2006 ICAST Lure Coverage
ICAST Coverage Day 3 (Lures) - Who's the Mac Daddy of fishing lures?
Yamamoto: We go from diamonds to plastics, but to many an angler Yamamoto
lures are worth twice their weight in gold. For this year Yamamoto is releasing
four new custom baits, one of which is their very first saltwater lure ever!
These baits all have characteristic Yamamoto traits, yet all offer unique action
quite unlike what you would normally expect to see from a classic Yamamoto bait.
Let's start with the eagerly anticipated "Swimming Senko."
George Braswell and Derek Yamamoto
introduce Zander to the new GYCB and Kinami baits
Yes the swimbait craze has affected Yamamoto too. What if a swimbait and a Senko
got together? The spawn would certainly resemble the very exciting "Swimming
Senko." This lure features the head of a senko, a flattened out midsection, and
a miniature swimbait tail. These baits are 5 inches in length and unites two
totally different types of baits into one very unique product.
The most exciting lure is the new
hybrid "Swimming Senko"
The Swimming Senkos will be available in both
solid colors and laminates, and be sold in bags of 10. They will retail for
$6.99/bag for the solids and $7.48/bag for the laminates. I'm sure in the coming
months many new techniques for fishing this type of bait will start emerging.
The versatile design will certainly allow anglers to get real creative in their
The Flappin' Hog has already been
fished with great success on the Bassmaster tour by Jarrett Edwards
Flappin Hog: Anglers in Asia were lucky
enough to see this bait first, but it has officially arrived stateside. The
Flappin hog is a distinctive creature bait that is ideal for flipping and
pitching, and makes use of many of the design characteristics found on
Yamamoto's proven baits, but adds in some new elements as well. It is designed
to easily punch through grass and wood, and can be rigged a number of different
ways. The bait is 3.75 inches in length and will come in bags of 7 for a retail
price of $4.48.
The Flappin' Hog's multiple
appendages are close to the body making it easy to get the bait in and out of
tight structure, making it a great flipping bait
Shade Shape Worm: Is it a worm or is it a
shad? The answer is both. The new Shade Shape worm combines elements of a ribbed
senko and a tiny shad-like bait. They can be fished with a drop shot rig, or
rigged a variety of different ways and fished on the bottom. International
fishing superstar Shinichi Fukae used the Shad Shape Worm to win first at the
FLW Pro Tour Event and $200,000 on Beaver Lake, Arkansas in April, 2006.
The Shad Shape features a narrow
body and ultra finesse tail
These finesse lures are 3.75 inches in length and
will be available in sixteen different colors/patterns. They will be sold in
packs of 10 for $4.29 a bag.
The Shad Shape comes in a wide
range of colors and patterns
Swimbait: If you fish the inshore than
there is good news from the GYCB camp. Meet the first Yamamoto saltwater lure,
their new swimbait body. These lures use a new blend of materials to challenge
saltwater fish. "For twenty five years, Yamamoto lures have been legendary in
freshwater. Our new 5-inch Swimbait opens saltwater markets to our valued
distributors and dealers," stated Ken Sasaki, GYCB President.
Saltwater anglers...here is your
first GYCB bait
These new swimbait tails feel significantly
different than Gary's freshwater lures and are much more durable. The swimbaits
come in both solid and laminate patterns and are sold in bags of 5. The solid
patterns will go for $3.98 while the laminates will cost $4.25. We look forward
to dragging some of these lures over the sandbars in search of Halibut!
Gary, George Braswell, and Larry
Evans were a pleasure to talk to and showed us all the latest and greatest new
baits, as well as shared some fantastic stories
This was an exciting showing from GYCB, and a
number of the new lures are radically different in action versus the company's
current offerings. Both the Swimming Senko and the Shad Shape Worm make use of
proven Senko characteristics, but allow anglers to pursue fish with a completely
different set of techniques. Also highlighted were some of the new laminate
patterns from Derek Yamamoto at Kinami baits. These baits are becoming
increasingly popular in mainstream retail stores and bring the "Senko" design to
a whole new mix of anglers.
Section: River2Sea and the "Bachelor"