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The new Arashi Wake Crank provides an alluring wobble right at the surface of the water, driving bass into biting. Arashi Wake Crank a bass magnet  Video Included
86 Views - Posted: November 23 at 9:00 am

An Idaho outdoorsman had plenty of time to talk about some keys to his success this year as an Elite Series angler as part of a four-year career that has earned him $517,632.

Brandon Palaniuk spoke highly the last week of September about techniques and patterns that have been working consistently. The season-ending Elite Series AOY in Michigan was behind him, and Palaniuk was driving to another event on Kentucky Lake before going home for the off-season in the Great Northwest.

During the call, Palaniuk eventually mentioned a recently released artificial lure that he helped design. That lure was a key to catching bass in clutch situations across the country.

The Storm Arashi Wake Crank has become one of his go-to baits.


According to creator Clyde Folse, the scent will remain on the little soft plastic strips for two or three years. The Crappie Psychic
260 Views - Posted: October 23 at 9:00 am

There were days as recently as this summer that a 51-year-old Raceland outdoorsman returned from a sac-a-lait (crappie) fishing trip and removed a secret weapon on his tube jig about a mile from the boat ramp. He did this so no one would get so much as a glimpse of the artificial add-on responsible for putting so many slabs in the ice chest.


Ott DeFoe used a Terminator Weedless Football Jig to win a Bassmaster Open earlier this year. The Terminator Weedless Football Jig
416 Views - Posted: September 22 at 9:00 am

On a hot July day in Knoxville, Tenn., Ott DeFoe was sorting and arranging his fishing tackle while preparing to go fish Bassmaster tournaments at Lake Champlain and the Deleware River.


Gonzales pro Greg Hackney placed sixth at the Bassmaster Elite Series stop at Lake Chickamauga using a Rage Blade. The Rage Blade
385 Views - Posted: August 22 at 9:00 am

An Edisto Island, S.C., artificial lure designer knows first-hand just how good the ChatterBait was when it was born and how good it is now, as it has won more money this year than ever before for pro bass anglers on the FLW and Bassmaster Elite series circuits across the United States.


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
670 Views - Posted: July 24 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
429 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
590 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
498 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
419 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
518 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
408 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
544 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.


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