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  NetBait 2015
Posted by BigBassJB on Wednesday, March 18 @ 09:17:37 MST (1783 reads) (Read More... | Score: 0)
Bass Fishing Lures ”NetBaitIn the world of fishing there are many companies that produce fishing baits, however, only a few of these companies produce quality products that are “Made in the USA”. NetBait is one of those prestigious companies and coordinates all of its activities from the production facility in Greenville, Alabama. Regardless of where you live, if you are a bass fisherman you need to know about the NetBait products. It doesn't matter if you are a leisurely weekend angler or a hard-core serious pro, these products will help you put more fish in the boat.

It was more than 40 years ago when NetBait products were born in the kitchen of a man named Braxton McNaughton. With a $20 investment, McNaughton began melting and pouring plastic worms (one-at-a-time) in his kitchen because he thought the 5-cents that was being charged per worm was just w-a-y too expensive. This small personal venture was eventually called Mac’s Baits.

For years, Mac’s Baits poured independently for many big-name companies, but then in 1998 the McNaughton family decided to make this home endeavor a fishing business. Each of the pouring machines were custom-built from the ground up, and all of the soft plastics are made and poured right in the Greenville facility. The NetBait brand was incorporated and the product line was quickly expanded to meet the needs of anglers across the country.

It was at this point in time that the signature bait of the company was developed - the famous Paca Craw. Mac’s Baits is still the sole manufacturer of all NetBait soft plastic products and in recent times Justin Sward has taken over the reigns as President of NetBait and Braxton McNaughton serves as President of Mac’s Baits.

Good Bass – Butch HudkinsI started using the NetBait products a few years ago and the quality of the products still continues to amaze me. Each item has pork fat, anise scent, and just the right amount of salt. Even the plastic used is specially formulated and will continue to be soft and flexible in almost any fishing situation. If you are a jig fisherman you will absolutely love the assortment of trailers that are available and the rainbow of colors. I am not sure how you produce and distribute so many of these products, but there are very few tackle stores throughout our country that do not have a good selection of Netbait items on their shelves. Once you use them you will be hooked, because they are designed by fishermen and for fishermen. That is why NetBait is one of the most popular brands of soft plastics on the market today.

Although NetBait offers a large selection of fish-catching products, allow me to just zero-in on a few of my favorites to get you familiar with some of this neat stuff. I would have to start off with the Paca Craw Paca Craw which has a hollow body design that can accommodate a large rattle or can be used as a reservoir for scent. A helicopter effect slows the descent of this bait when it’s flipped or pitched. I have fished the Paca Craw and Baby Paca Craw as a trailer on a jig, chugged across the surface like a buzzbait, swam just under the surface, and used it on a C-rig but I think my favorite technique is to flip the lure into heavy cover. I don’t think you can fish this bait wrong. The Paca Craw is a 5-inch model, the Baby Paca Craw 4-inch and the Tiny Craw is 3-inches in length.

Paca Chunk It took more than two years to develop the Paca Chunk and it was time well spent. The bait has an overall length of 3-inches, a solid body and the patented NetBait Claws really come alive in the water. I like to use this bait as a jig trailer but have also fished it on a shaky head with good results. Since the bait has a solid body it stays super secure when fished on a lead-head jig. The Paca Chunk Regular is 2.75-inches long, Paca Chunk Senior is 3.25-inches long and the Tiny Paca Chunk is 2.25-inches in length. Salt Lick

The Salt Lick can be used with many different techniques but it is deadly when fished weightless or Texas-rigged. Like the other NetBait products it is just packed with salt and is very soft .. but durable. The bait has great action on the fall and when the bite gets slow try flipping it into heavy cover and just hang on! The Salt Lick has more salt than most other brands and at 120 grains weight; it out-weights most baits of this type that are on the market. Bait comes in 5-in and 6-inch models. Kickin' B Chunk

The Kickin' B Chunk is great when used as a jig trailer or just nose-hook it and let the frog-like legs entice some violent strikes.. The bait is available in a 3.5-inch size.

B Bug I really like the B Bug because it’s a compact, ribbed, meaty little guy with tentacles and a beaver-like tail that can move lots of water. It has a tantalizing action that can be fished with a variety of techniques. The bait comes in 4.3-inch and 5-inch models. BK Swimbait

The BK Swimbait comes in 4-inch and 5-inch sizes and features a large splashing paddle tail that creates a life-like action that few fish can resist. The hollow hook slot makes rigging a breeze and hook-ups more consistent. The bait is super-soft, extremely durable and is one of the most realistic swimbaits on the market.

Spanky The Big and Little Spanky are new additions to the NetBait family and each have a ribbed mid-section and a paddle tail that looks great in the water. Try these on your Alabama-rig. Baby Mad Paca

Looking for something really different? Well check out the Mad Paca and Baby Mad Paca. These are truly unique baits and offer those famous Paca flapping claws designed to attract the really big bass. This is definitely a “go-to” bait that will seldom let you down. Try it on a Carolina-rig or as a jig trailer. The Mad Paca is 5.5-inches long and the Baby Mad Paca is 4.5-inches long. C-Mac

If you prefer a larger profile worm then check out the 7-inch, 11-inch and 15-inch C-Mac series - or the Big Thump that is designed to work down ledges as a flip bait. Each of these baits have a life-like look and with the slightest twitch will drive the fish wild. 

Other baits in the arsenal of NetBait include the Paca Punch, Finesse Worm, T-Mac T-Mac and the 9-inch Super T-Mac worm.

And how could I forget the Big Bopper U-tail, the Super Twitch,

Super Twitch
Slim Shake, Baby Action Cat (that is also a tube bait), the HardyTack Craw Hardy Tack Craw and

Dirt DawgDirt Dawg.

Lizard There are also collections of Lizards,
                 BK Tubes, 3-inch Twin Tail

                                           and a brand new Frog. Frog

But that’s not all……… Jig The Paca Jig has a sleek body, a Mustad Ultra Point Hook that ensures solid hook sets every time, and chip-resistant paint that can hold up to scratches and collisions with rocks and heavy cover.

The Paca Bug Football Jig is a must-have for every serious jig fisherman. These jigs are made with quality and performance in mind and have color-coordinated weed guards designed to match up perfectly with the colors and sizes of the Paca Chunk. Swim Jig

There is also the Paca Swim Jig which is a perfect balance for fishing around all types of cover. No tuning with this guy because it’s balanced has a built-in trailer system, double rattle and is ready to go right out of the package.

And then there is the HBT Shakey Head and the Dirt Dawg Shakey Head

WOW!!!
That is quite an assortment of baits. NetBait is a fishermen’s friend and with their great assortment of quality products will be a leader in the fishing industry for many years to come. Give some of these NetBait products a try … You won’t be disappointed.

Good Fishing – JB

Our roots may be small, but our mission has never wavered: To offer fishermen the best quality soft plastic baits in every pack, every time.
Sunset Jim Binns
 

  Lure Addict
Posted by BigBassJB on Wednesday, January 14 @ 10:07:01 MST (3428 reads) (Read More... | Score: 0)
Bass Fishing Lures Are You A Fishing Tackle “Addict”?

Many years ago I bought my first tacklebox and filled it with a small assortment of baits, hooks and other items such as pliers, clippers and extra fishing line. My topwater lures consisted of a Zara Spook, Jitterbug, Lucky 13, and a Pop-R. I had a few black and brown jigs and Uncle Josh pork rind trailers to attach to the jig hook for added attraction. (You always needed to have a cup of water in the boat to place the jig-n-pork to make sure the pork didn’t dry out). My selection of plastic worms was also quite simple. My collection consisted of a few black, motor oil and purple; some big, some small, some with curly tails and some with just plain ol’ straight tails.

Hook selection was also easy. I just carried a few Tru-Turn hooks in small and large sizes. Toss in a couple of Rat-L-Traps, a Bomber Model A, and a few spinnerbaits (usually white, yellow or black) and you were ready for a days fishing. I even had room in the tacklebox for some sun screen lotion, a sandwich and a hand-towel.

Fishing was easy back then and the bass seemed to really like most of the baits in my box. Those baits that didn’t produce just didn’t make it back out for the next fishing trip.

Life was simple.

Lunker Lure Over the years I noticed that my need for new and different baits started reaching an addiction and pretty soon I had a few plastic wash tubs lining the floor in my garage and each was filled with plastic baits. All the baits were tucked away in Ziploc bags and labeled properly so I could get to what I needed with no problem. My small tacklebox was replaced by two tackleboxes, followed by an assortment of big tackleboxes and then a collection of large heavy duty tackle bags that held a vast assortment of plastic boxes. Each of these boxes was loaded with a colorful assortment of plastic worms. I had every type of worm produced, in multiple sizes and yes … all of the colors of the rainbow.

The large plastic tubs of worms in my garage multiplied like rabbits and in no time I had to move the lawn mower and garden tools out to make more room for tubs. I prided myself in leaving no stone unturned as I continued to build my plastic worm collection. Bait

What I failed to mention is that while the collection of plastic worms was growing my addiction for other types of fishing baits was also reaching a boiling stage. Pretty soon my wall was covered with peg boards and one board would have crankbaits, one would display spinnerbaits, topwater baits filled another board, jigs of all types and sizes were on another board and various types of hooks, jigging spoons, lead-heads and deep-diving baits. A pegboard on the ceiling had all of my Alabama Rigs hanging down like beautiful Christmas tree ornaments. I even moved my wife’s pickup truck out of the garage to make more room for peg boards and tubs.

Having all of these baits within easy reach made me sleep better at night but there was a problem. How do I take the proper baits out in the boat with me? The answer to this was simple … buy more plastic boxes and Ziploc bags. In no time at all I had more plastic worms in my boat than Academy has on their walls and when I added all of the other stuff my boat set about 14-inches deeper in the water. Who cares if the boat struggles out of the hole … the issue is having the right bait when I need it!

Well all of that sounded pretty good but as I was fishing I had trouble quickly finding the color and size of the worm I wanted to use. The solution … label more Ziploc bags and use some of those notebook rings to keep specific colors and sizes together. The plan was finally starting to come together.

Then I started having problems with not having the right crankbait or spinnerbait size or color in my plastic boxes. I carried about 2500 baits but it seemed like I just never did have that key color in the boat. That color was always hanging on the garage wall. No real problem here, I just purchased more plastic boxes and soft-sided bags to stock additional stuff in the boat.

By now all of the front and rear compartments were full of baits and the boat set another 8-inches deeper in the water. I did manage to leave enough room in the boat for two lifejackets and my raingear. Now things were really getting good!

Somewhere in all of this addiction I realized that I didn’t have the proper rods, reels and line to use many of the baits I was carrying so I purchased many more of these items than I had planned. A quick inventory showed 16 freshwater baitcasting rod and reels, 14 rods with open bail reels, 12 heavy-duty rods with reels that were loaded with braided line and 10 combo’s that were designed to specifically fish topwaters, crankbaits and jerkbaits. Those were the ones in the garage .. There were about 20 of various types in the boat rod storage compartment. How did this get so out of hand!

It was about this time that I started carrying a large plastic bag that was strictly for those baits I expected to fish that day. This would obviously keep me from having to look through all of my Ziploc bags and boxes in the boat if I was in a hurry to change lures. What a great idea! A few trips later I realized that now I had 13 of those carry-on plastic bags, and it was obvious that I would probably be bringing more with me each time I went fishing.

By now my boat was sitting dangerously low in the water and it was time for a change. This addiction to massive amounts of baits, boxes and bags was sinking my boat!

I have to admit that the disposal of many of these baits was not only difficult but extremely painful. I had a tear in my eye at more than one of our garage sales as I watched some of my prized possessions depart with a new owner. Times were tough but I needed to have courage and stay the course.

Well to make a long story short, my life has changed drastically since I have eliminated all of the excess fishing “baggage” from my garage and boat. My lawn mower and garden tools regained their proper place in the garage and my boat doesn’t need the two hydrofoils and a special 6-bladed prop to get up on plane. My wife is even talking to me again since I moved her truck back in the garage.

Recently I even started a new program similar to the AAA called BLB (Buy Less Baits) that has been very helpful to other unfortunate anglers that are trying to eliminate their addiction to collecting fishing equipment.

I now carry all of my fishing tackle in one tacklebox; in fact it is the same one that I started out with years ago. I seem to have everything in it that I really need to catch fish. Life is so simple!

Good Fishing JB

Each night before you go to bed, pray to God and be thankful for what you accomplished today - and will accomplish tomorrow!
 

  2014 vs 2015
Posted by BigBassJB on Saturday, January 03 @ 07:26:12 MST (3533 reads) (Read More... | Score: 0)
Complaints and Rants Things Done In 2014 ….. That Will Not Be Done In 2015

 
I Will Not …………
* Sit a steaming hot cup of coffee between my legs when driving the boat
* Forget to remove that last fish out of the livewell until I go fishing a week later
* Fill the boat up with diesel instead of regular gasoline
* Assume that I have enough gas in the boat for the entire days fishing
* Try to light a cigarette by shorting out a pair of pliers and screwdriver on the battery
* Forget to buy my new fishing license until I am checked by the game warden
* Leave my life jackets (that I used to have) in the boat when I motor down the highway
* Forget to disconnect the front of the boat from the trailer when I launch the boat
* Leave my tackle box, rods and boat keys sitting in the garage when I go fishing
* Make “one more cast” when the lighting and rain is drawing closer and closer
* Forget to set the alarm clock for the morning of the fishing tournament
* Go to Bass Pro Shops and Academy with the intention of not buying anything
* Forget to put my raingear in the boat
* Wear tennis shoes instead of boots when the weatherman forecasts rain and cold
* Try to go across a shallow stumpy flat with the boat on full plane
* Forget to put the drain-plug in my boat
* Leave my billfold at home when I need to pay for the gasoline at the service station 
* Forget to put an extra pair of Lakegloves in the boat when fishing in January
* Go into a panic mode when I see three boats fishing my favorite “honey hole”
* Forget to plug in the battery charger after a hard days fishing * Buy every new lure I see marketed by those smiling anglers on television
* Put off retying a bait and then lose a big fish because of a bad spot in the line

* Forget to enter a GPS coordinate for the new and remote launching area I am using
* Break another rod tip with the lid of the dry storage compartment
* Assume that I have another bag of the only color worm that the fish are biting
* Listen to rumors of fish being caught 40 miles away.. and then make a dry run anyway
* Assume that I have air in my trailer spare tire
* Think that all of the winning stringers are being caught on the other side of the lake
* Believe the weatherman’s weekend forecast
* Run by GPS at night expecting a clear path and no logs floating in the water
* Leave anything valuable in my boat when it sits in front of a restaurant or motel
* Forget to take my cell phone and camera when I go fishing
* Use light line when fishing in areas with lot’s of trees, brush and big bass
* Lock the keys to my towing vehicle … in my towing vehicle
* Assume that all of the lake buoy markers mean safe running and no trees or rocks
* Try to motor through an area that has lots of trotlines
* Leave all of the snacks and drinks we were going to enjoy in the towing vehicle
* “Front-end” the guy fishing in the back of the boat
* Drop another pair of fishing pliers or sun glasses into the lake
* Start getting really worried when I have not had a strike in four hours
* Go fishing and not remember that today is my wife’s birthday or wedding anniversary Trap

* Store plastic worms in boxes that dissolve when they come in contact with the plastic
* Forget and leave a buoy marker at one of my best fishing locations
* Pre-fish for any more tournaments – (see next two items for reasons) * Assume that what the bass hit so well yesterday they will hit again today and …
* Assume that where the bass were yesterday they will be today – Wrong!
* Drop any more chain saws in the lake while cutting/placing brush in sweet spots
* Forget to take out my long rear boat light when motoring in areas of low timber
* Assume that I know the area “like the back of my hand” when motoring at night
* Accidentally hit the trolling motor switch when climbing over the front of the boat
* Get a “bird-nest” on six consecutive rods while fishing at night
* Lose another fishing cap by having it blow off my head and then sink
* Keep fishing locations where I caught a fish five years ago and haven’t had a bite since
* Try to break braided line by jerking on it really hard with my hand
* Leave the dock without a change of clothes and toilet paper stored in the boat
* Believe everything I see on television fishing shows
* Walk with bare feet when there are crankbaits lying on the floor of the boat
* Worry about the grass that needs cut, etc. while I am out fishing
* Drop another cell phone in the water when I bend over to land a bass
* Start “drooling” over all of the new bass boats I see at the boat shows
* Over-estimate the size and weight of the fish that I catch * Under-estimate the size and weight of the fish that my partner catches

I am sure that few of you will have to worry about these issues.. However, for most of us these and other issues made for some awkward and somewhat funny moments during 2014. And I did forget to mention a couple of the MOST important issues ……

* I will not believe any fishing reports unless they are from my mother … or perhaps my pastor? and….

*I Will Not … Whine for weeks when I lose a BIG bass. I will whine for MONTHS!!

Thought for the day – People who laugh a lot are healthier than those who don’t … and Remember that you are way too blessed to be stressed

Have a great 2015 & Good Fishing - JB
Jig
 

  Bait Colors
Posted by BigBassJB on Monday, August 04 @ 09:34:57 MST (4690 reads) (Read More... | Score: 0)
Bass Fishing Lures Bait Colors – Do They Make A Difference?

Most of us are like a kid in a candy store when we go into one of our favorite fishing tackle locations and see the vast assortment of lures and lure colors. It doesn’t matter that we have ten or more tackle boxes full of baits that will probably never be used – we are still looking for that new bait or color that no one else may have. So with all of the colors available- which colors should you be using? Well water clarity should be a key factor in your bait selection.

With probably more than a zillion lure color combinations available today, keep in mind that many of these colors are made with the fisherman (and his pocketbook) in mind as much as they are by using basic scientific knowledge. I think all of us will admit that emotions are far stronger than logic when it comes to what a fisherman will buy.

Our first consideration is that colors we view on the surface may look very different underwater to a bass. What we perceive as color is basically light reflected from objects to our eyes.

Color is based on an associated wave length and how our eyes perceive or don’t perceive these visible tones. The photo sensory cells in a bass’ retina consist of cones (Daylight - for color vision) and rods (Night - for black, white and shades of gray vision). Water selectively filters color at various depths but this filtering process can be greatly affected by different elements or particles in the water such as tannic acid from the trees, silt and runoff.

Bass do not have eyelids so they can not blink or close their eyes. But they do have a black pigment that shades the photosensitive cells of the retina, which allows them to see well in extremely bright conditions with little discomfort. So much for the thought that bright light hurt the bass’ eyes. I also read in one of the journals that it is believed that a bass’ vision increases with age. This could very well be one of the reasons that BIG bass are so difficult to fool with artificial lures. .

So what does all of this “stuff” mean to the average fisherman? I remember being on a flight a number of years ago with Doug Hannon, a well known author, researcher and tackle designer. His comment was that the darker the water or if it’s cloudy, go with the more solid colors. When the water is clear and you have those blue-bird skies stay with those colors having some transparency such as watermelon red and motor oil.

So let’s consider the basics - Shad and minnows are silver, chrome, white and bone colored. Bream are represented by brown, purple and chartreuse. Crayfish are certainly a major food source and are usually represented by tones of red, black and brown.

Keep in mind that all of these colors can also have many different shades. The chartreuse color produced by one company may be quite different than that of another company.

Since we know the basic colors of these food sources let’s look at how the colors may change with depth in clear water.

Red is at the low end of the color spectrum and will fade to a rust color at about 10-feet and gradually goes to a darker off-green as it gets in deeper water. Orange looks pretty good at 10-feet and then at about 30-feet looks somewhat brown. Yellow has basically no change in the upper depths but then at 30-feet becomes very pale. Green does not change much until you reach below 30-feet. Blue and purples are at the high end of the color spectrum and will remain truer at deeper depths. (Bill Dance once stated that “Any color worm will catch fish – as long as it’s blue”). Black objects hold their color well as the depth of water increases.

Keep in mind that these basic color guidelines are for clear water so now you need to add the other variables such as time of day or night, weather and other factors.

Here are a few general color guidelines to consider as you select your bait:

Sunny Days – Red, Blue and Silver
Cloudy/Rainy – Dark colors like Black, Brown, Green and Chartreuse
Night – Darker colors with Black being the primary choice
Clear Water – Natural, Pumpkin, Silver, Black/Blue, Green and Translucent Dark Water – Darker colors such as Reds & June bug
Muddy/Stained Water – White, Chartreuse, Orange, Red and Brown

White imitates forage food much like silver so it can be a bass catcher over a wide range of light and water conditions. I didn’t mention blue in the above chart because it retains its color properties at most depths.

Another key item to remember is that a bass is primarily a visual hunter, especially in clear water. When something in the water moves, the motion grabs the bass’ attention and is probably interpreted by its brain as food. Since clear water allows a fish to inspect a bait more closely, and as opposed to murky water, your bait should appear as lifelike as possible.

All of us have our own favorite colors and for this part of the world it would seem that watermelon, watermelon-red or candy, green pumpkin, junebug, redbug and black/blue fill most of these needs.

But while you are trying to decide the color for the day let me leave you with one final thought. I remember reading in Buck Perry’s primer on structure fishing (Spoonplugging: Your Guide To Lunker Catches) that he felt in order of importance there were five things to consider when fishing a bait: Depth, Speed, Action, Color and Size.

Hummmmm……Perhaps the color of that bait is not as important as we think it is?????

Good Fishing – JB

Thought for the Day - Don't compare your life to others. You have no idea what their journey is all about. No one is in charge of your happiness except you.
 

  New Baits From Stanley
Posted by BigBassJB on Tuesday, January 28 @ 13:17:30 MST (5416 reads) (Read More... | Score: 0)
Bass Fishing Lures Lonnie Stanley 

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any years ago fishing legend and tournament pro Lonnie Stanley
introduced some of the finest fishing jigs on the market and many tournaments are still being won with these great products. Over the years the company has expanded its product line and continues to produce some of the highest quality baits on the market. 

Many of you may not know that Stanley Jigs has gone through some recent changes.  The new company name is Hale Lure LLC dba Stanley Jigs.  Robert, William and John Hale are well known in the fishing industry and John Hale serves as the CEO of the company.  Robert Hale developed the idea for their new SIDETRAC lures and was also the originator of the Hale's Craw Worm - a dynamite bait that has been a bread and butter lure for many of our top anglers.  Robert is also that fellow that dominated the tournament scene on Toledo Bend Lake during the 70's and up to the 90's.  These innovative guys have a number of new products that they will be presenting to anglers during 2014.  

I recently visited with Lonnie and we discussed a couple of brand new 2014 products that will soon be available at your local tackle dealer.  .

Sidetrac Shad The first is called the “SIDETRAC SHAD”, and it is a dandy. The soft plastic bait has the ability to “trac” either right or left depending on the hook placement. If the small appendage on the side of the head (called the “Action Maker” is to the left of the shank of the hook the bait will trac to the right. Turning the action maker to the right of the shank of the hook will cause the bait to move to the left.

This can be dynamite when you are working around a dock, near over-hanging brush or in any situation where you want to make the bait go back up in areas that big bass call home.

The SIDETRAC SHAD is not one of those baits that you just cast out and reel in. The best technique is to work the bait with a gentle “twitch and pause” to achieve the desired trac. I also found that if I held the rod tip to the left, the bait would more easily trac to the right, and likewise holding the rod tip to the right helped the bait trac to the left. What a great little bait – and one you definitely need to try in the upcoming months.

Lonnie recommends using a hook with a pin-type keeper such as the Mustad 91768KH in a 1/0. 2/0 or 3/0 size for best results. Screw-type hooks are not recommended but I did find that an offset, wide-gap worm hook worked well. I can imagine many situations where the SIDETRAC SHAD will work exceptionally well, and am also anxious to try it on a drop-shot rig.

The
SIDETRAC SHAD comes in a 4.5-inch size; however a 3.5-inch & 5.7-inch model are being developed.  Colors include Watermelon Red, Blue Gill, Wild Shiner, Hickory Shad, Gizzard Shad and Watermelon Magic. Cobra and Mud Puppy

Another addition to the Stanley arsenal is the 6-inch SIDETRAC MUD PUPPY and 10-inch SIDETRAC COBRA. Both of these baits include the “Action Maker” on the side of the head to give you that same control of the bait that you have on the SIDETRAC SHAD. The baits are ribbed and slide down easily through that thick grass and brush.

The 6-inch size looks ideal for days when the bass get “finicky” and there is not an aggressive bite, and I can’t wait to try the 10-inch Cobra in those areas where those really big bass live.

Colors include Red Bug, Watermelon Red Flake, Hickory Shad, Watermelon Candy/Red Flake, Green Pumpkin/Black Red Gold Flake, Sprayed Grass, Watermelon Seed/Red Flake, Black Neon/Blue Gill Belly and Garter Snake. Knowing the Stanley bunch there will probably be even more dazzling colors available by the time this goes to press.

I would like to mention a couple of other Stanley items because they are some of my favorites. Y-Not The Y-NOT, has been around for a bit and what a fish catcher it is when fished “wacky style” or teamed up with either one of the FlipMax Jigs or a WedgeHead jig.

The bait has a simple Y-shaped body, but believe me - there is nothing simple about this lure's design and its uncanny ability to mimic a living, breathing crawfish. It drives bass crazy! Y-Not

Small air pockets are built into the legs of the bait and they float super high in the water. Air is also trapped within the dozens of soft, flexible rings surrounding the lure's body and legs. Each time you twitch the bait tiny air bubbles are released. Bass are drawn to the “breathing” bait by the sound and sight of the air bubbles.

I like to place a rattler into the air pockets for added attraction or the chambers can be left empty to trap more air for a greater buoyancy. When the bait is hopped along the bottom the two legs stand straight up, imitating with amazing realism a defensive crawfish with pincers in the air. The bait can be pitched, cast, flipped, jig’d, used on a drop-shot rig or fished as a suspended bait. Its versatility is truly unmatched. FlipMax

The FlipMax jig has a hand-cut rubber skirt that Stanley refers to as “a crawler skirt”. When submerged, the specially-cut thick rubber strands resemble crawfish legs. When pulled through the water the “legs” flare out realistically imitating a swimming crawfish. The flat, wide rubber legs displace more water causing a greater commotion and vibration that bass can't resist!! Add the Y-Not as a trailer and you have a one-two punch that is hard to beat.

WedgeHead

LogoIf I am not using the FlipMax jig I like to couple the Y-Not with one of the Stanley Punch Jigs called the WedgeHead. This bait was designed to be punched through thick - heavy cover. It is also great for bass that are holding in deep grass or drop offs.

The WedgeHead has a swivel hook system designed for a wide variety plastics. If you want a jig that can slide easily through those thick grass mats – this is the one for sure.  Ribbit


Ribbit Double-Take Hook - As most of you know, the Ribbit is one of the most widely used baits in our area, especially in the upcoming months when the bass get shallow. Lonnie Stanley and colleague John Hale applied a great deal of common sense and logic when coming up with the idea of the Ribbit Double-Take Hook. Two hooks are always better than one, for hooking and landing big bass!

The Ribbit Double-Take Hook is specially designed to fish with Stanley Lures' Ribbit soft bait but works wonders with other frog-imitation soft lures as well. Bass tend to strike violently at the “racing” frogs that run across the top of the water, and will often miss a single hook. The Ribbit Double-Take Hook with its longer shank and two points doubles your chances of hooking up, says Bassmaster Classic veteran, Stanley.

It's longer than other hooks, allowing the tips of the two hooks to penetrate lower within the legs of the Ribbit frog. The churning legs of the frog grab the fish's attention and are often the target of the strike. The added length to the shank of the hook greatly reduces the likelihood of the fish missing the hooks. The Ribbit Double-Take Hook is definitely going to get a double take from our anglers.

Original Casting Jig Casting Jigs – These are the “bread and butter” baits that started the entire Stanley product line. The original casting and flipping jigs are the best of the basics for all jig fishermen. An all time favorite color would have to be black/blue, but others that receive a nod of approval from our area pros are the black/brown, white and watermelon seed.


**I also have some news that is hot off the press.......  Stanley will soon offer
15 new hand-tied jig skirts and 20 new hand-tied spinnerbait skirts.  They are dynamite!!!!!

Well there you are, a few of the newest baits on the market from one of the front runners of the fishing industry – Stanley Baits. As I mentioned earlier, quality is what you get when you purchase a Stanley product and having a high level of customer focus is their way of doing business. Give some of these items a try – They just may help you catch that bass of a lifetime.

Good Fishing – JB

JB For more information go to www.fishstanley.com or call 936-876-5713.
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