It isn't just swimbaits at the Anglers Marine 22nd Annual Bass-A-Thon
We know Revenge best for their realistic dart "Hedz" and spinnerbaits, and this
season Revenge mixes their head designs with a Chatterbait style plate to create
the "Viberator." The result is the ability to customize your own chatter style
Meet the "Viberator"
Anglers can configure the heads with skirts,
paddletails, or a variety of grubs. There will be ten patterns available with
weights ranging from 3/8 to 1oz. Each Viberator will cost 6.99 each.
The Viberator can be rigged with a
variety of different types of skirts and tails
Ray Moughalian (left) the owner of
Revenge shows us the Viberator
Upton's Customs: Uptons Customs specializes
in hand poured worms and had an absolute monster of a worm for sale at the show.
Josh Upton owner of the company bearing his name showed us a 19" worm that
weighs a whopping 5oz.! Anglers will need a swimbait stick to effectively fish
this bait. Each one of these mammoth worms will retail for 9.99 and are
available now direct from Upton's.
Josh Upton and the swimbait
equivalent of a hand poured worm
Jackall's premium baits have grown in popularity that matches the company's
diverse range of offerings. From the Flickshake worm to the jointed panfish
Giron this is one brand that is growing quickly and showing no signs of slowing
down. At this year's Bass-A-thon they unveiled a new bait call the "SRIDE."
The SRIDE from Jackall features a
S-Motion swimming action
The SRIDE is a jointed bait that is designed to
swim in a tail wagging S-Motion similar to the Sebile Magic Swimmer. Jackall was
selling the SRIDE at the show but does not yet have plans to bring the lure into
the U.S. in mass quantities. They were actually using the show as a test
platform to see just how much interest there was in the lure. Judging from the
traffic at the booth the slow sinking SRIDE may very well join Jackall's
linecard, but nothing is set in stone as of yet.
The team at Jackall debut the
SRIDE to see just how much interest there is in this new bait from anglers
Powell: Keith from Powell was at the show
showcasing his brand new crankbait rod. We have always liked Powell's cleanly
designed rods, and the company's crankbait rods handle even the biggest deep
diving baits with ease. This new rod continues that tradition with a 8 foot
Powell's newest crankbait rod is 8
feet in length
The 806CB is designed for big cranks and has a
line rating of 8-20lbs. This heavy Mod-fast rod is constructed completely out of
graphite and retails for a very reasonable 169.99.
Keith shows us the new 806CB
designed for big deep diving cranks
lzorline: Izorline is well known by both
saltwater and freshwater anglers as a quality line choice at a reasonable price.
In recent seasons the company has expanded both their lineup of lines and tools.
This season they are introducing a new pair of braided line scissors that are
designed specifically for Spectra or Dyneema fiber.
Izorline debuts new ultra sharp
scissors designed to slice right through the toughest braid
The Izorline scissors retail for $4.50 and are so
sharp that they can cut right through Spectra braid by holding only one end. The
Spectra doesn't need to be taught and the scissors cut through even tough braid
like a hot knife through butter.
Wendy Tochihara the National Sales
Manager at Izorline shows us the new scissors
2Handee: We were introduced to the 2Handee
to by none other than Gerald "G-Man" Swindle. This utility tool is an oversized
clipper with a few interesting extras including a integrated hook sharpening
stone, not a file but rather an actual stone. This helps keep hooks ultra sharp
and is so easy to use that anglers can hone their hooks right on the water.
The 2Handee is a multi-tool that
comes complete with a sharpening stone
The 2Handee also has a knife and a multi-tool at
the end of the handle that is designed to clear jig eyes and tune crankbaits.
The 2Handee is available now and retails for $14.95.
The G-Man loves the 2Handee
Conclusion: The Bass-A-Thon show is held in
the heart of California Swimbait country so it is no surprise that so many big
bait manufacturers were on hand to both debut and sell their lures. We are
seeing more and more manufacturers enter this space and a new level of
innovation and refinement in patterns and finishes in this category.
Anglers line up to buy the latest
offerings at the show
We actually got more out of this show than some
regional tradeshows, this surprised us since this event is put together by a
sole retailer. Angler's Marine deserves a lot of praise for putting together
such a quality event on their own, and the Bass-A-Thon makes it onto our "must
hit" shows for next season.