November 2016

7 Baits Sure To Please Any Angler This Holiday Season!

By Jim Root November 30, 2016 No comments


If you’ve already mastered the elusive art of spybaiting, then move on down and see our top picks for this year’s last minute gift bag. If you haven’t gained confidence in spinbaits yet it should be at the very top of your list of things to do in 2017 and a good way to be sure of that is to get a couple as gifts, and give some to a friend so you can learn together! The fact is people who have learned spybaiting are able to catch suspended fish better than anyone else, and serious anglers don’t like having a weakness that big in their game! To help you get started we’ve selected three of the top performing spinbaits for you to choose from. Any of them are solid pieces to your arsenal.

Duo Realis Spinbait 80

DUO Realis Spinbait 80

The guys at Duo Realis have long been considered one of the pioneers in spinbaits. The 80 is heavier than most spinbaits, which will allow it to cast further and reach deeper depths, while also preventing the bait from surfacing during the retrieve. The micro pulsation will create a feeding frenzy at all depths and trigger bites from bass in all bodies of water from small ponds to The Great Lakes.

Storm Arashi Spinbait

Storm Arashi Spinbait

The Storm Arashi Spinbait is a great lure for any angler looking to learn spybaiting techniques. It has unique Counter Rotating Propellers that are designed to assist the angler in feeling the bait during the retrieve while simultaneously insuring that the bait swims in a straight line. This bait has an incredible rolling action that is hard for fish to resist.

Jackall I Prop

Jackall I Prop

The Jackall iProp was designed to be fished at any level in the water column. But just because you can use it at any level doesn’t make it any less of a threat as a spinbait. These are some of the newest from Jackall and we’re hearing a lot of good things about them here at the shop. Jackall has been making high quality hardbaits for years and this one is no exception.

Blade Baits

A blade bait is a great gift for two reasons: they’re basically the number one bait for winter, and they won’t break your wallet. We fish these baits A LOT here in the Susquehanna River, and it’s not unusual to catch over 100 smallmouth a day on them. Those kind of numbers will make any angler ecstatic!

Silver Buddy

Silver Buddy Blade Bait

Look, we know this isn’t the sexiest bait you’ll see. But sometimes you gotta go with what works, and when the water dips below 42 degrees the Silver Buddy is really tough to beat. This bait will be on deck for us from now until the end of March and it’ll produce thousands of fish between now and then. Of all the fishing we do all year, this is by far the single most dominant lure there is in any season. When winter comes every angler needs a buddy!

Blitz Blade

Blitz Lures Blitz Blade

What’s really cool about the Blitz Blade is that it’s made out of zinc, which is lighter than lead, and more environmentally friendly. Being lighter allows the bait to fall more realistically than a lead blade. This is a great bait for open water ponds and lakes, or any other place where there is no current.

Other Baits

Jackall Gavacho Frog

Jackall Gavacho Frog

The Jackall Gavacho Frog is a hollow-body frog that is designed to trigger more strikes, and increase your hook-up ratio. Unlike other frogs this one has a unique design from the cup in the front to the three-dimensional body shaped housing in the rear for the hook. Getting more bites on a frog and sticking more of them is like a topwater dream come true. Froggers need this. Largemouth beware.

Spro Aruku Shad 

Spro Aruku Shad

This might be the nastiest lipless crankbait ever made. This bait is so dominant during every season that you’ll want to keep it tied on at all times. The Spro Aruku Shad is heavier than most lipless crankbaits, so you’ll be able to cast it a mile even into the heaviest winds, and you’ll be able to fish it deeper than the other lipless baits in its class. Aruku Shad is the most weedless of all lipless crankbaits, and has incredible sound, but it’s also really durable and will stand up to a beating better than most.