swimbait

Another Way it Probably Won't be Won

Another Way it Probably Won't be Won

Eleven years ago this month, Alabama’s Steve Kennedy went to California and sent what was then a BASS record with a four day catch that weighed 122 pounds 14 ounces.

Eight years and a month later, California’s Skeet Reese traveled to Alabama and earned his eighth BASS win with 92 pounds 11 ounces.

Things I Have and You Don't -- El Especial

Things I Have and You Don't -- El Especial

For those of us who knew Mike Bucca back when he was “Triton Mike,” a friendly fisherman looking for his place in the industry, it’s a little bit surprising to see him at a boat show, selling his namesake Bull Shad swimbaits. The dude is a rock star – posing for pictures, signing autographs, kissing babies. Watching him at the Richmond Fishing Expo this past Saturday reminded me of my 2007 trip to the Yokohama Tackle Show, where fishing fans lined up 100 deep to shake the hand of Yuki Ito of Megabass.

Too Much of a Good Thing

Too Much of a Good Thing

Shortly after pressing send on my last blog -- which bemoaned the fact that I’d neglected to add some critical items to my Black Friday tackle orders and would now have to pay full price for them – I got a pleasant surprise in the form of a cardboard rod tube from our good friends at Tackle Warehouse.

I Paid Retail (and I'm glad I did) - Step Onto the Ledge

I Paid Retail (and I'm glad I did) - Step Onto the Ledge

I don’t know much about what makes a good swimbait, but to paraphrase Justice Potter Stewart I know one when I fish one. That’s why I’m pretty excited about the heads from Tennessee’s Ledgehead Lures – if my initial experimentation with them is any indication, they’ve got something good going on.

Things I Have and You Don't -- Sixers

Things I Have and You Don't -- Sixers

Back at the end of January, I blogged about how impressed I was with the Zappu Blading Pile Driver, a swimbait hook with a small willowleaf blade that paid big dividends for me on a recent trip to Mexico. I expressed some regret, however, that the largest size I could find was 5/0 – even my typical Japanese enablers on eBay didn’t have anything larger.

I Paid Retail (and I'm glad I did) -- Slingblade

I Paid Retail (and I'm glad I did) -- Slingblade

During our most recent trip to El Salto, the bite changed every day. It wasn’t so much the quality – our group caught fish over 7 pounds, and tons of fives and sixes, every day – as it was the way they reacted. One day you’d have a fantastic topwater experience and the next day, in similar places, under what seemed to be similar conditions, the surface bite would be weak.