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Spear WormS

M I n d a L u r e s ’ L aT e s T s O f T P L a s T I c B a I T

• Completely new design to the fishing industry that produces a graceful eel- type swimming motion.

• Bait produces more water displacement and flash to trigger more strikes.

Gotta have

• Can be fished both parallel and perpendicular to water surface, depending on how it’s rigged.

• Currently available in 4”, 7” and 10”versions. 12 hot colors!

My Stuff?

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confidence thing. Is hauling around all this “stuff” really necessary? This revelation in the world of quan- tum piscatorial “stuff” came as I was load- ing the BassCat for a weekend tournament that the wife and I were fishing. Not a high dollar affair, by any means, just a little one day, 25 boat, couples derby that we get to fish on the rare occasion that we’re home and the schedules line up. I really wasn’t paying too much atten- tion until I wanted to add one more box of crankbaits but didn’t have room. Did you hear what I said? I didn’t have room to put one more 3700 box in the front compartments. Have you seen the stor- age in a BassCat Puma? There’s a lot of space in there, and I had mine crammed full of “stuff.” It almost made my Costa’s fly off my face in surprise. I counted 48 boxes of differ- ent sizes in the front three stor- age compartments containing various crankbaits, Zoom plastics and Jewel jigs. More “stuff” in the rod box on the starboard side, and more in the storage behind the seat. I remember thinking at the time “This is crazy. How much does this “stuff” weigh?” I went to get the scales, and would you believe 150 pounds? I had the equivalent of a full grown man

stashed in the front of the BassCat. That didn’t include the weight of my St.Croix and Ardent rod and reel combos (another 15 pounds), the spare MotorGuide (an- other 27 pounds) in the starboard rod box along with the anchor, and enough Vicious fishing line to spool half the field for a day. Again, did I really need all this “stuff”? Did I really need to carry 46 DD22’s stuffed in that 3730 with the lid that would barely latch? Maybe I could just carry one of each color I felt I would need in the boat and the rest in the truck. What if I lost the one I was using? Oh, the dilemma of tackle selection. It’s like a drug – a guy’s gotta have his “stuff” with him at all times. Don’t leave home without your “stuff”. I gam- bled on one of each color and as it turned out, we never even threw a DD22. But I had them, just in case the deep crankin’ bite was on. Flipping through some of the boxes, I was surprised at how many of the baits I had never thrown. I haul many of them from coast to coast and border to border chasing little green fish and they never leave the comforts of the plastic boxes where they reside. I seem to catch fish ev- erywhere we visit on the Elite Series trail with the same handful of baits that would probably all fit in eight boxes instead of 48. I still buy new baits, stuff the compart- ments of the BassCat full, and lug around way too much “stuff”. Maybe I need to thin out some of the “stuff” and get down to the basics of what I know I need to have in the boat for every day on the water. That might not be such a good idea, as I’ll probably need a bigger boat to hold all the “stuff” I think I’ll need. In case you’re wondering, Kerry and I caught all our fish in the derby on four different crankbaits on four different rods. We could have left everything else on the bank and shaved 146 pounds of weight off the boat and been nicer to my Mercury Pro XS – I just gotta have that “stuff” though, man! bw

many of us are guilty of packing too much “stuff” in our boats? 866-649-2941 Crankbaits, spinnerbaits, swimbaits, jigs, frogs, topwater, rubber worms, rubber liz- ards, weights, hooks; the list is P.O. Box tungsten 1246, Kennedale, TX 76060 almost endless. Bass fishermen have to have a lot of “stuff,” don’t we? We can’t be caught without just the right color crankbait that runs just the right depth with just the right wiggle, now can we? All those spinnerbaits have to go along on every trip, too. We have to have the right color skirt with the right color blades on every trip, whether we throw a blade or not – has to be in the boat. It’s a




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