• Lure Review

    This slab crappie also inhaled a Cajun Lures’ Slim Jimmy.

    Slim Jimmys

    Before there was a Cooyon Croaker, Kaplan-based Cajun Lures probably was best known for the little soft plastic that slayed sac-a-lait here, there and everywhere.

    September 27 at 9:00am
    Almost all game species will fall for the Zombie RIP Stik.

    Zombie RIP Stik

    The RIP in Egret Baits’ new Zombie RIP Stik doesn’t stand for “rest in peace,” although it could.

    August 27 at 9:00am
    William Flournoy caught this 8 ½-pound bass on one of his Uncle Lonnie Stanley’s new Stanley Standup Football Jigs at Lake Sam Rayburn.

    The Stanley Standup Football Jig

    Lonnie Stanley does more than talk a good bass fishing game; he makes solid baits, too.

    The East Texas native who lives in Huntington, Texas, home of Stanley Jigs, has been making artificial lures for more than 30 years that are good enough for the pros to catch bass on, which “makes it a lot easier for the regular guy to catch fish,” Stanley told bassfishingarchives.com in 2015.

    July 27 at 9:00am
    Californian ‘Bub’ Tosh caught this nice bass on a Sanshouo soft plastic last year during a bass tournament in Japan. He finished seventh in the BATNET Classic.

    The Sanshouo

    Gary Yamamoto Custom Baits’ (GYCB) latest hot lure, the Sanshouo, almost didn’t make it off the cutting room floor.

    June 23 at 9:00am
    The Cajun Lures Cooyon Croaker is made to have maximum disturbance during the retrieve.

    The Cooyon Croaker

    Zach Dubois, 24, has a highly successful sac-a-lait grub on the market and recently introduced the Cooyon Croaker, a plastic frog sure to appeal to bass fishermen wherever bass eat frogs.

    Dubois said he fields many comments about his relative youth in the artificial lure manufacturing business. He realizes many people have been established in the market 40 to 80 years.

    May 30 at 9:00am
    The Storm 360GT Searchbait isn’t just a bass lure. It also will catch trout and redfish.

    The 360GT Searchbait

    1999 Bassmaster Classic champion Davy Hite hopped in Bassmater Elite Series pro Jacob Wheeler’s boat on the final day before a tow vehicle took it from Cherokee Lake to the weigh-in Feb. 12.

    Hite’s “First Look with Davy Hite: Jacob Wheeler” is all about what the top contenders were throwing in the Elite.

    April 27 at 9:00am
    The Crappie Ammo BBs are loaded with the scent.

    Crappie Ammo

    After one bait was put on the market in late January, people who go after crappie won’t be fishing for the tasty panfish so much as hunting for them with Crappie Ammo.

    March 27 at 10:45am
    LiveTarget’s Swimbait Series threadfin shad

    LiveTarget’s Swimbait Series

    LiveTarget, with its industry-leading designs and award-winning artificial lures, has added to its growing family with soft-plastic swimbaits that — even in their earliest stages of design — fool the forage fish they resemble so closely.

    February 22 at 11:30am
    Matrix Minnow results can put a smile on the face of anglers young and old.

    The Matrix Minnow

    One good hard bait deserves another, and that is what Chas Champagne of Slidell has done with the introduction this month of the Matrix Minnow.

    January 26 at 9:00am
    The Arashi Spinbait is a finesse lure that drives suspended bass to eat.

    Storm’s Arashi Spinbait

    What looks like a topwater prop bait but isn’t because it does its work underwater to entice suspending bass?

    The answer is Storm’s Arashi Spinbait, which made its grand appearance at this year’s ICAST show.

    December 19, 2016 at 1:10pm
    The concave nose, paddle feet and tough double hook of the Poppn’ Toad make a deadly combination.

    Stanley’s Poppn’ Toad

    Stanley’s Poppn’ Toad, a hollow body soft-plastic frog with a pronounced cup in the nose, is going places.

    November 24, 2016 at 9:00am
    Elizabeth Ward holds the first bass she caught on her own. It hit one of her father’s CW Custom Lures spinnerbaits.

    C.W. Custom Lures - This spinnerbait moves smoothly through grass

    A small profile can make a big difference. That's why Clint Ward makes a spinnerbait from scratch to satisfy the needs of both anglers and bass.

    October 24, 2016 at 9:00am
    The wider profile and heart-shaped tail give this bait a distinctive wobble and kick.

    Heart Tail Swimbaits

    Gary Yamamoto Custom Baits keeps raising the bar higher and higher with each entry into the artificial lure manufacturing industry.

    For example, owner Gary Yamamoto is proud of the fairly new Heart Tail Swimbait.

    September 22, 2016 at 9:00am
    Rapala’s Shadow Rap Shad

    Rapala’s Shadow Rap Shad

    Rapala, one of the most-recognizable and respected brands in the artificial lure manufacturing business, introduced a jerkbait at the 2015 Bassmaster Classiic.

    This spring, the company followed up with another jerkbait in the series that stands out from any others: Bass haven’t seen an artificial lure move like the Shadow Rap Shad.

    August 29, 2016 at 9:00am
    Delta Lures’ Thunder Blade is taking off because of the vibrating jig’s quality components and fish-catching abilities.

    Thunder Jigs - Buddies started Delta Lures to recreate their favorite baits

    LaPlace is the home of Delta Lures and the Thunder Jig, among other artificial lures being made by two serious bass fishermen.

    July 26, 2016 at 9:00am
    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