Ioconelli teamed up with Marty Stone to design the new TruTungsten Mad Maxx frog.
Another new bait with TruTungsten and co-designed by Mike Ioconelli and Marty Stone is the Mad Maxx frog. It seems everyone had a new frog this year at the show, but what distinguishes the Mad Maxx from the others is the drain port on the back of the frog. It comes predrilled with a hole to
drain water on every cast eliminating the need to pull your frog up and squeeze it every fifth or sixth cast because it's full of water.
The Mad Maxx frog in profile view.
This hole is provided to help drain the bait on each back cast eliminating the need to squeeze water out of the bait after every fifth or sixth cast..
The Mad Maxx features a keel design hard bottom to enhance walking action and help increase hooking percentages by remaining rigid during a hit forcing the top of the bait to collapse, which in turn exposes the hooks even more for a proper hookset.
Another feature of this bait is the hard underbelly designed to enhance both hooksets and the walkability of the frog. Instead of both the top and bottom collapsing when a fish strikes, now only the top will collapse exposing the hooks to the fish's mouth and increasing your chance of hooking that fish. In addition, the hard bottom has contours in it similar to the design of a boat hull directing water to flow along its sides. Ike says this new design makes this frog extremely easy to walk.
Ike hams it up for the camera doing his best
imitation of a bass hitting the frog.
Lastly this bait features a tungsten rattle in the cavity of the bait giving it that extra bit of attention getting sound. The Mad Maxx will be available in ten (10) different colors and will retail for right around eight dollars ($8) a frog.
TruTungsten's new Mad Maxx frog shows a lot of promise.
Byron Velvick shows us TruTungsten's new saltwater circle hooks.
Finally, our last visit was with our good friend Byron Velvick. He was on hand to debut TruTungsten's new line of saltwater hooks of which Byron was most excited about the circle hooks that come
equipped with a rubber bait keeper to help keep your mullets in proper alignment with the hook to ensure a good hookset when a fish strikes.
Made for TruTungsten by Mittatchi, these hooks feature a very special enhancement spec'd by Velvick himself.
These adjustable stoppers help keep live bait in proper orientation to the hook increasing hook up percentages and decreasing your chances for lost fish.
Velvick has been spending a great deal of time fishing saltwater and is leveraging his bass fishing and tackle rigging skills to enhance deficiencies he's encountered in saltwater tackle during his pursuit of big game. He's also been busy tweaking TruTungsten's full sized swimbait for use in saltwater but the baits were not quite ready for display at ICAST 2009.
Mary jumps in with Byron showing her love for big baits too.
Conclusion: With each passing year it seems TruTungsten grows more and more aggressive with their offerings and the
extendibility of tungsten as a material replacement for lead. In this era where going green is as important to the practice of catch and release to save the future of our favorite past time, we applaud them for their efforts and look forward to checking out their new products in 2010.