The world of bass fishing is not any more immune to gimmicks and scams than any other industry.
At least the gimmicks that have been spotted in the fishing world were pretty fun!
Here is a short list of some of my favorite bass fishing gimmicks of all time. All of them but one tried to tell us that we would basically be fishing with dynamite if we used them. Unfortunately, we might as well have been fishing in a rain puddle!
1. The Helicopter Lure
How could you go wrong using a bait that had the great Roland Martin himself endorsing it? Well, if you bought this thing, you quickly learned that things aren’t always what they seem.
On top of the fact that I have yet to see a bait fish that looks anything like a helicopter, you had the added bonus of legendaryamounts of line twist. One cast and retrieve with this work of art had your line in the perfect position to generate a fantastic bird’s nest in just about any reel you choose.
This is probably my favorite of all the gimmicks. As a fun side note, I couldn’t find a single B.A.S.S. tournament that has been won using this revolutionary bait.
Perhaps it was just ahead of it’s time.
2. Lighted Lures
These things have been around for a very long time. I remember being somewhere in the neighborhood of 12 years old and seeing infomercials for these little beauties.
They are built with flashing LED lights inside of them, that are supposed to attract fish, especially in low light conditions.
I think they would be better suited to attracting a bass if they were into late night dance parties. I have yet to find any evidence that bass like to attend raves, so you are better off not bringing this one on the boat.
That is of course unless the fishing dies off, and you need something to provide you Disco Ball style entertainment.
3. The Banjo Minnow
Bill Dance was telling me that it would help me catch more and bigger fish, and the infomercial said it was the only fishing system I would ever need. Did I mention I was only 12?
The premise seemed pretty strong. Fish are genetically programmed to attack and feed on dying fish. The Banjo Minnow looked just like a wounded or dying bait fish, so the fish had no choice but to attack the bait. Did I mention I was only 12?
To be fair, I did catch my first bass on the Banjo minnow, and I can still remember how exciting that was. I felt like I had discovered a secret that no one else on the lake had, and they were all suckers for it!
Did I mention I was only 12? Ok good, just checking!
4. The Aviva Fishin’ Buddy
I don’t know if this counts completely as a gimmick, or more as just a way to keep the kids entertained while you get your fishing time in.
Well, they probably aren’t going to catch a dang thing with a remote controlled boat, but at least they have something to do while you are in pursuit of your next trophy fish. Just make sure they don’t make everyone else on the lake mad by running the boat over their lines!
Did I miss any cool gimmicks that need to be on the list? Where you like me, and did you fall for one or more of them?
We would really love to hear your thoughts in the comments!
See ya on the water…
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