Koppers exciting new freshwater
lures includes a Killer Field Mouse
Introduction: We can always count on Koppers to introduce new and
exciting lures and this year was no different. The company is probably best
known for their hardbaits but for two years in a row the company has now won
Best of Show awards in the softbait category. We take a look at the new Koppers
freshwater lures first, including the very realistic (and cute) Field Mouse.
Koppers introduces their first
topwater mouse lure
Field Mouse: As with all their lures Koppers goes to great lengths
to create a more realistic looking bait and their new "Field Mouse" topwater
bait is just about the most realistic hollow bodied rat/mouse we have ever seen.
This floating bait will be available in two sizes, 3" and 3 1/2" and is designed
to target Bass and Pike in heavy cover. This weedless mouse can be skirted right
across the water or in the hands of skilled topwater anglers can be walked side
to side. Like hollow bodied frogs the Field Mouse is armed with a dual hook that
is positioned alongside the body for extra weedlessness.
The details are exceptional, and
while anglers may want to reach out and pet them Bass will no doubt view they as
a tasty treat as they walk over the surface
The lure looks very realistic from just about
every angler and the team at Koppers actually studied the behavior of mice and
noticed they swim with their heads arched upwards, this is perfectly translated
into the bait. This lure may look cute but bass that strike this bait are sure
to get a rude awakening. There will be four patterns available including
Brown/white, White/White, Grey/White, and Black/White and each bait will retail
for $10.49 and become available this Fall.
The new Squarebill Bluegill is
designed to get in tight where the fish are
Squarebill Bluegill: Koppers also introduced a new addition to
their Bluegill line with the Squarebill (flat-side) lures. These lures are
designed to go exactly where the bluegills naturally are, close to structure.
Juvenile fish prefer to hide near weeds, grass, or timber and the new squarebill
can get into the thick of it without hanging up. There will be two sizes 2 3/8"
and 2 3/4" and will retail for $12.99 each.
Koppers introduces new Trout
Trout: There are a lot of swimbaits out there but there are not many
hardbaits that realistically mimic trout. When you look at the Koppers Trout you
might question just why the colors seem a little different. These lures are
designed not to catch fishermen but really catch fish and feature patterns and
sizes that look like "young of the year trout."
...designed to mimic early stage
trout Fry and Parr
Koppers distinguishes these baits in two different
stages of their early lifecycle, the Fry and the Parr an matched these two
forages nicely. The fry comes in a slow sinking model while the larger Parr is
available in a shallow diving floating version. The Parr also features a weight
transfer system for longer casts. The lures are available in Rainbow and
Brown Trout patterns and are fished like jerkbaits. These baits will vary in
size from 2" to 4" and will retail for $11.99-$14.99 depending on size.
New smaller Hollow Body Frogs for
Hollow Body Frog: Also new at the show is a miniature version of
the company's popular Hollow Body Frog. This frog is only 1 3/4" in size and is
designed for times when the fish just want something smaller or when it is
critical to match the hatch. Like the previous frogs the mini version is
extremely detailed and Koppers has also introduced new patterns including
Fluorescent Green/Yellow, Brown/Fluorescent Yellow, Tan/Yellow, and
Black/Yellow. These new smaller frogs will retail for $10.49 each.
The Crawfish get upgraded colors
Crawfish: One of Koppers original baits and most popular, the
crawfish, gets an upgrade this year with a wide range of new colors/patterns.
Both the lipless rattlebait and crankbait versions are now more realistic than
they have ever been and are available in patterns that really allow anglers to
match the prey in the water. Just some of the striking new colors are Red/Black,
Brown/Blue, and Ghost/Green.
it is now easier than ever to
match the hatch
These new colors are great for different types of
water and I can already see California Delta bass gobbling up the Red/Black
pattern like candy. These new patterns all retail for $12.99 each.
Tom Chopin shows us the Award
Winning Koppers Field Mouse
Last year we talked to Pro Angler Byron Velvick about Kopper's
freshwater baits and while Koppers had an extremely strong showing in freshwater
they were not done there, not by a long shot. The company made a major push into
saltwater as well and the new lures for salt feature all of the same detail and
quality you expect out of the Koppers - Live Target brand. Stay tuned for more
Koppers baits designed specifically for inshore, nearshore, and offshore