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When Bassmaster Elite Series phenom Brandon Palaniuk needs a lure that crashes into cover and provokes reaction strikes, he turns to the Arashi Rattling Square line of lures. Storm Arashi Rattling Square 3 and Square 5
43 Views - Posted: Yesterday at 9:00 am

After a day of prefishing in late May for a Bassmaster Open on Tennessee’s Douglas Lake, one of the tour’s up-and-coming bass pros was eager to talk about a crankbait he used on his way to finishing 14th this year in this year’s Bassmaster Classic.


This chunky bass was caught recently on Mister Twisterís new Magnum Sin-Sation. Mister Twisterís Magnum Sin-Sation
122 Views - Posted: June 23 at 9:00 am

What soft-plastic creature bait has an oversized, curved, a wide tail, an hour glass-shaped body lined with air pockets and distinctive wings that remind so many veteran bass anglers of a popular Mister Twister soft plastic first introduced in 1976?


The Elite 8 has all the fish-catching qualities of the Rogue, but itís designed to get deep quick. Smithwick Elite 8 Suspending Rogue
323 Views - Posted: May 27 at 9:00 am

It wasn’t too long ago that the Elite 8, the eight best college basketball teams in the country playing in the NCAA’s “Big Dance,” were thrilling fans and television audiences in a hopeful waltz to the Final Four and, ultimately, to the title game at the center of every bracket in the U.S.


The lips on the Scatter line of Rapala crankbaits give the lures action that drives bass to bite. Two new standout crankbaits
257 Views - Posted: April 24 at 9:00 am

A proven Rapala crankbait moved to the forefront of bass fishing on the biggest stage when it helped produce the 2014 Bassmaster Classic champion three months ago in Alabama.


The Yamamoto Chikara is designed to run true right out of the box, and the attention to details ó right down to the eyes ó is stunning. Chikara crankbaits
229 Views - Posted: March 25 at 9:00 am

Bass fishermen are tying on a hot product from Gary Yamamoto Custom Baits. Surprisingly, it isn’t a soft plastic like the ever-popular Senko. In fact, it’s a hard bait with an attitude.


Bassmaster pro Dennis Tietje said a soft-plastic crawfish is a universal bass catcher. You canít beat crawfish
321 Views - Posted: February 25 at 9:00 am

A Louisiana bass fishing pro getting ready for his fifth season on the Bassmaster Elite Series tournament trail said there’s no question about one of the artificial lures he’ll nearly always be throwing when the bass and the money are on the line in 2014.

“I mean, everybody pretty much knows it’s going to be a crawfish,” Dennis Tietje said.

Tietje had just returned from his deer-hunting camp during the holidays and obliged a question about one of the favorite artificial lures in his tacklebox, a confidence bait.

“I’m going to keep three baits on no matter what — a small crankbait (red KVD Square Bill), a (Strike King) Rage Craw and a small (Strike King) spinnerbait,” the angler from Roanoke said. “Even though I may not rely (full-time) on the soft plastic, I tend to throw some type of crawfish bait 60- to 70-percent of the time.”


The Lunkerhunt Lunker Frog and Pocket Frog are designed to look and act like real frogs. Lunker Frog
253 Views - Posted: January 27 at 9:00 am

There is a soft-plastic frog so lifelike in detail that the legs possess a kicking motion no self-respecting bass can resist, a soft-plastic frog that captures the confidence of bass anglers everywhere and also reigns supreme as the ICAST Best Soft Lure of 2013.


The Vortex Shad comes in dual colors and a big V-shaped tail that wobbles, driving fish crazy. The Vortex Shad
422 Views - Posted: December 24, 2013 at 9:00 am

A veteran saltwater fishing guide who says he fishes with soft plastics 99 percent of the year always reaches for a bag of soft plastics he has the utmost confidence in when he’s out on the water.


One of the coolest features about the Fat Boy is that it can be walked under the surface ó and that drives big trout crazy. The Fat Boy
411 Views - Posted: November 22, 2013 at 9:00 am

Paul Brown’s Fat Boys are still kicking, slowly twitching underwater, tantalizing and catching saltwater fish after the proven soft plastic was bought in the late 2000s.


The Flipín OUT will tempt big bass, as some tournament anglers testing prototypes learned. Mister Twister Flipín OUT
522 Views - Posted: September 23, 2013 at 9:00 am

The Mister Twister Flip’n OUT, the latest in soft plastic creature baits, were scheduled to go on the market the first week of August.


Bass Kandiís Croaker is the latest in the fake frog offerings. Bass Kandi Croaker
346 Views - Posted: August 29, 2013 at 9:00 am

With the very large number of plastic frogs on the racks and shelves for bass fishermen to choose from, who would’ve thunk to add another one to the mix?


The Arbogast Buzz Plug has fish-catching abilities despite itís strange ó OK, plain ugly ó look. Arbogast Buzz Plug
417 Views - Posted: July 30, 2013 at 9:00 am
Just when you thought you might, just might have seen it all as far as artificial lures designed to fool bass, well ó you know what they said about just when you thought it was safe to go back in the water.

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