UPCOMING EVENT: TOYOTA SERIES - 2020 - Lake Erie

7 Terrific Topwater Baits

7 Terrific Topwater Baits
Combine a jointed jighead design with a buzzbait and you get Strike King’s Swinging Sugar Buzz. The jointed design helps keep head-thrashing fish hooked and gives the Sugar Buzz maximum vibrating action. It’s a single-blade buzzbait that comes in 1/4, 3/8 and 1/2 ounce. StrikeKing.com

If you don’t like fishing topwater, just give up fishing already. These seven new baits will help you get your surface-fishing fix next season.

Read about 10 New Frogs and Toads here.

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Storm has gotten into the big walking bait market with its Arashi Top Walker. The bait comes in two sizes - 4 1/4 inches, 3/4 ounce; 5 1/8 inches, 1 1/8 ounce - with three hooks and four ball bearings. The bearings are different sizes for a unique

Storm Arashi Top Walker

Storm has gotten into the big walking bait market with its Arashi Top Walker. The bait comes in two sizes – 4 1/4 inches, 3/4 ounce; 5 1/8 inches, 1 1/8 ounce – with three hooks and four ball bearings. The bearings are different sizes for a unique “variable pitch” sound. Storm designed the Top Walker with somewhat flat sides, which the company says allow it to walk without rolling so that the hooks stay down where they can do their jobs. It comes in 10 colors. Rapala.com

 

It's a walker, it's a wobbler and it's a clacker - the Walking Boss Part II is a hybrid bait that can do it all thanks to a jointed hard-plastic body and a cupped mouth reminiscent of the classic Arbogast Jitterbug. The bait is 5 inches long and heavy enough to cast a mile, plus it features Livingston's sound-emitting technology. Price is $17.99. It comes in about a dozen colors. LivingstonLures.com

Livingston Walking Boss Part II

It’s a walker, it’s a wobbler and it’s a clacker – the Walking Boss Part II is a hybrid bait that can do it all thanks to a jointed hard-plastic body and a cupped mouth reminiscent of the classic Arbogast Jitterbug. The bait is 5 inches long and heavy enough to cast a mile, plus it features Livingston’s sound-emitting technology. Price is $17.99. It comes in about a dozen colors. LivingstonLures.com

 

The BBZ-1 Rat isn't entirely new, but this season SPRO released a couple of

SPRO BBZ-1 Rat Nos. 30 and 40

The BBZ-1 Rat isn’t entirely new, but this season SPRO released a couple of “gateway” models of the bait that are small enough to ease folks who might still be a little reluctant to fish with big baits into the rat bait world. The No. 40 is 7 inches from nose to the tip of the tail with a 4-inch body. It weighs 1 ounce. The No. 30 is an inch shorter in both overall length and body length and weighs 1/2 ounce. The best part is that you can cast either size on ordinary jig, cranking or topwater rods. SPRO.com

 

Combine a jointed jighead design with a buzzbait and you get Strike King's Swinging Sugar Buzz. The jointed design helps keep head-thrashing fish hooked and gives the Sugar Buzz maximum vibrating action. It's a single-blade buzzbait that comes in 1/4, 3/8 and 1/2 ounce. StrikeKing.com

Strike King Swinging Sugar Buzz

Combine a jointed jighead design with a buzzbait and you get Strike King’s Swinging Sugar Buzz. The jointed design helps keep head-thrashing fish hooked and gives the Sugar Buzz maximum vibrating action. It’s a single-blade buzzbait that comes in 1/4, 3/8 and 1/2 ounce. StrikeKing.com

 

Probably the most interesting feature of the Megabass i-Jack wake bait is its pendulum-mounted one-knocker rattle. The rattle ball is attached to a flat, hinged piece of metal that swings side-to-side as the bait wobbles. Megabass says that this creates a very consistent knocking sound. The bait weighs 1 ounce and is a hair shy of 4 1/4 inches long. It's a good

Megabass i-Jack

Probably the most interesting feature of the Megabass i-Jack wake bait is its pendulum-mounted one-knocker rattle. The rattle ball is attached to a flat, hinged piece of metal that swings side-to-side as the bait wobbles. Megabass says that this creates a very consistent knocking sound. The bait weighs 1 ounce and is a hair shy of 4 1/4 inches long. It’s a good “in-between” size of wake bait that’s smaller than most jointed models but bigger than most round-body wake baits. With a pointed tail and shad-shaped body, the i-Jack wobbles and rolls when in motion, according to the video the company showed off in its booth. It costs about $20 and comes in five colors. MegaBassUSA.com

 

There are quite a few pencil poppers at ICAST this year, but this model from DUO Realis is the most unique. Available in 110mm and 148mm models, the Pencil Popper has an extremely durable internal structure that eliminates

DUO Realis Pencil Popper

There are quite a few pencil poppers at ICAST this year, but this model from DUO Realis is the most unique. Available in 110mm and 148mm models, the Pencil Popper has an extremely durable internal structure that eliminates “crush zones” so that it can be fished for salwater species, powerful freshwater predators and cool exotics such as peacock bass that can destroy lesser topwaters. On the bigger model, a single knocker slides back and forth against two metal balls in the tail, and the belly hook hanger swivels to help keep fish buttoned up. The smaller model is silent but has a clever internal wire hook-hanger system that won’t ever pull free. DUO designed the bait with a cool curved shape so that it floats tail-down, giving it an up-and-down tail action whether it’s chugging or walking. Twelve colors are available. Cost is about $16. duo-inc.co.jp/bass/en/realis/

 

New to the prop-bait market is the HeliPs Grande, a bream-imitating compact bait that should cast farther than balsa models and will last longer too. The sides slope down to create somewhat of a triangular body shape in cross-section. Five colors are available. It costs $16.99. 

This year, ima also released new sizes of two popular topwater baits. The Little Stik is the little brother of the Big Stik. It's a 1-ounce pencil popper that is 135mm long. The Skimmer Grande is a walking bait that's about 1/2 inch longer than the original Skimmer. imaLures.com

ima HeliPs Grande

New to the prop-bait market is the HeliPs Grande, a bream-imitating compact bait that should cast farther than balsa models and will last longer too. The sides slope down to create somewhat of a triangular body shape in cross-section. Five colors are available. It costs $16.99.

This year, ima also released new sizes of two popular topwater baits. The Little Stik is the little brother of the Big Stik. It’s a 1-ounce pencil popper that is 135mm long. The Skimmer Grande is a walking bait that’s about 1/2 inch longer than the original Skimmer. imaLures.com

 

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Pirowski Flips for Potomac Title

Pirowski Flips for Potomac Title

Boater Alex Pirowski of Occoquan, Virginia, brought a five-bass limit to the scale Saturday weighing 17 pounds, 3 ounces to win the 2020 Phoenix Bass Fishing League presented by T-H Marine event at the Potomac River in Marbury, Maryland. For his victory, Pirowski earned a total of $5,337. READ MORE »

Richmond Wins on Ouachita

Richmond Wins on Ouachita

Boater Russell Richmond of Sheridan, Arkansas, brought three bass to the scale Saturday totaling 11 pounds, 5 ounces to win the 2020 Phoenix Bass Fishing League presented by T-H Marine event at Lake Ouachita in Mount Ida, Arkansas. Richmond topped his nearest competitor, Stephen Browning of Hot Springs, Arkansas, by 1-pound, 1-ounce and earned $4,394 for his victory. READ MORE »

McClain, Drake Take Hoosier Double-Header

McClain, Drake Take Hoosier Double-Header

It was a double-header for bass anglers this past weekend in Bloomington with the Phoenix Bass Fishing League presented by T-H Marine on Lake Monroe events presented by Fish-Intel. FLW, the world’s largest tournament-fishing organization, rescheduled the events after the coronavirus pandemic forced the organization to pause competition in mid-March. READ MORE »

Okie Double-Header on Arkansas River

Okie Double-Header on Arkansas River

It was a double-header for bass anglers this past weekend in Muskogee with the Phoenix Bass Fishing League presented by T-H Marine on the Arkansas River events. FLW, the world’s largest tournament-fishing organization, rescheduled the events after the coronavirus pandemic forced the organization to pause competition in mid-March. READ MORE »

Losee, Tweite Close out High School Championship

Losee, Tweite Close out High School Championship

The Riceville (Iowa) High School team of Lawson Losee and Kooper Tweite won the 2020 Student Angler Federation High School Fishing National Championship on the Mississippi River out of La Crosse, Wis., with a three-day (three bass per day) total weight of 30 pounds, 4 ounces. Losee and Tweite topped 194 of the top high school teams in the country. READ MORE »

It’s All Wheeler on Chickamauga

It’s All Wheeler on Chickamauga

You’re not going to find a bass angler on a hotter streak right now than Tennessee’s Jacob Wheeler. Prior to this week, the 29-year-old pro had won five multiple-day tournaments since the start of the 2019 season. Today, the No. 1 ranked angler in the world added a sixth victory to his impressive run by dominating the first-ever Tackle Warehouse Pro Circuit Super Tournament on Lake Chickamauga. Wheeler’s four-day total of 93 pounds, 12 ounces earned him the win by a margin of more than 11 pounds. READ MORE »

Lake Chickamauga Day 4 Coverage

Lake Chickamauga Day 4 Coverage

Complete coverage from the Tackle Warehouse Pro Circuit Super Tournament at Lake Chickamauga June 23-26, 2020. READ MORE »

Losee, Tweite Take Over High School Lead

Losee, Tweite Take Over High School Lead

Lawson Losee and Kooper Tweite of Riceville High School in Riceville, Iowa, have the lead going into the final day of the Student Angler Federation High School Fishing National Championship on the Mississippi River near La Crosse, Wis. Their two-day total of 19 pounds, 2 ounces (three-fish limit per day) has Losee and Tweite 1 pound, 1 ounce ahead of the second-place team. The top 10 teams compete tomorrow for the title.  READ MORE »

Wheeler Crushes 25-12 to Retake Lead

Wheeler Crushes 25-12 to Retake Lead

Day three of the Tackle Warehouse Pro Circuit Super Tournament was another banner day on Chickamauga, but it was a really stupendous day for Jacob Wheeler. Weighing 25-12 with a 10-pounder for a 72-6 total, Wheeler cruised back into the lead with no problem. Heading into the final day, Wheeler has a 4-13 edge over Jason Reyes, who weighed 17-11 and dropped to second with a 62-3 total. READ MORE »

Lake Chickamauga Day 3 Coverage

Lake Chickamauga Day 3 Coverage

Complete coverage from the Tackle Warehouse Pro Circuit Super Tournament at Lake Chickamauga June 23-26, 2020. READ MORE »

Mains, Chapman Lead High School Championship

Mains, Chapman Lead High School Championship

Legacy Christian Academy (Lenexa, Kan.) anglers Ryder Mains and Mason Chapman have the early lead at the Student Angler Federation High School Fishing National Championship on the Mississippi River in La Crosse, Wis. With a three-fish limit worth 11 pounds, 11 ounces, Mains and Chapman lead the second-place team by 1 pound, 9 ounces.  READ MORE »

Reyes Surges Ahead

Reyes Surges Ahead

The big fish bit on day two of the Tackle Warehouse Pro Circuit Super Tournament on Lake Chickamauga. While the first day featured plenty of good fishing, both Jason Reyes and Cole Floyd caught bags that crossed the 25-pound mark on day two. Weighing 27 pounds, 4 ounces, Reyes surged into the lead with a 49-14 total. READ MORE »

High School Championship Under Way at La Crosse

High School Championship Under Way at La Crosse

La Crosse, Wis., has been inundated with bass boats this past week as young anglers pre-fished and boat drivers got them into casting position on the mighty Mississippi for the FLW High School Fishing presented by Favorite National Championship. This three-day lure-slinging event, June 24-26, 2020, is likely to showcase this area’s amazing bass fishery, as well the diversity of techniques that can be used to catch them in early summer.  READ MORE »

Lake Chickamauga Day 2 Coverage

Lake Chickamauga Day 2 Coverage

Complete coverage from the Tackle Warehouse Pro Circuit Super Tournament at Lake Chickamauga June 23-26, 2020. READ MORE »

Wheeler leads with 24-9 on Chick

Wheeler leads with 24-9 on Chick

Day one of the Tackle Warehouse Pro Circuit Super Tournament on Lake Chickamauga featured good fishing with a lot of pressure put on the offshore fish. Making the most of his local knowledge, Jacob Wheeler weighed 24 pounds, 9 ounces to take the lead on day one. Behind him, John Cox weighed in 23-6 for second place. READ MORE »

Lake Chickamauga Day 1 Coverage

Lake Chickamauga Day 1 Coverage

Complete coverage from the Tackle Warehouse Pro Circuit Super Tournament at Lake Chickamauga June 23-26, 2020. READ MORE »

FLW Live Leaderboard - Lake Chickamauga

FLW Live Leaderboard - Lake Chickamauga

FLW marshals and media staff provide unofficial weight estimates for the fourth stop of the 2020 Tackle Warehouse Pro Circuit at Lake Martin. READ MORE »

Several Patterns in Play at Ouachita BFL

Several Patterns in Play at Ouachita BFL

FLW has a long history of hosting multiple-day summertime tournaments on Lake Ouachita, where pros have to grind it out for three days in what are usually tough conditions. On June 27, when the Phoenix Bass Fishing League presented by T-H Marine Arkie Division takes to Ouachita, the Natural State’s best bass anglers will need to game plan a little differently. With only one day to fish and a three-bass limit, they’ll have to swing for the fences with big-bass patterns to have a shot at winning. READ MORE »

HS Championship Will be a Frog-Fest

HS Championship Will be a Frog-Fest

If you wanted to design the perfect frog-fishing tournament, you might host it at Guntersville or the Cal Delta, but you could also copy the agenda for the Student Angler Federation High School Fishing National Championship on the Mississippi River out of La Crosse, Wis. READ MORE »

Dixon, Houchin Win on Dardanelle

Dixon, Houchin Win on Dardanelle

Boater Wayne Dixon of Morrilton, Arkansas, brought three bass to the scale totaling 10 pounds, 11 ounces to win Saturday’s event and earn $5,127, but Mabelvale’s Quincy Houchin was the big winner on the weekend. Houchin finished second Saturday – good for $3,139 – then backed it up with a win on Sunday, which earned him the top prize of $12,309, including the lucrative $7,000 FLW PHOENIX Bonus contingency award. READ MORE »