UPCOMING EVENT: T-H Marine BFL - 2019 - Potomac River

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Top Picks From ICAST

Top Picks From ICAST
Gene Larew Wheeler’s Punch Out Craw.

A few days of walking the floor at ICAST is enough to exhaust a body, but it isn’t enough to know exactly what’s worthwhile. For that, you need some time to reflect and probably a few tournament seasons to fly by to see what rises up. After a weekend of driving and fishing, I can’t claim to know what’s going to be the next Curado or Wiggle Wart, but I can at least tell you what stuck with me.

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Nichols Lures Magnum Swimbait Head.

Nichols Lures Magnum Swimbait Head

The Magnum Swimbait Head has been out in the wild since early summer, but I hadn’t seen it in action or up close until ICAST. It is built around an 8/0 Mustad hook and the ability to secure a swimbait with broken off toothpicks instead of glue. After seeing it in action, I think it is genius and I’d love to see the concept tried on a smaller scale for some non-giant applications.

You can get the Magnum Swimbait Head in 3/4- and 1-ounce sizes and they sell for $6.49 for a 2-pack. NicholsLures.com

 

Greenfish Tackle Shin Spin Kami.

Greenfish Tackle Shin Spin Kami

Greenfish Tackle built the Shin Spin Kami off the already successful Shin Spin head. As you might have guessed from the name, Shin Fukae had a hand in designing it, and word is that he caught a lot of key fish offshore on it en route to his 11th-place FLW Tour AOY finish in 2015. Subtle spinners have been gaining ground very quickly in bass fishing and combining that trend with hair seems like a really good idea.

The Shin Spin Kami comes in five colors and ranges from 3/8 to 1 ounce. It will be available in late August and sells for $10.99. GreenfishTackle.com

 

SpoolTek Lures Pro Series 4-Inch Fatty.

SpoolTek Lures Pro Series 4-Inch Fatty

SpoolTek swimbaits have been around for a while now and the 4-inch version introduced at ICAST that might be the ticket for someone curious about the technology, but unsure about tossing a 6-inch bait in their local waters.

The bait is made of a hard plastic head with a replaceable soft plastic tail, and the deployable hook and leader system is built into the head. A medium-strength jerk will pull the hook and cable out to keep the leverage the fish can get during the fight to a minimum. The theory behind the bait is the same as a line-thru, but it should be a little more durable and the connection point on top might help keep the whole system more inline than on some other big swimbaits.

The 4-inch Fatty costs $14.99, comes in 12 colors, is packaged with a replacement tail and should be available in just a few weeks. SpoolTekLures.com

 

Gene Larew Wheeler's Punch Out Craw.

Gene Larew Wheeler’s Punch Out Craw

Sometimes stuff just looks good. Wheeler’s Punch Out Craw isn’t wildly different from a typical craw or punch bait, but it seems like a really sweet size to me and I dig the ability to pick it apart and make a few different baits. If you flipped it all in one without separating the claws you would likely be giving the fish a look they haven’t seen before. The same is probably true if you pull off the claws and turn it into a very subtle Berkley Havoc Devil Spear type bait.

Wheeler’s Punch Out Craw is 3 3/4-inches long, available in 12 colors and $5.49 will get you eight craws. You should be able to get your hands on them the first of November.  GeneLarew.com

 

Z-Man RaZor ShadZ.

Z-Man RaZor ShadZ

One of the great pairings in fishing over the last few years has been a ChatterBait and a Lake Fork Live Magic Shad. Now, Z-Man has an in-house answer that could be an all-time great ChatterBait trailer too. The RaZor ShadZ is obviously inspired by the Magic Shad – the big design difference is that the tail on the Razor ShadZ is vertical like a fish and the tail on the Magic Shad is horizontal like a dolphin. You can’t know until you fish it, but the orientation of the tail could turn out to be the difference between a dud and an exceptional producer.

The other difference is the plastic – the RaZor ShadZ is made of the extremely durable ElaZtech. The prospect of gluing your trailer on to start the day and getting multiple limits of bass in the boat without changing is a very appealing one.

The RaZor ShadZ is 4 1/2-inches long and a 4-pack sells for $4.99. They are likely to be available around the beginning of September. ZManFishing.com

 

Strike King KVD Perfect Plastic Bull Worm.

Strike King KVD Perfect Plastic Bull Worm

The Bull Worm is pretty hawg. Measuring a solid 10-inches, it is basically a really up-sized trick worm. It isn’t the first big straight-tailed worm on the market, but it sure looks good in person and it has the familiar softness and coffee scent that denote it as a Strike King bait. I’m not sure that Michael Wooley had the Bull Worm in his arsenal when he won on Chickamauga, but I bet it would have really caught them with it there. Regardless, the Bull Worm seems headed for success on big shaky heads and Texas rigs on the Tennessee River ledges.

Bull Worms will cost $5.99 for a 6-pack and come in 10 colors. It is available now. StrikeKing.com

 

Jackall ChunkCraw.

Jackall ChunkCraw

This is another bait that falls in the “it just looks good” category. With plenty of arms and some interestingly fat and then thin curling tails, the ChunkCraw has a little bit of everything going on. Seen in silhouette, it looks remarkably like a crayfish, and it has the right thickness to flip or just throw on a Texas rig. The ChunkCraw also appears to be very customizable, so if you don’t like it you can probably change it.

You can pick up a pack of ChunkCraws for $4.99. The 3 1/2-inch version comes in a 6-pack and the 4-inch version comes in a 5-pack. The Chunk Craw will be available in August. Jackall-Lures.com

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Grover Grabs Clear Lake Title

Grover Grabs Clear Lake Title

Clear Lake is always a fun place to fish, but wind, rain and cooler temperatures made things tough for the second stop of the Costa FLW Series Western Division event presented by Ranger Boats, and the famed fishery wasn't as kind as it can be with many pros struggling as the week went on. Kyle Grover, on the other hand, only got better as the tournament progressed. READ MORE »

Top 5 Patterns from Clear Lake Day 2

Top 5 Patterns from Clear Lake Day 2

Drop-shotting tules was the main pattern for Uribe and knowing how to reach the fish made all the difference. Adjusting to the conditions was definitely key on day two, and no doubt the rest of the top pros had to go with the flow to stay in sight of the title. READ MORE »

Uribe in Charge on Clear Lake

Uribe in Charge on Clear Lake

When weather woes nixed Joe Uribe Jr.’s initial objective, the resilient angler from Surprise, Ariz., refocused his effort and sacked up a limit of 19 pounds, 5 ounces to take over the lead on day two of the Costa FLW Series Western Division event presented by Ranger Boats and hosted by Konocti Vista Casino Resort & Marina with a total weight of 41-13. READ MORE »

Clear Lake Midday Update – Day 2

Clear Lake Midday Update – Day 2

Clear Lake was in a foul, foul mood this morning for the second day’s launch of the Costa FLW Series Western Division event, which is presented by Ranger Boats and hosted by Konocti Vista Casino Resort & Marina. Absent was the drizzly rain of yesterday, but the tradeoff was a 15- to 20-mph northwest wind that turned the lake into a washing machine. READ MORE »

Top 5 Patterns from Clear Lake Day 1

Top 5 Patterns from Clear Lake Day 1

Lane Olson of Forest Grove, Ore., benefitted from a double dose of Clear Lake kickers when he found the right set of docks in a major spawning bay. Finesse baits did the trick up shallow for the day one leader at the Costa FLW Series Western Division event presented by Ranger Boats. Other slow presentations served his brief offshore work. Handling the day’s weather challenges was a big part of Olson’s success.  Here are the details of the rest of the top five. READ MORE »

Olson Out in Front at Clear Lake

Olson Out in Front at Clear Lake

Lane Olson of Forest Grove, Ore., was able to separate himself from the pack on day one of the Costa FLW Series Western Division event presented by Ranger Boats with a five-bass limit weighing 25 pounds. One of four anglers to crack 20 pounds, Olson leads second-place pro Joe Uribe Jr. by 2 1/2 pounds. The rest of the top 20 are packed together with just a few pounds separating them.  READ MORE »

Clear Lake Midday Update – Day 1

Clear Lake Midday Update – Day 1

The weather system pushing through northern California brought dreary, drizzly conditions interspersed with occasional steady spells of light rain for day one of the Costa FLW Series Western Division event, which is presented by ranger Boats and hosted by Konocti Vista Casino Resort & Marina. The sun made only a few peeking appearances, but there were several bright spots in the morning’s activity. READ MORE »

South Laurel Wins KHSAA Championship on Kentucky

South Laurel Wins KHSAA Championship on Kentucky

The South Laurel High School team of Shawn Coots and Trent Keltner weighed 19 pounds, 9 ounces on day one and 13-4 on day two for a 32-13 total and the win in the 2019 Kentucky High School Athletic Association (KHSAA) State Bass Fishing Championship on Kentucky Lake. READ MORE »

Manson Nets Third Win

Manson Nets Third Win

Scott Manson of Covington, Ohio, brought five bass to the scale Saturday weighing 13 pounds, 4 ounces, to take top honors at the T-H Marine FLW Bass Fishing League (BFL) Buckeye Division opener on Grand Lake-St. Mary’s presented by Navionics. For his efforts, Manson netted $4,046. READ MORE »

Herron, Rutland tie on Lay Lake

Herron, Rutland tie on Lay Lake

Dusty Herron of Alabaster, Alabama, and Chris Rutland of Wetumpka, Alabama, each caught five bass Saturday weighing 16 pounds even to tie for the win at the T-H Marine FLW Bass Fishing League (BFL) Bama Division tournament on Lay Lake. After contingency awards, Rutland earned $3,435, while Herron took home $2,435. READ MORE »

Shad Spawn Takes Elrod to Top

Shad Spawn Takes Elrod to Top

Bryan Elrod of Mechanicsville, Virginia, won the T-H Marine FLW Bass Fishing League (BFL) Piedmont Division tournament on Smith Mountain Lake presented by Navionics Saturday with five bass weighing 17 pounds, 1 ounce. For his efforts, Elrod pocketed $3,766. READ MORE »

Burroughs Dials Blueback Spawn

Burroughs Dials Blueback Spawn

Jason Burroughs of Hodges, South Carolina, brought five bass to the scale Saturday weighing 16 pounds even win the T-H Marine FLW Bass Fishing League (BFL) Savannah River Division tournament on Lake Hartwell. For his efforts, Burroughs was awarded $3,572. READ MORE »

Wagner Makes it a Dozen

Wagner Makes it a Dozen

Adam Wagner of Cookeville, Tennessee, brought five bass to the scale Saturday weighing 18 pounds, 10 ounces, to win the T-H Marine FLW Bass Fishing League (BFL) Music City Division tournament on Tims Ford Lake. Wagner took home $4,013 for his efforts. READ MORE »

Cup Bubble Boys Before Champlain

Cup Bubble Boys Before Champlain

With just one event left in the FLW Tour season, time is almost out to qualify for the FLW Cup, which will be held August 9-11 on Lake Hamilton. The last event at Lake Chickamauga produced plenty of shakeup in the races for Angler of the Year and Polaris FLW Tour Rookie of the Year, and it also set everyone up for the final push to the Cup. READ MORE »

Table Rock Midday Update – Day 3

Table Rock Midday Update – Day 3

With just one keeper from his three primary pockets, leader Jake Morris might have left the door open on the final day of the Costa FLW Series Central Division tournament at Table Rock Lake. His frog pattern might be fizzling out due to clear water and changing conditions. READ MORE »

Olliverson Triumphs on Table Rock

Olliverson Triumphs on Table Rock

Missouri pro Eric Olliverson came back from fourth place on the final day to unseat Jake Morris and company and win the Costa FLW Series Central Division event presented by Power-Pole on Table Rock Lake. Olliverson’s 16-pound, 8-ounce bag on the final day gave him 46-3 for the tournament and the win by just 5 ounces over Dakota Ebare. READ MORE »

Top 5 Patterns from Table Rock – Day 2

Top 5 Patterns from Table Rock – Day 2

A few spawning bass are making their way to the scale in the top pros' bags, but most of the consistent action has come flipping or fishing topwater for largemouths, smallmouths and spotted bass at Table Rock. READ MORE »

Morris Still Rocking Table Rock

Morris Still Rocking Table Rock

Jake Morris of McKee, Ky., continues to lead the Costa FLW Series Central Division event at Table Rock Lake. Morris, who won the season opener at Kentucky Lake, has a two-day total of 32 pounds, 7 ounces. READ MORE »

Table Rock Midday Update – Day 1

Table Rock Midday Update – Day 1

Catching fish is hardly the problem right now at stop No. 2 of the Costa FLW Series Central Division at Table Rock Lake. It seemed like every pro our on-the-water crew pulled up on today, be it on the lower end or up the rivers, was setting the hook with reckless abandon. Unfortunately, the quality has been extremely lacking. READ MORE »

Top 5 Patterns from Table Rock – Day 1

Top 5 Patterns from Table Rock – Day 1

The vast majority of the field was able to scrounge up limits between 10 and 13 pounds, but getting over the 13-pound mark has been a challenge at the Costa FLW Series Central Division event, which is presented by Power-Pole and hosted by Explore Branson. READ MORE »