October 10th, 2014
Spearheaded by Megabass Canada’s Theo Cheng, and pro staffer Nick Cousvis, the exclusive Vision Oneten and Vision Oneten+1 GLX Northern Secret jerkbait colorway was developed specifically for clear northern waters, in careful collaboration with Megabass artisans in Hamamatsu, Japan.
Drawing upon the success of Megabass’ transparent GLX patterns and the original Elegy Bone colorway, the GLX Northern Secret features a semi-transparent dusky green back with an iridescent purple sheen, fading into transparent sides with a dusting of pearl/purple and scattered gold fleck. The belly features a base coat of chartreuse and a topcoat of pearl, which creates a uniquely elegant flash of chartreuse visible through the Oneten’s clear sides when it darts and dances in the water. Theo Chen explained the reasoning behind the color pattern and what waters this exclusive bait was meant to be fished in:
We wanted to target big clear water Smallmouth lakes such as the Great Lakes and inland lakes like Simcoe. Our goal was something very natural, but with a twist. Purple/green base and GLX pattern which in this case is a minimal amount of gold fleck to reflect light, but a transparent body to keep it subtle. The pearl belly which is very natural and the Chartreuse insert is the twist, offering a quick bright flash especially when the bait is worked aggressively.
Our team had the opportunity to speak with the team at Megabass Canada about this exclusive release. We were wondering why not just increase the colors offered?
Megabass’ Theo Chen told us, “We wanted limited quantities to make it unique to Canada only! As anglers we love the fact that once they are sold, they are sold! These patterns are, as all Megabass baits very unique; but will be even more so when the stock is gone! Megabass as a company has a rich history of limited run colour patterns that add to the mystique.”
The release of this limited edition color begs the question: why should I seek THIS color pattern? I’ve been doing okay on my regular colors, so what’s the big deal? Theo told us that the Northern Secret had 100’s of hours of on the water testing and that all of the Megabass GLX patterns are proven fish catchers.
“Colour plays a big role in Smallmouth fishing, particularly in clear water conditions such as the Great Lakes, and we wanted a GLX pattern that had a more subtle than flashy look and we believe we achieved just that with the Northern Secret! You might find similar patterns, but none like it and it will definitely put fish in the boat. The angler that won the 2016 FLW Costa 1000 Islands Open used our GLX Northern Reaction colourway (2016 Canadian Exclusive colour) to catch several key fish so we definitely did something right! It was never just about making a new colour, but more about creating a pattern that is specific to our waters and a real producer! I think we achieved that and we believe the GLX Norther Secret will be as good if not better!”
There is no indication there will be more limited edition releases of lures; however Megabass seems to love releasing limited edition runs of our favorite baits. For those of you interested in getting one of these Northern Secret lures, they will be available in February 2017 at the Spring Fishing & Boat Show in Toronto, and select Canadian shops. This color will be produced only once, in limited quantities and retails for $29.99 CAD. For those of you in the U.S, sorry! Megabass hasn’t announced any plans to make this bait available domestically, you’ll just have to engage in some cross border shopping!
Good luck, and tight lines!
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Grant is the Founder of AnglingAuthority.com. While he primarily fishes for large mouth and small mouth bass, he’s passionate about sport fishing in general and an avid multispecies angler. Learning about new tactics, gear, species and conditions is all part of what makes the sport challenging and enjoyable. Grant also loves to travel, particularly to prime fishing destinations. Grant participates in regional tournaments and is a proud pro staff member of State Apparel, Power-Pole and Gambler Lures. Grant is a member of B.A.S.S, Canadian Bass Anglers Federation and Ontario Federation of Anglers & Hunters.More by Grant Pentiricci