UPCOMING EVENT: PHOENIX BASS FISHING LEAGUE - 2020 - James River

New Baits from ICAST 2019

New Baits from ICAST 2019

If you clicked on this article hoping to learn about the new trolling motors released at ICAST 2019, they’re not here. But don’t worry because we’ll have a video review of all the motors later this week.

In the meantime, here’s a primer on some of the baits that we thought stood out at the show. It’s not a comprehensive list. Rather, it’s just a taste of what will probably make a splash on the market in the coming months. 

 

Storm Arashi Glide

This 7 1/2-inch-long glide bait already proved its worth last fall when Carl Jocumsen cracked more than 20 pounds with it on the first day of the Costa FLW Series Championship at Lake Guntersville. Now finally released to the public, the Arashi Glide will be a popular option for the big-bait fan. The bait comes with a heavy-duty snap on the nose and cool swiveling hook hangers in the belly. Its tail is replaceable. Other than that, it has all the features of a good glide bait: a slow sink and a stable glide at various retrieve speeds. Storm included a lot of great color patterns to match bass forage across North America, so there’s an option for anyone. It’s also priced right at $34.99. 

Rapala.com

 

Strike King’s Ned Rig Lineup

Ned rigs are hot right now, and there are plenty of new plastics and jigheads at the show this year. Options range from high-dollar tungsten heads to wacky creature-style baits to put on them. Strike King launched a nice collection of new Ned rig options worth checking out. The Ned Ocho is an extension of the popular stick bait that’s fatter in the center and tapers down on each end. Pronounced ribs line the sides. The Rage Ned Bug is a tiny version of one of the better beaver-style baits on the market. And the Ned Cut-R Worm has a stick bait body with a Rage-style single tail. It’ll probably also be a baller drop-shot worm. They cost $5.99 to $6.99 per pack at Tackle Warehouse. Strike King also created the Tour Grade Ned Rig Head. It has a sickle-style hook, wire keeper and a flat disc-shaped head. It stands up well with a variety of plastics, but also creates a bit of wobbling action if you like to slowly wind a bait along bottom. The head comes in 1/16, 1/8 and 3/16 ounce for $4.99 per pack.

StrikeKing.com

 

Bill Lewis MDJ SB-57

Pro angler Mark Daniels Jr. has a new signature-series square-bill crankbait by Bill Lewis, which continues to expand its hard-bait lineup beyond the classic Rat-L-Trap. The new plug is called the MDJ SB-57, and it’s a nicely made bait. To keep the walls thin but maintain a durable body, the designers incorporated a honeycomb internal structure. The circuit board lip is also plenty strong enough to withstand constant abuse against rocks and other cover. Daniels says it dives 4 to 5 feet on 12- to 15-pound-test line. A bunch of good bassy colors are available. The bait sells for $8.99.

Rat-L-Trap.com

 

DUO Realis Spinbait 72 ALPHA

If you’re new to spybaits, you’ll want to start the learning process with the great baits made by DUO Realis, which was the first company to put this finesse hard-bait tactic on bass fishing’s radar. Most of the baits are designed to be fished with light line on spinning tackle. The Spinbait 72 ALPHA can be fished that way, but it’s also heavy enough to chuck on light baitcasting gear. At 1/2 ounce and 2 7/8 inches, the 72 ALPHA occupies a new class among spy baits. It can be fished to nearly 20 feet but gets there fast enough to stay efficient. The other revision to this bait is in its profile. Viewed from the side, the body is much thicker and shorter than previous DUO models for imitating various deep-bodied baitfish. It costs $13.99 at Tackle Warehouse.

DUO-International.com

 

Reaction Innovations Spicy Beaver

The Spicy Beaver is Reaction Innovations’ most versatile iteration of its popular Beaver family of soft baits. The design of the flapping legs was perfected by pro Matt Herren so the feet stay closer together when fished at a fast speed, resulting in a strong thump and a bait that slips through cover easily. The body is a little narrower than the classic Sweet Beaver, and an extra hunk of plastic near the nose helps extend the life of the bait and help it hold securely on straight-shank flipping hooks – a cool little touch. Use it on a wobble head, as a sick swim jig trailer, as a flipping bait or a host of other ways. It costs $4.99 for six at Tackle Warehouse.

ReactionInnovations.com

 

Jenko Fishing Bradley Dortch Trapline Rip Knocker

FLW pro Bradley Dortch wanted to create a new take on the classic rattle bait for fishing grass, so he partnered with Jenko to create the Bradley Dortch Trapline Rip Knocker. It’s a line-thru type lipless bait with a single belly treble. Jenko had to widen the bait and tweak the form to give it the perfect action, and Dortch believes the company nailed it. He says it’s killer for ripping through or over grass and that once a bass is hooked, it stays pinned clear to the net. The bait weighs 5/8 ounce and will cost about $7.99. It comes in 12 colors. 

JenkoFishing.com

 

Z-Man TRD Additions

The Z-Man TRD TicklerZ and TRD BugZ are part of an expansion of the company’s popular line of Ned rig plastics. The TicklerZ has a traditional stick worm body with four tiny wiggly appendages that will probably torment the heck out of a lot of spawning bass next spring. The BugZ has a beaver-style body sized to fit a Ned head. Both are made with Z-Man’s longlasting ElazTech plastic. Each costs $4.49 per pack.

ZManFishing.com

 

SPRO Spin John 80

Here’s another new spy bait joining what’s becoming a crowded market. The Spin John 80 comes in similar color patterns as SPRO’s jerkbait lineup. The company says the swivel in front of the line tie and another between the rear hanger and feathered rear treble help enhance the bait’s “natural shimmy and rolling action” as it falls. More importantly, the swivels should help you land more bass that bite, which is a good thing with this finesse hard bait type. Counter-rotating blades and a unique chin beneath the bait’s nose combine for a little more action than some other spy baits. The bait costs $12.99

SPRO.com

 

Greenfish Tackle Chibi Swim Jig

“Chibi” means tiny or little in Japanese, and that’s the word pro Shin Fukae used to describe his original Greenfish Tackle Chibi Jig and his new Chibi Swim Jig. The latter has a light-wire Gamakatsu offset O’Shaughnessy hook and a very light weedguard. It’s made to fish in open water over grass or around any kind of cover where total snag prevention isn’t a must. The swimmer comes in 5/16, 7/16 and 9/16 ounce and sells for $5.39.

GreenfishTackle.com

 

Berkley Frittside

Flat-sided crankbaits aren’t new, nor is the genesis of this crankbait, but the finished product is an addition to Berkley’s hard-bait lineup. Inspired by David Fritts’ Bassmaster Classic-winning bait, the Frittsidecrankbait comes in three sizes that dive 2 to 5 feet, 5 to 7 feet and 7 to 10 feet. The two bigger models feature weighted bills. All are designed to track straight and true with a moderate action for catching fish in cold water or high-pressure situations. The price is $8.99.

Berkley-Fishing.com

 

Berkley SPY Spinbait

Options for a “standard” and slow-sink version are available in the new Berkley SPY Spinbait. Color schemes are top-knotch, which is important for this finesse technique, and Berkley created a bait that casts well and tracks straight. It’s just another solid option for a popular bait category. $9.99

Berkley-Fishing.com

 

Berkley PowerBait The Deal

How no one else ever created a bait called “The Deal” is a mystery, but here is a brand-new soft-bait offering from Berkley’s PowerBait lineup. The Dealis designed to be a vibrating jig trailer, but it’d work great on a swim jig or possibly as a soft jerkbait. Two ribbon-like tails are stacked on the back of the bait to create a realistic tailfin profile and action. The body has a very fishy profile as well, with a split belly for hook penetration and a solid head to make it easy to rig as a trailer. Price is $4.99 per pack.

Berkley-Fishing.com

 

Berkley PowerBait The Champ Series

The Berkley PowerBait The Champ series of soft baits includes three shapes finished with HD Tru ultra-realistic baitfish images. The Crawis a pretty accurate crawfish imitator. The Jerk Minnowis a soft jerkbait. The Swimmeris a solid-body swimbait. Prices range from $5.99 to $7.99.

Berkley-Fishing.com 

 

Check back for details on more new baits from ICAST. Or comment below about which companies you’d like to hear from. 

 

FLW Live Schedule for the Mississippi River

FLW Live Schedule for the Mississippi River

With just two events left in the Tackle Warehouse Pro Circuit season, it’s time to turn attention to the northern part of the country. Presented by OPTIMA Batteries, the Pro Circuit Super Tournament on the Mississippi River out of Stoddard, Wis., will not only crown a winner with a $125,000 payday but also shape the Angler of the Year race. READ MORE »

Alvin Shaw Withdraws from Remaining Super Tournaments

Alvin Shaw Withdraws from Remaining Super Tournaments

Citing emergency surgery to remove his gall bladder, pro Alvin Shaw announced today that he is withdrawing from the remaining two 2020 Tackle Warehouse Pro Circuit events. Shaw, a 16-year FLW pro, has 15 top-10 finishes and two career victories in FLW competition. READ MORE »

MLF Analyst Marty Stone Joins "FLW Live"

MLF Analyst Marty Stone Joins "FLW Live"

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2nd Place Earns MDJ Bonus Bucks

2nd Place Earns MDJ Bonus Bucks

Major League Fishing pro Mark Daniels Jr. took home $3,000 of Toyota Bonus Bucks thanks to his second-place finish in the final Bass Pro Tour event of the 2020 season. “MDJ” had an extremely close, back-and-forth battle with eventual winner Justin Lucas on Sturgeon Bay before finishing the Championship Round as the runner-up. READ MORE »

Northern Division Returns to Sandusky

Northern Division Returns to Sandusky

FLW, the world’s largest tournament-fishing organization, announced today that the organization will shift its Aug. 18-20 Toyota Series Northern Division event from Lake Champlain in Plattsburgh, New York, to Lake Erie and Sandusky, Ohio. The move was made in response to New York’s expanded travel restrictions associated with the coronavirus pandemic. READ MORE »

Under the Cap: Look Inside Justin Lucas’ Truck

Under the Cap: Look Inside Justin Lucas’ Truck

Although he makes his living fishing on the front deck of his Phoenix boat, MLF pro Justin Lucas spends as much (or more!) time in between competition rounds and Bass Pro Tour events working out of a four-wheeled tackle garage that includes an A.R.E. Z Series truck cap. READ MORE »

BFL Winning Patterns – July 18-19

BFL Winning Patterns – July 18-19

The weekend of July 18 featured eight Phoenix Bass Fishing League presented by T-H Marine events spread across six different divisions. With a pair of double-headers mixed in, it was an action-packed weekend on the water. READ MORE »

Assessing the ROY Race

Assessing the ROY Race

With the final two events of the Tackle Warehouse Pro Circuit regular season slated for the Mississippi River and Sandusky Bay, on Lake Erie, there’s really no candidate that is perfectly suited for both. Because of that, the final two events set up well to test true fishing talent, and it won’t be easy for someone to get on a roll to close it out. READ MORE »

Pro Circuit Events Move to Great Lakes

Pro Circuit Events Move to Great Lakes

FLW, the world’s largest tournament-fishing organization, announced today that the final two Tackle Warehouse Pro Circuit events of 2020 have been moved. The final Tackle Warehouse Pro Circuit Super Tournament scheduled for Aug. 11-14 has been moved to Lake Erie in Sandusky, Ohio, while the Tackle Warehouse TITLE presented by Toyota, scheduled for Aug. 24-29, has been moved to Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin. READ MORE »

Lake Martin TV Show Premieres Tonight

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Cifuentes’ Chickamauga Mayfly Pattern

Cifuentes’ Chickamauga Mayfly Pattern

Adult mayflies only live for about 24 hours out of the water, but during that brief window, they can dramatically affect the prospects of catching a bunch of fish. At the Tackle Warehouse Pro Circuit Super Tournament on Lake Chickamauga, Miles Burghoff based a lot of his success on schools of bass that were related to the mayfly hatch. Joey Cifuentes also keyed on the mayfly hatch, and his strategy provides a great playbook for responding to mayfly hatches in a variety of situations. READ MORE »

Apex Watercraft Funding Next Kayak Venture

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Tackle Warehouse Pro Circuit angler Eric Jackson’s new company Apex Watercraft is setting out to build carbon fiber fishing kayaks that are faster, lighter and just as stable as the competition. Apex Watercraft is currently offering fans the opportunity to back the groundbreaking kayak-building venture on Kickstarter and via their website at apexwatercraft.com.  READ MORE »

ICAST Cup Winners Announced

ICAST Cup Winners Announced

The ICAST Cup presented by FLW, a popular part of the ICAST tradeshow for the last five years, kicked off ICAST Online as a fish, photograph and release tournament Saturday and Sunday with 50 anglers across the country fishing their local waters to raise money for Keep America Fishing. READ MORE »

BFL Winning Patterns – July 11-12

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The weekend of July 11 featured seven Phoenix Bass Fishing League presented by T-H Marine events spread across six different divisions. With a pair of double-headers mixed in, it was an action-packed weekend on the water. READ MORE »

Erie Midday Update – Day 1

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FLW Classics – Week 5

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Even though tournament action is back in full swing, we decided to keep dipping into the archives for some tournament highlights from yesteryear. Below is a batch of classic FLW TV shows from 2008 to 2010, with more on the way.  READ MORE »

Virtual FLW Tournament to Benefit Keep America Fishing

Virtual FLW Tournament to Benefit Keep America Fishing

As part of the American Sportfishing Association’s first-ever ICAST Online fishing tackle tradeshow later this month, FLW is partnering with Keep America Fishing to host a special virtual ICAST Cup fishing tournament.  READ MORE »

A Dream Come True

A Dream Come True

On June 27, 16-year-old Noah Crogan’s big wish came to fruition at the Apple Island Marina on Lake Champlain when he became the owner of a brand-new Tracker aluminum bass boat. Thanks to Make-A-Wish Vermont, the Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department and local anglers – including Phoenix Bass Fishing League and Toyota Series angler Cole Harris – Crogan was surprised at the marina with the boat, along with plenty of rods and tackle to get him on the water. READ MORE »

BFL Winning Patterns – June 27-28

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Wrapping up competition for the month of June, the Phoenix Bass Fishing League presented by T-H Marine saw four divisions compete this past weekend, which included a pair of double-headers. Due to the heat and a desire for the best fish care possible, one of the tournaments took place with a three-bass limit instead of the usual five-bass limit. READ MORE »

AOY Update: Lake Chickamauga

AOY Update: Lake Chickamauga

Though Jacob Wheeler won the Tackle Warehouse Pro Circuit Super Tournament on Lake Chickamauga in grand style, his win didn’t impact the Angler of the Year standings. Only the original Pro Circuit anglers were competing for AOY points. That means the AOY focus is still on Ron Nelson, who slipped off his blazing pace a bit, but still holds the lead heading into the final two regular-season events in July and August on the Mississippi River and the Detroit River, respectively. READ MORE »