative, your teeth.

Obviously all of these have some built in drawbacks. Rust, accessibility, dulling easily, inconvenient to carry, easy to lose or even requiring an emergency trip to your dentist. None of which add to the pleasure of a day on the water. [Read more…]

Winless No Longer, John Murray Brings It Home at Toledo Bend

John Murray wins Elite Series at Toledo BendMany, LA — 11 years is a really long time.

11 years is a really long time to pursue something.

11 years is a really long time to pursue something without the big payoff.

That is precisely what John Murray has been doing, and finally, he got to hoist the trophy and the big check. And just like he’s been doing for the past 11 years as a part of the Series, he had to fight for it. And he fought like hell. [Read more…]