December 23rd, 2014
Hardwater season continues to go strong for most. For those who don’t ice fish, and don’t have the comforts of the southern climate, it’s feeling cabin fever is kicking into high gear. Many are spending their time planning strategies and tactics for the 2014 bass season. As in usual form, the latest Tackle Grab box provides some inspiration…
1 – Gambler Lures 4-pk of 5″ Super Studs in Copperfield – available on the Gambler Lures website for $4.69 for a 10-pk (prorated to $1.88 for a 4-pk). Gambler Lures has such a strong following in the southern states, particularly Florida, that most down there know this fluke style bait. This is a great opportunity for anglers who are not familiar with Gambler’s Super Stud to try them. Tonnes of garlic scent and durable plastic make these a winner.
To fish them I like rigging them up weightless with a 4/0 r 3/0 EWG hook. I usually fish them finesse and pop them in spares cover allowing them to flutter to the bottom. After letting them rest for a few seconds I pop the bait again and let it flutter down. Strikes will usually occur on the fall. The Copperfield color is great for areas where there is an abundance of baitfish hiding in cover.
2 – Reaction Strike 4-pk of 3.5″ Craw Jr, available on the Reaction Strike website for $5.90 for an 8-pk (prorated to for $2.95 for a 4-pk). These were really cool and when I saw them I immediately thought of smallmouth bass. A favorite forage for smallmouth in lakes with crayfish, these baits are perfect. Their size is very realistic. I’d say these softbaits are for clear water smallmouth for sure! It would be a cool bait to throw with a small weight and Texas rigged. Dragging this bait over rock points with a jika rig would also be a good presentation to try.
3 – Reaction Strike XRM-100 in Snow White, available on the Reaction Strike website for US$9.99. A very cool bait. This small suspending jerkbait willl come in handy early in the spring in colder water conditions. A fatter presentation and rattles makes me think of using this bait to mimic baitfish targeted by largemouth bass, or even northern pike.
4 – River2Sea – V-Joint Deep Dive 75, available on the River2Sea website for $7.87. Traditionally I don’t fish very deep, but this bait gives my arsenal some diversity. The ability to target bass that are deeper is key when shallow fish aren’t biting.
Total box value =US $22.69 + 150 Tackle Grab points.
This was our twelfth Tackle Grab box in our 1-year subscription. Overall, the membership offered tremendous value, and exceeded the minimum guaranteed value of $16.00 a box. If you’re interested in giving it a try, click on the link below to learn more…
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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