Coverage Part 3 – Lines and Plastics round out the show
Nov 21-22, 2009
Introduction: In the conclusion of our Bass-A-Thon 2009 show coverage
we look at plastics, lines as well as premium electronics and watercraft proving
once again it isn't just big baits at Anglers Marine.
Lead designer Joe Uribe Sr. shows
us the smaller Proprunner and new SpinTech hooks
Basstar: The team at Basstar was at the
show displaying both their big baits and the very exciting SpinTech hooks. These
are the first rotating treble hooks that allow anglers to add the 360 degree
feature to any reaction bait they choose. The SpinTech Treble Hook reduces the
chances of losing fish that spit out the hook. SpinTech Treble hooks are
constructed with the line tie pin dropping directly down the center of the
treble hook, so they remain balanced on any lure or bait.
The Ribbit is a hand poured frog
with unique attributes, notice the three dots in each leg, these are actually
weights to give the frog a more realistic stance in the water
Western Plastics: Custom pouring plastics
is really an art form when done right and the team at Western Plastics preserves
the artistry behind hand pours with their robust line of plastics. We were
actually familiar with this brand before the show, in fact Cal keeps a stash of
these plastics for the Delta on his boat at all times.
Another quality example, the 6"
Known for their full sized worms Western Plastics
also has a number of creature baits that include the Prime Ribbit which is a
frog with a positive buoyant body and weighted legs which give the frog a very
realistic look in the water. Because the legs rest below the body the frog
appears just like a real frog at rest.
John Cassidy at Western Plastics
shows us some of his full sized plastics designed to target big fish
Western Plastics makes use of "sweet plastic"
which is durable and does not give off unpleasant odors like some lesser grades.
All of their lures are hand poured right here in the U.S. and are reasonably
priced as well. For example a pack of two Ribbits retails for only $4.95.
The Jackall Superpin-tail is the
same bait Kota Kiriyama dropshotted to win the August 2008 Bassmaster Elite
Series Empire Chase at Lake Erie
Jackall: The team at Jackall has
been on a tear of sorts this season releasing a number of top selling products.
One of the hottest new baits is the super pintail shad which is a 4" finesse
bait (also known as the Jackall Crazy Ninja Worm in the JDM market). This bait
features a realistic profile and has a tail designed to move around with the
slightest twitch of the drop shot rod. The lures retail for $9.99 per pack and
each bag comes with six baits.
Also known as the Crazy Ninja Worm
Does the market need another frog?
At the show Jackall also displayed a rather rare
bait here in the U.S., their Mask frog. It has not yet been determined if this
frog will make it to the U.S. market in quantity as Jackall is just testing the
demand currently. The Mask frog is a floating bait that is rigged with a single
hook. The frog comes in a variety of colors, many of which are semi-transparent
allowing the company to get creative with patterns. Each frog weighs 12 grams
and if you can find one of these frogs they should retail for around $12.00
Jackall wants to find out with the
The Mask Frog comes a range of
Kurt showed us all the new lures
including the popular Swimming Ninja
Section: More lures from Bassectomy and Nichols