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The lips on the Scatter line of Rapala crankbaits give the lures action that drives bass to bite. Two new standout crankbaits
962 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 ó right down to the eyes ó is stunning. Chikara crankbaits
77271 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.


A commercial fisherman discovered a basket of live bass in Sandy Cove at Lake Fausse Pointe the week before the Children's Hospital Bass Classic on March 1. Apparent bass tournament cheating attempt discovered at Lake Fausse Pointe
16758 Views - Posted: March 13 at 8:33 am

EDITOR'S NOTE: This column was originally written for The Daily Iberian by their outdoors editor, Don Shoopman, and published on March 9.


Bassmaster pro Dennis Tietje said a soft-plastic crawfish is a universal bass catcher. You canít beat crawfish
4430 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
5258 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
4155 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 ó and that drives big trout crazy. The Fat Boy
4928 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
5306 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 Flipín OUT will tempt big bass, as some tournament anglers testing prototypes learned. Mister Twister Flipín OUT
4963 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.


This huge deer was killed by Winnsboroís Eric Davis on Dec. 29 while he was hunting on Buckhorn WMA. 2013-14 WMA Forecast
8462 Views - Posted: September 01, 2013 at 7:00 am

Two of Louisiana’s many Wildlife Management Areas were thrust into the spotlight since the summer of 2012.


Bass Kandiís Croaker is the latest in the fake frog offerings. Bass Kandi Croaker
3931 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 itís strange ó OK, plain ugly ó look. Arbogast Buzz Plug
3543 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 ó 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 itís lifelike appearance. Vudu Shrimp
5594 Views - Posted: June 13, 2013 at 9:00 am
Can an artificial lure ó a soft plastic ó outfish a natural creature? That day has arrived and itís like magic, hence lureís 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
2885 Views - Posted: May 15, 2013 at 9:00 am
A leading artificial lure manufacturerís 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
21601 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 Sportsmanís Paradise.

Bass Trap spinnerbaits are unique because they give off maximum vibration with a thicker wire. Bass Trap back in action
5081 Views - Posted: March 14, 2013 at 9:00 am
A machinistís touch has made all the difference in the world to a spinnerbait made in the Sportsmanís 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.

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