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 Spro BBZ-1 Rat 50, The Alpha Rodent

IMG_2751Our site is about fish—the pursuit of fish and the appreciation of fish. We take pictures of fish, videos of fish, and write about fish.

Today, we are talking about rats. Specifically, the Spro BBZ-1 Rat.

Winner of “Best New Hardbait” at ICAST 2014 and designed by Bill Siemantel, Spro pro-staffer, lure designer and famed big bass hunter; this bait brings together all his experience in one fish catching package.

We have been using rats—well, rat imitations—on the west coast for a number of years. Unfortunately they have been, up to this point, expensive, hand crafted, and difficult to find.

The BBZ-1 Rat 50 has broken the rules for a lure like this. It retails for a very reasonable $30 with two additional sizes that debuted at ICAST 2015 that will be less than the 50 size.

For the time being, we’re going to focus on the 50 and take a look at the spec’s for this bait. [Read more…]