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A Few Baits from ICAST On The Water

A Few Baits from ICAST On The Water
Z-Man ChatterBaits

For most, ICAST is largely composed of walking miles of showroom floor to ferret out and handle the latest introductions from each company. ICAST On The Water offers a chance to actually make a few casts with some of the goodies before the main show opens. I headed down to the shores of Lake Toho, made a few casts, sweat a lot and came back with a few early impressions.

 

Bill Lewis Outdoors StutterStep

Bill Lewis Outdoors: StutterStep

The StutterStep came into the show with a lot of buzz, and it’s interesting to see the makers of the legendary Rat-L-Trap build a new topwater. Everyone from Casey Martin to Mark Daniels Jr. is pretty high on the bait, and it looks like it might turn into a winner. The StutterStep can almost walk in place when you twitch it slowly, but it also walks at a pretty usual clip and can wake on a straight retrieve in an interesting manner. In all, it’s certainly worth a look, and just might catch them really good, either as a regular topwater or a different look for when you’re fishing prop baits around bedding bass. The 5-inch StutterStep weighs an ounce. MSRP is $13.99.

The StutterStep in action

 

Z-Man ChatterBaits

Z-Man: two new ChatterBaits

Z-Man is releasing a pretty large number of new products at ICAST, but only two of them are part of the legendary ChatterBait family. The first is the ChatterBait Freedom, which is built from the Project Z blade attached to a Freedom Tackle head. Freedom Tackle has a unique system that lets you essentially use any hook you care to on a weedless jighead, and the idea is that with a trailer on an EWG hook, the ChatterBait Freedom can be almost entirely weedless. Though the blade will still attract some grass, it certainly seems like a good idea. Look for it in six colors in 1/2- and 3/8-ounce sizes for an MSRP of $8.49.

The second new vibrating jig is the Project Z ChatterBait Weedless. Z-Man says that the configuration of the Project Z head and line tie give out the best vibration possible, and it’s joined the weedless trend now with the addition of a brush guard. Though it obviously won’t be immune to grass, the guard should help, particularly around brush or docks where a ChatterBait can be so effective. One nice thing about the brush guard is that it can be thinned or trimmed to your specifications. It’ll be available in six colors in 1/2- and 3/8-ounce sizes for an MSRP of $9.49

 

River2Sea Double Plopper

River2Sea: Double Plopper

The Whopper Plopper has been as hot as anything going so far, and River2Sea plans to take advantage of that with the new Double Plopper. It’s basically a big floating buzzbait, and it sure makes a lovely sound coming through the water. The noise and commotion are probably somewhere between the small Plopper and the more standard and popular 130 size of the Plopper. The Double casts better than a regular buzzbait, but the addition of a trailer will help out a lot. Because of the design and the nature of the plopping parts, it isn’t an extremely weedless bait, but it should come through lighter stuff pretty decently, and it’ll surely be better at getting through grass than the original Whopper Plopper. The Double Plopper comes in 12 colors, is more than 5 inches long and has an MSRP of $16.99, which is the same as the Whopper Plopper.

 

Yo-Zuri Duel Hardcore Ninja Swimmer and the Duel Hardcore Ninja Twitch'n Glider

Yo-Zuri: a pair of swimmies

New from Yo-Zuri this year are the Duel Hardcore Ninja Swimmer and the Duel Hardcore Ninja Twitch’n Glider. The Twitch’n Glider has been out since the spring with limited availability, and I can say it’s absolutely a sweet glide bait. It’s got a lot of similarities to a Roman Made without the wicked-steep price tag. It’s a slow-sinker, and effectively fishes down maybe 3 or 4 feet, depending on how you fish it.

The Swimmer is essentially built on the same body as the Glider, but it’s a floater with a lip. Yo-Zuri says it’ll run down about 4 feet, but it’s going to get a lot more use in the real world as a big wake bait. On that side of things, it’s definitely got a unique action. Both baits are a manageable 7 inches long (you can toss them on a regular or light flipping stick) and will be available in 10 colors at an MSRP of $37.99.

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Matlock Flips Bushes for Title

Matlock Flips Bushes for Title

Tyler Matlock of Omaha, Arkansas, caught 11 pounds, 9 ounces of bass Saturday to win the T-H Marine FLW Bass Fishing League (BFL) Arkie Division tournament on Greers Ferry Lake. For his efforts, Matlock took home $3,205. READ MORE »

Quaintance Makes it Two on Pickwick

Quaintance Makes it Two on Pickwick

Chris Quaintance of Muscle Shoals, Alabama, won the T-H Marine FLW Bass Fishing League (BFL) Mississippi Division tournament on Pickwick Lake Saturday with five bass weighing 21 pounds, 5 ounces. Quaintance netted $4,119 for his victory. READ MORE »

Laufenberg Claims Mighty Miss Title

Laufenberg Claims Mighty Miss Title

Cade Laufenberg of Goodview, Minnesota, won Saturday’s T-H Marine FLW Bass Fishing League (BFL) Great Lakes Division opener on the Mississippi River at La Crosse presented by Navionics with five bass weighing 16 pounds, 7 ounces. For his day on the water, Laufenberg pocketed $4,355. READ MORE »

Chico Wins on Clear

Chico Wins on Clear

The Chico State University duo of Carson Leber of Dixon, California, and Chad Sweitzer of Chico, California, won the YETI FLW College Fishing event on Clear Lake presented by Costa Saturday with a five-bass limit weighing 17 pounds, 9 ounces. The victory earned the Wildcats’ bass club $2,000 and a slot in the 2020 FLW College Fishing National Championship. READ MORE »

Sales Earns Top Spot on Cherokee

Sales Earns Top Spot on Cherokee

Hunter Sales of Blaine, Tennessee, caught five bass Saturday weighing 14 pounds, 12 ounces, to win the T-H Marine FLW Bass Fishing League (BFL) Volunteer Division event on Lake Cherokee. Sales earned $3,455 for his efforts. READ MORE »

Burger Smashes 23-9 on Chesapeake Bay

Burger Smashes 23-9 on Chesapeake Bay

Jason Burger of Bridgeton, New Jersey, won the T-H Marine FLW Bass Fishing League (BFL) Northeast Division opener on the Chesapeake Bay presented by Navionics Saturday with five bass weighing 23 pounds, 9 ounces. For his efforts, Burger pocketed $4,000. READ MORE »

Boehle Runs Shad Spawn, Points for W

Boehle Runs Shad Spawn, Points for W

Adam Boehle of Warrenton, Missouri, caught five bass Saturday weighing 20 pounds, 12 ounces, to win the T-H Marine FLW Bass Fishing League (BFL) tournament on Lake of the Ozarks. Boehle pocketed $4,938 for his win in the event presented by Navionics and 250 points in the Ozark Division presented by Bassing Bob standings. The winner of the division’s Angler of the Year title after five tournaments will win $3,000. READ MORE »

Allman Wins on Wylie

Allman Wins on Wylie

Mike Allman of York, South Carolina, caught five bass Saturday weighing 14 pounds, 7 ounces, to win the T-H Marine FLW Bass Fishing League (BFL) South Carolina Division event on Lake Wylie. Allman earned $2,500 for his efforts. READ MORE »

Lake County Drops 23-9 on Clear Lake

Lake County Drops 23-9 on Clear Lake

The Lake County High School Fishing Club duo of Cooper Goff and Nathan Phillips, both of Kelseyville, California, brought a five-bass limit to the scale Saturday weighing 23 pounds, 9 ounces to win the 2019 Bass Pro Shops FLW High School Fishing Clear Lake Open. READ MORE »

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 »