Angler Jared Lintner debuts his new Shaky Fins Shad Swimbait
Jared had had a limited
number of these baits for his own use thus far and provided a few to a number of
his tournament fishing colleagues who have also caught fish on them. He is
hoping to get more in time for his trip back east to the next round of Elite
Series events. Jared showed me one of the baits he had caught multiple fish on
and while I could see tearing around the top of the bait surrounding the buried
hook point the rest of the bait looked like it was holding together nicely.
The baby bass pattern. Jared
remarked how many baby bass swimbaits are actually miniature mature bass and he
wanted a pattern that looked more like a true juvenile bass
When I tugged on the bait
I could tell they were very durable, even the thin fins didnít rip off easily.
Jared also pointed out that they went with an extra large screw so that it would
not rip out of the bait and render the swimbait unusable just after one fish. To
prove this he rotated one in and pulled aggressively on the hook which stretched
the entire swimbait without dislodging the wire.
The bottom of the swimbait has a
opening for the hook
The Shaky Fins Shad will
be available in five different patterns which include shad and trout patterns,
and all will share the same profile. Each pack will come with two swimbaits and
one weighted hook, and while a retail price has not yet been determined the
lures will be available at Tackle Warehouse in a few weeks.
Even smaller bass can inhale this
modestly sized swimbait
At this point Brad had
landed a few fish with a spinnerbait while Rich had successfully caught fish on
plastics and JIP had cranked up one with a Norman DLN. It looked like everything
was working but the problem was all that was being caught were small females or
even smaller males, and the biggest fish thus far was in the two pound class.
Jared with a nicer fish
Rich like JIP and I was
also busy evaluating products, and was fishing a rod from a brand that TW was
still evaluating to bring in. JIP was testing a new e21 rod equipped with Micro
Guides and I was fishing two new Shimano Cumulus rods. It turns out Jared was
doing a little rod testing of his own and was fishing a new prototype from
Powell that he was also working on as a possible addition to the TW exclusive
Rich works the flats while Brad
lands a fish
Back to the competition at
hand, we moved up and down the different arms of lake and even fished for a few
minutes in deeper water near the dam. Jared continued to throw the Shaky Fins
Swimbait and was rewarded with a three and a half pounder near one of the coves,
and it was here that we saw some really big fish sitting on beds. Jared
estimated some of the fish were as big as eight pounds but they were not fully
locked onto beds and would spook as we approached them. The further back into
the cove we got the warmer the water temperature and the more fish we saw
sitting on beds.
Nick and Jared work a bed fish
while Rich, JIP and Brad fish a nearby point
We pounded a few of the
fish with a combination of jigs, crawfish imitators and Reaction Innovation
Beavers. A few of the fish were eager to attack even when we were literally
right on top of them and there were others that were completely lockjawed. Jared
and Nick tag teamed one six pound fish for over thirty minutes and she flared up
on just about every bait imaginable but never once charged or bit.
Rich boat flips a quality fish