• Lure Review

    The Lunkerhunt Lunker Frog and Pocket Frog are designed to look and act like real frogs.

    Lunker Frog

    There is a soft-plastic frog so lifelike in detail that the legs possess a kicking motion no self-respecting bass can resist, a soft-plastic frog that captures the confidence of bass anglers everywhere and also reigns supreme as the ICAST Best Soft Lure of 2013.

    January 30, 2014 at 9:00am
    The Vortex Shad comes in dual colors and a big V-shaped tail that wobbles, driving fish crazy.

    The Vortex Shad

    A veteran saltwater fishing guide who says he fishes with soft plastics 99 percent of the year always reaches for a bag of soft plastics he has the utmost confidence in when he’s out on the water.

    December 31, 2013 at 9:00am
    One of the coolest features about the Fat Boy is that it can be walked under the surface — and that drives big trout crazy.

    The Fat Boy

    Paul Brown’s Fat Boys are still kicking, slowly twitching underwater, tantalizing and catching saltwater fish after the proven soft plastic was bought in the late 2000s.

    November 28, 2013 at 9:00am
    The Boo Series provides the same advantages of an Umbrella Rig while staying legal for use in tournaments.

    Booyah Boo Series

    Two of America’s bass fishing legends turned artificial lure designers realized soon after the umbrella rig craze subsided somewhat that, indeed, the almighty mousetrap could be improved.

    October 23, 2013 at 9:00am
    The Flip’n OUT will tempt big bass, as some tournament anglers testing prototypes learned.

    Mister Twister Flip’n OUT

    The Mister Twister Flip’n OUT, the latest in soft plastic creature baits, were scheduled to go on the market the first week of August.

    September 30, 2013 at 9:00am
    Bass Kandi’s Croaker is the latest in the fake frog offerings.

    Bass Kandi Croaker

    With the very large number of plastic frogs on the racks and shelves for bass fishermen to choose from, who would’ve thunk to add another one to the mix?

    August 30, 2013 at 9:00am
    The Arbogast Buzz Plug has fish-catching abilities despite it’s strange — OK, plain ugly — look.

    Arbogast Buzz Plug

    Just when you thought you might, just might have seen it all as far as artificial lures designed to fool bass, well — you know what they said about just when you thought it was safe to go back in the water.
    July 30, 2013 at 9:00am
    The new Vudu Shrimp has become popular since its introduction earlier this year because of it’s lifelike appearance.

    Vudu Shrimp

    Can an artificial lure — a soft plastic — outfish a natural creature? That day has arrived and it’s like magic, hence lure’s name, thanks to Ken Chaumont of Lacassine.
    June 27, 2013 at 9:00am
    Catching fish on topwater is a blast, and the Stanley Top Toad will call them up.

    Stanley Top Toad

    A leading artificial lure manufacturer’s newest pride and joy jumped like a real frog to the forefront of bass fishing circles in and around Louisiana very quickly in early 2013.
    May 29, 2013 at 9:00am
    The Matrix Shad provide great fish-catching ability because of its soft, action-packed body.

    The Matrix Shad

    There are sound reasons behind the growing success of one of the hottest soft plastics for saltwater and, even, freshwater fish from Biloxi, Miss., to Houma and beyond in the Sportsman’s Paradise.
    April 29, 2013 at 9:00am
    Bass Trap spinnerbaits are unique because they give off maximum vibration with a thicker wire.

    Bass Trap back in action

    A machinist’s touch has made all the difference in the world to a spinnerbait made in the Sportsman’s Paradise. Just ask some bass anglers by the name of Shaw Grigsby and Kevin Van Dam, who make sure they get their hands on the lure any time they get to Louisiana. Or ask accomplished Louisiana bass angler Jamie Laiche of Gonzales.
    March 21, 2013 at 9:00am
    Bass Kandi’s Coastal Crippler is making a big splash in saltwater circles of the Louisiana coast.

    Bass Kandi’s Coastal Crippler

    Mike “Redbone” Holland of Ragley, who owns Bass Kandi Baits — a Southwest Louisiana artificial lure manufacturing company specializings in soft plastics — and his 11-year-old son Payton were deer hunting the week before Christmas near Kerrville, Texas.
    February 27, 2013 at 9:00am
    The new Vision Prop Limited Edition Buzz Bait offers different sounds and versatility that drives bass crazy.

    Vision Prop Limited Edition Buzz Bait

    Leave it to someone with great vision for designing artificial lures to put a “boat prop-style” blade on a buzz bait that consistently catches bass coast to coast.

    This Vision Lures’ Vision Prop Limited Edition Buzz Bait is the latest in a line of innovative buzz baits made by David Trantham in Springfield, Mo. Trantham’s Honeybuzz buzz baits have been triggering strikes since the mid-2000s.
    January 28, 2013 at 9:00am