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ICAST 2020 Coverage


Not Murder Hornets but Evergreen's Gizmo Bait Promises Topwater Mayhem


Date: 7/7/20
Location: Virtual Event
Admission: Industry Only
Manufacturer: Evergreen
Reviewer: Zander

Introduction: Murder hornets? Why not? It is 2020 after all. Evergreen will introduce US anglers to a deviation from classic topwaters with the new Gizmo insect styled bait this ICAST. With a weedguard and rubber legs and appendages this monster of a little bait looks like a nightmarish cross between a spider and a wasp, and while that probably isn't something anglers like to come across it is designed to mimic two creatures that are on the menu for bass and other panfish.


Meet Evergreen's latest topwater bait, the Gizmo


The Gizmo: Designed to match the profile of a wasp, or other near water insect, the Gizmo is a floating bait that is constructed out of elastomer so that it can withstand brutal strikes. Each bait measures 40mm in length and weighs in at a mere 3.0 grams, making it best fished on spinning gear, or a bait-finesse setup.


The Suzumebaci pattern is straight up Murder Hornet


This bait has actually been available overseas, but next week marks the official introduction into the U.S. domestic market. Anglers that have fished the bait in Japan describe the bait's effectiveness twitched versus popping or walking it like traditional topwater frogs.


The Pearl White pattern should be good for many applications


Ideal conditions for this bait is to cast it around vegetation like lily pads, bullrushes, weeds, as well as near fallen timber. Some anglers also use the bait in open water conditions, mimicking an insect that has fallen in the water and is struggling to escape.



Each bait is armed with a single hook under the abdomen


Each bait is pre-rigged with a single hook that protrudes beneath the lure's abdomen. There is a small weight that strategically positioned in the rear of the bait so the abdomen rests downwards beneath the surface and the head is inline with the skirted elements for a more realistic presentation, and one that maximizes vibration during twitches.


The Tombo pattern looks like giant ant, spider, or some other nightmarish bug I'd normally prefer not to meet. I'm sure bass will love it


In total there will be eight patterns available, and while most are solid in color there is one (Suzumebaci) that pretty accurately mimics a hornet or wasp with the alternating yellow and black colors. It will be interesting to see how bass react to this bait in the U.S., and if you are a fan of topwater strikes the Gizmo might just do the trick.









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