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Tackle Grab Unboxing – April 2013by Grant Pentiricci April 27, 2013
Just “Awesome!”; the first word that came to mind when I opened this month’s Tackle Grab box. Southern Ontario’s pike opener starts in just a few days; the bass opener is just 49 days away; and all the cool lures and baits in the April Tackle Grab box just fed the anticipation of spring fishing.
Here’s how this month’s Tackle Grab stacked up to their promise of a minimum $16 box value:
1 – AR Lures – Crank D-50 in Blue Gill – available on TackleWarehouse’s website for US$18.99. This is a really cool crankbait. Its small profile will be ideal for smallies in clear water. I was particularly impressed with the finish and high quality construction of this little bait. A great start to my monthly box!
2 – Angler’s Choice 3″ KillShot – available on the Angler’s Choice website for CAD$5.99 for a 10-pk (prorated to US$2.32 for a 4-pk). Our Contributor team has done some work with the Killshot and we know this bait to be particularly deadly on a drop shot. The action and color of this bait will make it effective on a clear water drop shot!
3 – Hot Seat Custom Baits – 9″ Hot Seat Heater Worms in Kiwi Red – available on the Hot Seat Custom Baits Website for US$3.00 for a 6-pk (prorated to US $1.50 for a 3-pk). This is a super big ribbon tail worm. When I saw this it reminded me of a Berkley Powerworm. However, when I started playing around with it I noticed that it was a little more supple and had more stretch (softer plastic). This 9″ worm will definitely excel as a follow up bait in frogging situations. The color is bang on as well! I was sent a green pumpkin worm with red flake – great choice for Canadian slop!
4 – Cruncher Baits #54 River Craw tubes – available on the Cruncher Baits website for US$4.29 for a 10-pk (pro-rated to US$1.72 for a 4-pk). This is another Smallmouth favorite! Tubes are awesome, and since hard water season is over these will get a workout! These tubes are a little smaller and will mimic Canadian crayfish nicely. The “rusty” brown color with black flake is a great choice again for clear waters where bass are feeding on their favorite foods. These tubes would also be great for largies as a finesse plastic if Texas-rigged with a small weight, say 1/16 oz., and pitched into docks and timber.
5 – Fishbelly 5″ Split Tail Hawg Shads in Alewife – available on Tacklewarehouse’s website for US$6.39 for a 3-pk. This bait was so awesome that I started telling my wife how I planned to use it without realizing she didn’t have a clue of what I was talking about! The realism of this bait would be great for clear water and I plan on using this lure for some serious drop shot. This is a very realistic color and will imitate a smelt, shiner or other bait fish nicely!
Total box value =US $30.92 + 150 Tackle Grab points (which can be redeemed for up to $10.50 off future orders from Tackle Grab).
Once again, Tackle Grab did not disappoint! Since bass season for me is just a little more than a month away, I’ve updated my Tackle Grab profile to be 100% focused on large and small mouth bass – it will be interesting to see how this may change my monthly Tackle Grab selection. Stay tuned for our update on the May shipment (ETA – 4th week of May/1st week of June)!
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. 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 member of Gambler’s Am Pro Staff, Canadian Bass Anglers Federation and Ontario Federation of Anglers & Hunters.
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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