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ICAST PRODUCT REVIEWS
BassWestUSA brought together three editorial friends and colleagues to present our readers with their favorites from ICAST. Alan Clemons, a respected veteran fishing industry journalist, and Editor of The Fishing Wire, Terry Brown, another industry stalwart and President of Wired2Fish, and Dan O’Sullivan, BassWestUSA’s Field Editor and Marketing Manager. Picking a handful of new lures from the wealth of presentations wasn’t easy, but here are those that caught their eyes.
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The design looks so simple one wonders whether it could at- tract a bass. But looks are deceiving and this latest Rage Series addition indeed will lure Mr. Largemouth. It’s 5 inches long with a pliable body capable of holding a 4/0 hook trailed by an undulating tail with the charac- teristic “Rage” lip on the edge. With even minimal action the tail wiggles wildly. Work it on top or on a Carolina-rig, or even as Texas- rigged pitch bait.
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If you like throwing lip- less crankbaits and remember the days when an inline spinner or tail-spin bait was in your tackle arsenal, Sebile’s hot little hybrid bait will be worth a hard look. The body is carefully designed to resemble a bait fish and is made of bismuth, a dense and non-toxic metal used to make hunting ammunition, among other things. The Spin Shad’s realism is sharp, with a great body (which has a treble hook on the belly) taper- ing to a tail to which a swivel is molded. A split ring holds a second treble and flashy minnow-shaped blade that swings and looks like a trailing baitfish. Weights will be about 3/4 and 1 1/2 ounces, so you can work the Spin Shad in deep situations.
If you’re a fan of creature baits for pitching, Texas-rigging or even Carolina- rigging, the new Mad Paca (and smaller Baby Mad Paca) can’t be ignored because they feature the flapping action that the Paca Craw is famous for. They come in 5.5- and 4.5-inch sizes with a solid body designed with two small upper arms, the claws at the rear and a pair of thin curly tail trailers coming out of the tail. Throw them by themselves or add the Mad Paca to a jig as a trailer, and hang on.
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Veteran pro angler Ish Monroe of California tweaked the popular Snag Proof frog to his specifications and pro- duced a winner. Outstanding features include a heavier weight – about .67 of an ounce – set in the rear to make the nose ride higher, a flatter profile and legs set farther back and centered on the rear for a sleeker profile. Two other super tweaks are a tighter seal at the nose and a sealed internal tube surrounding the dual Gamakatsu EWG hook shanks to keep water from entering the body, eight new colors include Sexy Ish, Iced Out and Buck Nasty.
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These plastic boxes and internal sealable tubs are de- signed for baits such as Big Bait Baits, Gulp! and Trigger-X to keep messes at a minimum. The Liqua-Bait systems are air and water tight with tough sealable lids and even have a “bait grabber” so you don’t have to stick your fingers in the juice.
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