Lure Review


The lips on the Scatter line of Rapala crankbaits give the lures action that drives bass to bite. Two new standout crankbaits
1023 Views - Posted: April 16 at 9:00 am

A proven Rapala crankbait moved to the forefront of bass fishing on the biggest stage when it helped produce the 2014 Bassmaster Classic champion three months ago in Alabama.

The Yamamoto Chikara is designed to run true right out of the box, and the attention to details — right down to the eyes — is stunning. Chikara crankbaits
77290 Views - Posted: March 17 at 9:00 am

Bass fishermen are tying on a hot product from Gary Yamamoto Custom Baits. Surprisingly, it isn’t a soft plastic like the ever-popular Senko. In fact, it’s a hard bait with an attitude.

Bassmaster pro Dennis Tietje said a soft-plastic crawfish is a universal bass catcher. You can’t beat crawfish
4451 Views - Posted: February 14 at 9:00 am

A Louisiana bass fishing pro getting ready for his fifth season on the Bassmaster Elite Series tournament trail said there’s no question about one of the artificial lures he’ll nearly always be throwing when the bass and the money are on the line in 2014.

“I mean, everybody pretty much knows it’s going to be a crawfish,” Dennis Tietje said.

Tietje had just returned from his deer-hunting camp during the holidays and obliged a question about one of the favorite artificial lures in his tacklebox, a confidence bait.

“I’m going to keep three baits on no matter what — a small crankbait (red KVD Square Bill), a (Strike King) Rage Craw and a small (Strike King) spinnerbait,” the angler from Roanoke said. “Even though I may not rely (full-time) on the soft plastic, I tend to throw some type of crawfish bait 60- to 70-percent of the time.”

The Lunkerhunt Lunker Frog and Pocket Frog are designed to look and act like real frogs. Lunker Frog
5263 Views - Posted: January 15 at 9:00 am

There is a soft-plastic frog so lifelike in detail that the legs possess a kicking motion no self-respecting bass can resist, a soft-plastic frog that captures the confidence of bass anglers everywhere and also reigns supreme as the ICAST Best Soft Lure of 2013.

The Vortex Shad comes in dual colors and a big V-shaped tail that wobbles, driving fish crazy. The Vortex Shad
4158 Views - Posted: December 16, 2013 at 9:00 am

A veteran saltwater fishing guide who says he fishes with soft plastics 99 percent of the year always reaches for a bag of soft plastics he has the utmost confidence in when he’s out on the water.

One of the coolest features about the Fat Boy is that it can be walked under the surface — and that drives big trout crazy. The Fat Boy
4937 Views - Posted: November 15, 2013 at 9:00 am

Paul Brown’s Fat Boys are still kicking, slowly twitching underwater, tantalizing and catching saltwater fish after the proven soft plastic was bought in the late 2000s.

The Boo Series provides the same advantages of an Umbrella Rig while staying legal for use in tournaments. Booyah Boo Series
5310 Views - Posted: October 16, 2013 at 9:00 am

Two of America’s bass fishing legends turned artificial lure designers realized soon after the umbrella rig craze subsided somewhat that, indeed, the almighty mousetrap could be improved.

The Flip’n OUT will tempt big bass, as some tournament anglers testing prototypes learned. Mister Twister Flip’n OUT
4966 Views - Posted: September 16, 2013 at 9:00 am

Louisiana born and bred Mister Twister Flip’n OUTs, the latest in soft plastic creature baits, were scheduled to go on the market the first week of August.

Bass Kandi’s Croaker is the latest in the fake frog offerings. Bass Kandi Croaker
3936 Views - Posted: August 15, 2013 at 9:00 am

With the very large number of plastic frogs on the racks and shelves for bass fishermen to choose from, who would’ve thunk to add another one to the mix?

The Arbogast Buzz Plug has fish-catching abilities despite it’s strange — OK, plain ugly — look. Arbogast Buzz Plug
3548 Views - Posted: July 17, 2013 at 9:00 am
Just when you thought you might, just might have seen it all as far as artificial lures designed to fool bass, well — you know what they said about just when you thought it was safe to go back in the water.

The new Vudu Shrimp has become popular since its introduction earlier this year because of it’s lifelike appearance. Vudu Shrimp
5608 Views - Posted: June 13, 2013 at 9:00 am
Can an artificial lure — a soft plastic — outfish a natural creature? That day has arrived and it’s like magic, hence lure’s name, thanks to Ken Chaumont of Lacassine.

Catching fish on topwater is a blast, and the Stanley Top Toad will call them up. Stanley Top Toad
2889 Views - Posted: May 15, 2013 at 9:00 am
A leading artificial lure manufacturer’s newest pride and joy jumped like a real frog to the forefront of bass fishing circles in and around Louisiana very quickly in early 2013.

The Matrix Shad provide great fish-catching ability because of its soft, action-packed body. The Matrix Shad
21610 Views - Posted: April 17, 2013 at 9:00 am
There are sound reasons behind the growing success of one of the hottest soft plastics for saltwater and, even, freshwater fish from Biloxi, Miss., to Houma and beyond in the Sportsman’s Paradise.

Bass Trap spinnerbaits are unique because they give off maximum vibration with a thicker wire. Bass Trap back in action
5085 Views - Posted: March 14, 2013 at 9:00 am
A machinist’s touch has made all the difference in the world to a spinnerbait made in the Sportsman’s Paradise. Just ask some bass anglers by the name of Shaw Grigsby and Kevin Van Dam, who make sure they get their hands on the lure any time they get to Louisiana. Or ask accomplished Louisiana bass angler Jamie Laiche of Gonzales.

Bass Kandi’s Coastal Crippler is making a big splash in saltwater circles of the Louisiana coast. Bass Kandi’s Coastal Crippler
3031 Views - Posted: February 13, 2013 at 9:00 am
Mike “Redbone” Holland of Ragley, who owns Bass Kandi Baits — a Southwest Louisiana artificial lure manufacturing company specializings in soft plastics — and his 11-year-old son Payton were deer hunting the week before Christmas near Kerrville, Texas.

The new Vision Prop Limited Edition Buzz Bait offers different sounds and versatility that drives bass crazy. Vision Prop Limited Edition Buzz Bait
3074 Views - Posted: January 14, 2013 at 9:00 am
Leave it to someone with great vision for designing artificial lures to put a “boat prop-style” blade on a buzz bait that consistently catches bass coast to coast.

This Vision Lures’ Vision Prop Limited Edition Buzz Bait is the latest in a line of innovative buzz baits made by David Trantham in Springfield, Mo. Trantham’s Honeybuzz buzz baits have been triggering strikes since the mid-2000s.