• Lure Review

    LiveTarget Sunfish

    LiveTarget Sunfish

    Apparently startled, certainly rattled, a small, injured bream swam to the surface, zigged and zagged in the scattered grass, jumped a little and landed sideways before continuing to move erratically until it settled back into the water to meet its fate.

    June 27, 2016 at 9:00am
    The Matrix Mini allows anglers to scratch the angling itch when trout are lethargic.

    The Matrix Mini

    Chas Champagne wishes it would have been as simple as pointing a futuristic-looking device at one of the most-popular speckled trout soft plastics on the market and reducing the size significantly, like in the 1989 movie “Honey, I Shrunk the Kids.”

    May 26, 2016 at 9:00am
    Paul Elias caught the biggest redfish of his life out of Venice using the new Monster Reel’N’Shad.

    Monster Reel'N'Shad a huge fish-catcher

    Make no mistake about it, the Monster Reel’N’Shad is a monstrous swim bait — one Mann’s Bait Co. proudly introduced to the market in January.

    The latest in the artificial lure manufacturer’s Reel’N’Shad series provides just more than 9 inches of pulsating, swimming action from a durable soft plastic that doesn’t have a paddletail or extra hardware to make it swim realistically.

    Its patent-pending design is unique and triggers bites from bass, redfish, stripers, lemonfish and even tarpon.

    April 25, 2016 at 9:00am
    When Bassmaster Elite pro Brandon Palaniuk fishes the Classic at Grand Lake in Oklahoma this month he’ll have a box of Wiggle Warts with him.

    Storm Wiggle Warts

    The importance of realistic, crawfish patterns is well known to Bassmaster Elite pro, and Brandon Palaniuk proved it on his way to finishing second in the 2013 Bassmaster Classic on Grand Lake in Oklahoma.

    March 24, 2016 at 9:00am

    The Egret Wedgetail Eel

    When Cowboy Outdoors decided to make a big, wedge-tailed soft-plastic artificial lure strictly a saltwater bait, speckled trout fishermen along the country’s coast benefitted big time.

    February 25, 2016 at 9:00am
    The BUZZ Bug, a versatile soft plastic made by Mister Twister, hits the market this month.

    Mister Twister BUZZ Bug

    Mister Twister’s BUZZ Bug, which the Louisiana company plans to introduce at the beginning of 2016, was in the right place at the right time to make a name for itself before it ever hit the market.

    January 28, 2016 at 9:00am
    The DeepJerk Minnow

    The DeepJerk Minnow

    Saltwater fishermen who love to fish coastal and inshore waters for speckled trout and redfish soon will have a new weapon: the DeepJerk Minnow from Mann’s Bait Company in Eufala, Ala.

    December 29, 2015 at 9:00am
    The YUM Bad Mamma soft plastic creature bait.

    YUM Bad Mamma

    If you’ve seen one soft plastic creature bait and you’ve seen them all. Right?

    November 26, 2015 at 9:00am

    Stanley’s Ribbit Runt

    Ann Thomasson Wilson knows a good artificial lure when she sees one.

    October 27, 2015 at 9:00am

    BKB Swim Jigs

    A Kansas bass angler is doing more than holding his own on the Bassmaster Elite Series circuit.

    September 28, 2015 at 9:00am
    Live Target Rigged Shrimp

    Live Target Rigged Shrimp

    When Live Target Lures decided it was time for fishermen and fish to fall in love with a soft-plastic shrimp imitation, it turned to R&D dream team leader Victor Cook.

    August 27, 2015 at 9:00am
    Trout Trailers should be in 100 stores this summer.

    Trout trailers

    Success, as usual in the artificial lure manufacturing business — or anything else, for that matter —  begats success.

    July 29, 2015 at 8:45am
    Zell Rowland holds up a bass caught on the YUM Sharp Shooter.

    YUM’s Kill Shot, Warning Shot and Sharp Shooter

    Take it from a Bassmaster Elite pro bass fisherman who is serious about his drop-shot and finesse worm fishing: three soft plastics introduced by YUM Baits at the 2014 ICast are going to be deadly tantalizing to bass from California to his home state of Florida.

    June 25, 2015 at 9:00am
    Brandon Palaniuk tested the Rapala Shadow Rap jerkbait and said it’s a definite winner.

    Rapala Shadow Rap

    Rapala last introduced a jerkbait around 2000.

    The Finland artificial lure manufacturer got back in the swim of things in a resounding way, although it was a well-kept secret, during the 2015 Bassmaster Classic on Lake Hartwell near Greenville, S.C.

    May 28, 2015 at 9:00am
    Legendary bass and inshore angler Bernie Schultz helped design the Hildebrandt Drum Roller.

    Hildebrandt Drum Roller

    Want a unique and improved spinnerbait on your side when you go redfish fishing for pleasure or for money?

    April 29, 2015 at 9:00am
    Tom Mann Jr. of Florida holds a 9-pound bass he caught in mid-December on a YamaFrog by Gary Yamamoto Custom Baits.

    Gary Yamamoto Custom Baits’ YamaFrog

    Christmas came early for one of the most-accomplished professional bass anglers in his era.

    March 31, 2015 at 9:00am