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MATTLURES TOURNAMENT SERIES

Arguably Matt Servant’s best swimming baits to date, the Tournament Series are extremely well- balanced to run true at all speeds and still have great action at even the slowest retrieves. Designed to sit upright on the bottom with little to no effort. They’re right at 6 inches long and weigh from 2 to 2-1/4 oz, depending upon species. Made with Mustad Ultra Point hooks and an eyelet on the belly for an optional stinger hook. MSRP: $15.99 each or 3 for $44.99. www.mattlures.com

OWNER NERVOUS REX, WOUNDED MINNOW AND WACKY JIG HEAD

NERVOUS REX Nervous typi es what every angler wants their bait to be as a trophy sh closes in. Features include lifelike detailing, a great side to side darting action, and a tail that quivers in the stillest of environments. Slits on top of the bait for weedless applications and on bottom for hook-setting ease. Measures 5.9 inches long. Shown rigged on Owner TwistLOCK Centering Pin Spring hook. 4 per pack.

WOUNDED MINNOW The most unique way to rig the 3.5” long Wounded Minnow is with Owner’s Wacky Jig Head in through the side of the bait so that when twitched, the bait swims 90 degrees (sideways) from the angler, and may be maneuvered sideways into interesting areas. Also can be rigged Texas style, with traditional jigheads or wacky dropshot. Qty: 6 pack.

Upon weighing a sh, anglers can quickly determine where WACKY JIG HEAD their catch ranks without having to toggle through multiple For 2011, features a newly redesigned, weed-shedding head shape, screen displays and/or modes. This condensed operation hook and two-prong wireguard. Shown rigged in the Wounded Minnow makes culling and other weight management tasks a time-sav- so it will swim sideways. 1/32, 1/16, 1/8, 3/16 oz, all 1/0. Qty: 4 pack. ing breeze for tournament contenders. The Tournament Model Owner American Corporation www.ownerhooks.com weighs up 15 lbs per sh and also includes 8 numbered cull tags with lip-gripping stainless steel clips. A backlit display, air temperature sensor, and storage bag with sewn-in instructions are a few more features packed into this one. www.rapala.com

RAPALA TOUCH SCREEN SCALE

Readers who’ve had a chance to try this braid are saying that they like it. Win- ner of the ICAST 2010 Best of Show award in the line category. Some bene ts of Su x 832 are said to be improved casting distance, increased abrasion resistance and a fast sink rate. Su x 832 incorporates Gore performance ber within its weave. For those who are curious, the name “832” is derived from 8 bers (7 Dyneema® plus 1 GORE® Performance Fiber) and 32 weaves per inch. The 832 weaving process allows the line to be constructed closer to a true round shape. www.sufi x.com

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