December 19th, 2015
CL Fishin – Serious About Big!by Sam Rankin February 26, 2013
As a tournament angler, I can certainly appreciate any hand made bait that’s geared towards the tournament guy; we’re tough critics and hard to please. So when I was told over and over by other tournament fishermen that CL Fishin has hand made the best spinnerbaits and jigs out there for the last 15 years, I knew I was in for something. And let me tell you, they do not disappoint. I wanted to take a few minutes to highlight and review some of my favourite products produced by CL Fishin.
CL Pro Willow Series
This is the bread and butter of the CL Fishin lineup. Coming in 1/2, 3/4 and 1 ounce sizes, the CL Pro Series comes with Willow blades and is constructed with heavy duty wire. The head is hand painted with ultra realistic eyes and has a ‘welded’ umbrella silicone skirt. The skirt extends out another inch or so, adding extra flare to help entice those finicky bass. It also has stainless steel swivels and added beads to provide a bit more colour to the bait. Finished off with an ultra sharp Mustad hook, this is a durable fish-catching machine! I know several anglers that have had 100+ fish days without bending or breaking this spinnerbait. It comes in multiple colours; I recommend the Sexy Shad Silver and the Bluegill Gold.
CL Fishin Jigs
Flippin jigs, swim jigs, shakin heads; these are three of the best products on the market in terms of quality and durability.
CL Pro Flippin Jig
Utilizing an oversized Mustad Ultra Point megabite hook, this flippin jig comes with two free swinging rattle chambers to help the bass hone in on your bait. Coming in multiple colours, in 1/2 and 3/4 ounce weights, this jig has a tapered semi-flat head and a nylon weedguard to help minimize hangups when you’re flippin that heavy cover. The owner of CL Fishin, Carl Linker, caught his personal best Largemouth, a 6.3 pound lunker, flippin heavy cover with this bait. If it can catch his personal best, it can surely help catch yours.
Made with the same care and quality components as the Pro Flippin Jig, CL Fishin’s Swimmin Jig is a 3/8th ounce swim jig that has no problem hooking lunkers. Made with realistic 3D eyes, a long ‘welded’ umbrella silicone skirt, this is a bait that is catching fish. It comes in the key fish-catching colours and should be a staple in your tacklebox.
CL Pro Shakin Head
Whether you use the shakin head as a finesse technique, or for flippin into cover, CL Fishin has you taken care of. Available in 1/4 oz., up to 3/4 oz. jigs, the Pro Shakin Head comes with a coil spring screw lock to help lock your bait to the head of the jig. Using a super sharp Gamakatsu hook, this jig for the serious fisherman comes with a durable, painted flat football head. The CL Pro Shakin head is one tough jig; great for smallmouth finesse fishing, or tying to crash into cover for largemouth.