Fred Hall Long Beach Show: Part 1 - Freshwater Coverage
The strangest sight at the
Fred Hall show was a 10lb dumbbell being held up by a plastic worm. The display
was made possible with a new lure from a new brand called IronClads, by the Lake
Resources Group. On the outside the baits look like just another Senko imitation
but it is what is on the inside that makes this bait so unique.
Zander tries to snap the IronClad
In the core of each bait
is what is called Lock-On technology, a special strip that will start to fail at
90-100lbs of hook pressure. As a comparison most hooks generally fail at around
50lbs of pressure.
Notice the hooks are about to
break under this 10lb load, but the worm segment is just fine
The lures have a slow sink
rate and are still just as pliable as most plastics. There are a number of
advantages to these new baits which include a lot less bait loss, with this bait
feel free to set as hard as you want. These baits are considered green products
because they halt the release of soft lure waste into the water.
are the most durable plastics we have ever seen
IronClads will start becoming
available in the coming weeks and will be available in worms, tubes, shrimp, and
shad plastics. They are packaged just like normal plastics and will retail for
5.49 to 6.99 per pack. In terms of reusable plastics these new baits are going
to be hard to beat.
innovates terminal tackle
Parasite: It is hard
to innovate when it comes to terminal tackle but a company called Parasite
manages to do exactly that with their simple yet effective Super Saver system.
The Parasite design either comes as a clip to be used with plastics or already
attached to a weight. The wire clip is designed to help keep plastics from
slipping down hooks, increasing the life of the plastics, as well as their
presentations. Because the plastic is held in the right place the design
prevents plastics from covering the hook points on hook sets.
These baits are designed
to cover the 10-20 foot depth ranges with their hand-crafted blend of tradition
and technology. Because the lure’s still make use of cedar they feature an
attractive slow rise action and strong vibration and sound when deflecting off
structure. The Poe’s Competition Cedar baits will retail for $7.99 each, and are
also available now.
The clip holds
This design is
also integrated into bullet weights
An example of
a rigged plastic
shows us the new solution from Parasite
Conclusion: The Fred
Hall Long beach was bustling with life as each and every aisle was packed with
anglers. Most manufacturers focused on educating anglers about their latest
offerings, as there were plenty of retailers with show deals. We witnessed the
rebirth of some brands, as well as the some of the older brands reinventing
themselves with the introduction of new features and technologies mixed into
their proven designs. The Fred Hall didn’t disappoint us, and was a great way to
spend the day in sunny Southern California. Stay tuned for our next installment
of our Fred Hall coverage…. Saltwater.
Check out more pictures from
the show in the TT Gallery