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The Swimbait Craze was in full effect as new baits were showcased at the Sacramento ISE (continued)

Black Dog Bait Co.: Also among the Swimbait Nation crew were our friends from Black Dog Bait Company, founders Jeremy Andersen and Grant Olguin. They showed us the sinking version of their popular Shellcracker bait (a hand carved, wood bait with glass eyes) along with the Red Ear Sunfish color variation. They also shared that more colors are in the works including crappie and tilapia imitations.


The team at Black Dog shows us both versions of their Shellcrackers


The original Shellcraker in Bluegill pattern, and the new Red Ear Sunfish side by side


Just one of the planned color variations for the Shellcraker, this is the Red Ear Sunfish


Markey’s Lure Company: Need a method to store all your swimbaits? We got a close up look at the Markey’s Big Bait Box – a modified Plano 3700 box available with either one hanging bar for large swimbaits (eight inches and over), or two hanging bars for the smaller swimbaits.


Markey’s Big Bait Box is a smart way to store your valuable swimbaits


Shown here is the small bait box, with two bars securely mounted in a tall Plano 3700


The bars feature fixed spaced hangars to keep your baits secure and unkinked while in storage


It was a welcome surprise to see such a wealth of swimbaits represented at the Sacramento ISE. The new baits are no bigger then they were a year ago, but they certainly look better. With more and more anglers having success fishing swimbaits manufacturers and designers have focused their attention on quality. Quality of realism both in design and finish as well as lifelike swimming action.


ISE coverage isn't done yet...stay tuned for more in our next article. 











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