Shimano Opens New Reel Service Center

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Shimano New Service Location South Carolina

From the Pacific Coast all the way to the Atlantic Coast, Shimano now has a reel service center to service many reels closer to home. With its now opened fishing tackle service center at its business office and distribution facility just west of Charleston, S.C., Shimano has the ability to provide maintenance and repair work for its fishing reels nationwide. According to customer service manager Michelle Williams, the new service center is staffed with technicians that provide the same top-quality service they are known for in Shimano’s Irvine, Calif. facility. They can handle any of your Shimano reel service or repair needs for our eastern US customers.

“After anglers buy our reels, we want them to continue to have a great fishing experience by offering convenient reel maintenance and repair services when needed,” said Williams.

“Between our operations now in both South Carolina and California, and our 26 ‘Satellite Service Centers’, we can get you back on the water with reel care done by Shimano trained and certified staff, using Shimano original parts and applying the latest Shimano technology.”

Just as with your vehicle, regular reel service by qualified reel service technicians increases the longevity of your fishing gear and adds to the overall enjoyment of your fishing experience. Williams notes that when reel maintenance or repair services are needed, anglers can simply call 877-577-0600 (in both the U.S. and Canada) to confirm the reel currently is a serviced model before sending it in. Then download and fill-out the reel repair form found on the Shimano web site at Shimano Service Centers .

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Shimano also provides reel service and warranty work in Canada at its corporate offices in Peterborough, Ontario, and also a ‘Satellite Service Center’ in Mississauga. Information on handling maintenance and repair work is also provided at the Shimano web site.

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Underwater Bass Footage with CRAZY New Fluke Rigging Trick!

Don’t keep fishing your flukes the same old way! Today we’re showing you underwater footage of new and exciting ways to rig a fluke for bass fishing! Are your clear water fish line shy? Are they in deep water? Do you prefer a magnum fluke? We’ve got a method to rig a soft jerkbait that will help you catch more bass today! Matt is showing us rigging, different sink rates, hook styles and more, in today’s in-depth look at Fall fluke fishing for bass.

Matt begins with basic texas-rigging of an unweighted Zoom Super Fluke. From there he explains sink rates between a Fluke, Shiver Glide, Bass Assassin, and Caffeine Shad. He re-introduces the nose rig method of finesse fishing a fluke then wraps it up with an all-new rigging that combines a swinging hook with a nose weight to fool deep water bass. If the explanations aren’t enough we back it up with underwater bass fishing footage to show how the lures move underwater and how the bass react to them. No matter how you rig it or where you fish, there is information in this video that will help you catch more soft jerkbait fish.

Fluke fishing (soft jerkbait fishing) is one of the most exciting ways to catch Fall bass. As they move into the shallows you can effectively target bass that are blowing up on bait but also those that hang below and refuse to rise to the surface. With the addition of the weighted nose rig, you can now effectively reach deep water bass that are ambushing baitfish as well. The fluke is an incredibly versatile tool that should be in every bass angler’s box. If you haven’t been using it effectively, you’re not alone. Many bass fisherman overlook the soft jerkbait for Fall bass, but now you have the tools you’ll need to put it to work this Fall.

Below is a breakdown of the baits and equipment that were discussed in this video as well as rod and reel recommendations for soft jerkbaits.

Soft Jerkbaits…

-Zoom Super Fluke:

(Electric Shad, Pro Blue Red Pearl, Albino, Smokin Shad)

-Bass Assassin 5″ Straight Tail Shad:

(Crystal Shad, Salt and Pepper Phantom, White)

-Reaction Innovations Shiver Glide:

(Bad Shad Green, Guntersville Shad, Bad Sexy Shad)

-Strike King Caffeine Shad:

(Pearl Blue, Smoky Shad)

Magnum Soft Jerkbaits…

-Zoom Magnum Super Fluke:

(Albino, Smokin Shad, Green Pumpkin)

-Bass Assassin 7″ Straight Tail Shad:

(Crystal Shad, Salt and Pepper Phantom)

-Magnum Caffeine Shad:

(Pearl Blue Glimmer Back, Smokey Shad)

Soft Jerkbait Hooks…

Nose Hook- Gamakatsu Finesse Wide Gap 1/0:

Weedless Nose Hook- Gamakatsu Weedless Finesse Wide Gap 1/0:

Spring- Owner CPS Spring Medium:

Weighted Hook- Frenzy Wack-A-Sack 1/4 oz size 1:

Texas Rig- Gamakatsu EWG Superline 4/0:

(**5/0 hook for Shiver Glide**)

Magnum Jerkbait Hooks…

Nose Hook- Gamakatsu Finesse Wide Gap 3/0:

Weedless Nose Hook- Gamakatsu Weedless Finesse Wide Gap 3/0:

Spring- Owner CPS Spring Large:

Weighted Hook- Frenzy Wack-A-Sack 3/8 oz size 4/0:

Texas Rig- Owner Jungle Hook 7/0:

Texas Rig- Trokar MagWorm Hook 8/0:

All-Around Soft Jerkbait Combo…

Rod- Shimano Zodias 7’2″ MH:

Reel- Curado 150 DC HG:

Line- 50 lb Power Pro Maxcuatro:

Leader- 15 lb Maxima Ultragreen:

Budget-Friendly Combo…

Rod- Shimano SLX 7’0″ MH:

Reel- SLX 150 HG:

Line- 15 lb Sunline Assassin:

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Underwater Footage of 9 NEW Ned Rig Baits | Which Ones Work The Best?

With all these new NED baits, which ones actually catch fish? There are so many new worms, creatures, and craws its hard to keep up! Today we’re taking 9 of the most unique NED RIG baits underwater to see how they compare. Let’s look at their actions and profiles so you can decide which ned rig worms you should be using on your next bass fishing trip!

Ned Rig baits were the talk of ICAST this year. Every company introduced a Ned Worm, some introduced entire lines of Ned products. So how do you know which are actually worth your time? These 9 offerings looked the best “on the shelf” to us. We always like to show the bass something different and each of these offerings had a unique feature. After gathering underwater footage of how they moved, we definitely found some favorites.

Which are your favorites? Do you like that traditional Ned profile with minimal action? Do you like a lot of movement? Do the craw and creature profiles seem like a solid option for your bass? There is so much information to be gained with just a few minutes spent underwater. Below you’ll find links to all the baits (in order of appearance) as well as color recommendations, rod and reel recommendations, and more.

Today’s Ned Baits…

-Strike King Rage Ned Cut R Worm:

(Green Pumpkin, Blue Craw, Watermelon Red Flake)

-Yum Ned Minnow:

(Green Pumpkin Copper, Phantom, Pearl Blue Flake)

-Yum Ned Craw:

(Brown Orange Flake, Soft Green Pumpkin)

-Z Man TRD BugZ:

(California Craw, Bama Bug, Mud Bug)

-Strike King Rage Ned Bug:

(Blue Craw, Dirt, Green Pumpkin)

-Missile Baits Ned Bomb Worm:

(GP Ghost Tail, Fishalicious, Super Bug, Green Pumpkin)

-Reins RND Fat Ned Worm:

(Muellers Madness, Watermelon Seed, Kito Kito Shad)

-Xzone Lures Ned Zone Stick Baits:

(309, Minnow Magic, Watermelon Pearl Laminate)

-Z Man TRD TicklerZ:

(Green Pumpkin, Drew’s Craw, Canada Craw, Sprayed Grass)

Ned Heads…

Today’s Head- Z Man Ned LockZ HD 1/10th oz:

Tungsten Head- Swagger Flanders Head 1/10th oz:

Standard Ned Worms…

Z-Man TRD Finesse Worm:

Roboworm Ned Worm:

Favorite Ned Rig Combo…

Rod- Shimano Expride 6’10” Medium Light:

Reel- Shimano Stradic CI4+ 1000:

Line- Sunline XPlasma Asegai 10 lb Braid:

Leader- Sunline Sniper 7 lb Fluorocarbon:

Budget Ned Rig Combo…

Rod- Shimano SLX 7′ Medium Light:

Reel- Shimano NASCI 2500:

Line- 8 lb Sunline Sniper Fluorocarbon:

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How to Fish Megabass Dark Sleeper – Ultra Deep Swimbait Technique

Here are details of how to fish Megabass Dark Sleeper an ultra deep swimbait techinque. The Megabass Dark Sleeper is a very unique swimbait, and can help you catch more fish if you know how to use it right. The Dark Sleeper is also sometimes hard to come by, and tackle shops often run out because it is a fish catching machine. Hopefully, you will see how well this lure can work in this post of tips on how to fish the megabass dark sleeper.
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FIRST LOOK: New Perception Crank 10.0 Pedal Drive Kayak Prototype

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Perception Crank 10.0 Pedal Drive Kayak Payne OutdoorsLooking for what’s new for next year but want to know this year? Let’s look at the Perception Crank 10.0 pedal drive kayak prototype. Due out in 2020, the Crank 10 is designed for more of a recreational pedal kayak. Signs are looking good for an angler version of the Perception Crank as well. And frankly, we know if it floats, some angler is going to rig it for fishing.

Not only did I get to check it out in person, but I also got the opportunity to get the Crank 10.0 on the water and give it a spin. I’ll give some feedback as we go through but please keep in mind, this is a prototype kayak. Many things could be tweaked, changed, added, or omitted before the Perception Crank hits shelves. And since I know you are going to ask, the MSRP is going to be $1399.

Perception Crank 10.0 First Look

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Since the Perception Crank is really made for recreation, hatches so far are limited. It’s 10 foot long size also limits surface area for big hatches. For a trip on the lake you have some bungees up front to hold down a small cooler, a small tackle box or two, or some other item you want to make sure doesn’t go swimming. The solid handle is nice as it gives a reinforced pull point for portaging or loading/unloading.

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The Crank 10.0 will have a frame style seat. It might be this one or a slightly wider based model. The seat adjusts fore and aft and is secured in grooves with a single inset. I really hope they redistribute the stress and backward torque on this single point by either making it two points of connection with the same knob screw or even widening the center channel, widening the chair base, or making different connection points. I have some concerns that the heavier kayakers might pop the insert out if it’s just one.

For the Crank pedal drive, the Pilot Drive has been modified a bit but the prop style and gear ratios seem to be very similar to the Pescador Pilot. Being in a 10 foot kayak, the pedal drive really moves the Crank through the water. I’m hoping they deepen the deck about an inch. Pedaling with my size 12 feet I would drag my heel a bit unless I moved the pedal pad up to the arch of my foot. I normally pedal with the pad on the ball of my foot. Folks with smaller feet won’t notice any issues as it is.

When the drive is stowed the Perception Crank moves through the water pretty well. It’s a lightweight craft that has more of a paddle style hull as opposed to the normal sluggish hull in most pedal kayaks.

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The rudder control is fine if you only use a finger to turn it but for folks with a large-sized hand, I’d recommend a taller rudder control or a longer lever. My hand easily covered the whole mechanism. A shifter knob style would be an easy fix to make it workable for all hand sizes.

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A milk crate sized tank well with a rear access hatch is a nice addition to this rec kayak. Add in the Solo Ports already in the prototype and I’m thinking this may be fishable as is for a lot of folks. That offset handle and rudder configuration may be telling secrets as well. Let’s look at it from a different angle.

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With that much real estate on the left, I’m thinking this may be a potential place to mount a Power Pole or trolling motor. I’m not crazy about the offset rear handle but I’ve seen that in several models lately. The rudder is the reliable rudder that Confluence boats have been using forever and if you look carefully, there is a replaceable skid plate on the keel.

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The last clue that tells me Perception knows anglers are going to fish in the Crank 10.0 is the recessed transducer port on the prototype. It’s ported and everything. On a prototype. Yeah, they totally know.

Final Thoughts on the Perception Crank 10.0 Pedal Kayak Prototype

The Crank isn’t going to win any races but it is going to be another pedal kayak that is able to be paddled without rotator cuff surgery afterward. Some very cool layout is leaning in the right direction to make a really cool little pedal craft. A couple of tweaks to the seat, rudder control, and a slightly shallower hull would set this up as a great pedal entry option for a lot of folks. I’m looking forward to trying a production model next year.

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REVIEW: NRS Matik Inflatable PFD – Manual Inflation

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review NRS Matik Manually Inflated PFD Payne OutdoorsNRS has been making one of the top PFDs on the market for kayak anglers for years in the Chinook. The only PFD solution the team at NRS hadn’t tackled moving into 2019 was an inflatable solution for those of us in the south who fish in 100-degree temps and high humidity. Not only did NRS tackle the inflatable PFD offering in late summer but they did it twice. NRS now offers the Matik and Otto Matik inflatable PFD. The Otto Matik is an auto inflating PFD and the Matik, the PFD I’m reviewing for this article, is a manually inflated PFD by pull tab or inflation tube.

About the NRS Matik Inflatable PFD

An alternative to waist-belted PFDs, the low-profile NRS Matik Inflatable PFD resembles a traditional lifevest with the compact convenience of an inflatable.

  • This lightweight self-inflating PFD provides 22.5 lbs. of flotation and only meets U.S. Coast Guard requirements as a Type III life jacket when worn. (See Note below.)
  • The Matik folds compactly into a low-profile horse-collar style jacket to give you on-demand flotation that doesn’t get in your way stand-up paddling, fishing or wading.
  • When deflated, the vest secures with a waist buckle and offers one adjustment point for a snug fit.
  • In the event of a swim, pull the red tab to engage the pressurized CO2, inflating the integrated bladder.
  • Features a zippered pocket with internal tether for keys or a whistle plus a manual backup cord, mouth inflation valve, reflective accents and two attachment points.
  • Includes a 24 gram CO2 cartridge. Replacement CO2 Re-Arming Kits (Item #40100.01) are sold separately.
  • CO2 cartridges are one-time-use only. It’s good practice to keep an extra CO2 cartridge on hand to re-arm the PFD after each inflation.

Note: An inflatable PFD is certified by the US Coast Guard as a Type V PFD. However, it meets Coast Guard requirements for Type III PFDs when it is worn. In other words, you must be wearing the deflated collar for it to qualify as a required flotation device.


The Good : NRS Matik PFD

At long last, we have an inflatable from NRS! I’ve waited several years for this and it didn’t disappoint. Several things about this manually inflatable PFD stuck out to me as great features.

The fit is great on the Matik. It lays very flat against the body and isn’t hard to get on and off. It’s also very breathable and comfortable. I tested it during a demo day with temperatures in the low 90s. I had it on for a little over three hours moving kayaks, paddling, pedaling, and being very active and didn’t sweat through my shirt where the Matik had contact. That’s a great sign of breathability. Us folks in the heat down here really appreciate that.

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The NRS Matik PFD lays close to the body and is very breathable.

The large pocket in the front has a key tether but I actually use it to hold my phone and license. It fits my iPhone X so it should fit a great majority of the phones out there. Even in a case.

I like the fact that the jacket opens via velcro and isn’t a damageable bladder that inflates outside of the jacket. The Matik is very easy to repack and rearm should you need to use it inflated. While it’s inflated, the interior has reflective stripes to help you be found easier at night when a spotlight or flashlight might be used to search. You also have a manual inflation tube should the cartridge have a failure.

The D-rings are also a nice touch. I use it to hang my whistle from which is necessary to meet Texas law regarding kayak fishing.

An important note about sizing, the Matik is made to accommodate a chest size between 30-52″ and a waist size between 30-58″. 

Points of Improvement

I like the stripes that are reflective for night searches however, I think a good addition would either be fluorescent stripes in between the reflective stripes or making the Matik in a colorway like bright lime green or safety orange.

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The NRS Matik Inflated with reflective stripes.

I really don’t know if it’s possible or not but if it is, I’d love to see a four-way receptacle for a rescue knife on the internal of the Matik where the stripes are located. If it were on the outside where the pocket is it might be unreachable after inflation but on the interior, you could open the side panel to get to the knife when not inflated and then if inflated would be on the outside of the vest. An NRS CoPilot might be too heavy but the Neko might work.

Final Thoughts on the NRS Matik

If you are fishing areas that an auto inflatable isn’t needed or wanted, the Matik manually inflated PFD is as good as any out there and at a lower price point than about half of the market listed at $150. The Matik will be in my line up for any water without rapids, powerboats, or quick strike dangers.


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The Biggest Brown Trout in the World – Thingvellir, Iceland

Iceland, the land of fire and ice situated just below the Arctic Circle and above the Mid-Atlantic Ridge. It’s home to active volcanoes, spouting geysers, thermal springs, thunderous waterfalls, vast inland glaciers and one of the cleanest environments you can experience. Although it is a remote island with a small population and little impact on global politics and economics It’s one of the most beautiful countries I have ever seen. I’m fortunate to call Iceland my second home. I have been spending the past two unforgettable summers as a fly fishing guide under @hreggnasianglingclub, guiding people from all over the world for Atlantic Salmon and Laxa Í Kjos the famous searun ghosts! 

Photo: Edward Smith

The last two nights before my season was over I was invited to go fishing with my friend @cezary_fijalkowski who is one of the most skilled guides at Thingvellir Lake. The lake is one of the most mystical places in Iceland. Biologists believe that it also holds the biggest brown trout on Earth!  The prime time for the ice age chrome brown trout runs are during April and May, occasionally you can catch some nice fish there during the summer months and Thingvellir Lake is officially closed in September.

Cezary picked me up at Kjos Lodge after my guiding session around 21:30. Our chef Sveni prepared me a nice sandwich to take away, I took some extra wool clothes and jumped in the car. The lodge where I’m guiding is just 30 minutes drive to the lake so after 22:00 I already made my first cast. Cezary was almost sure from the start I will manage to get my 90cm+ brown trout tonight! We fished pretty long fluorescent streamers from Cezary’s fly collection. I was surprised because my last trips to Thingvellir I was always advised to fish small trout streamers, but you know the saying “Big fly=Big fish“. Well, it rang true, in a few hours I landed 8 fish between 75- 83 cm but nothing close to the magical border 90 cm (35.5 inches). 

80 CM Fish (32 Inches)

It was close to 3 a.m and I was supposed to be guiding the next afternoon shift. As we were walking back to the car around the water, Cezary stopped me and said  “Make one last cást right here please“. I made the first cast somewhere into the dark, took a few strips and felt the hit. Basically the fly line just stopped and the “bus” started to pull. The important thing here at Thingvellir is to let the fish go as long as the fish wants, just be sure you have enough backing on your reel (200-300m should be enough). It took another 30 minutes of fighting before I managed to see the biggest brown trout of my life. Even now when I’m writing about this experience I still feel the adrenaline in my body. But even after I held him in my hands the drama was not over. The trout escaped from my hands and was slowly swimming away. I did not wait for any single second and jump on the fish right into the water. Its nothing you want in -2 C even you are wearing wool clothes. Water slowly swelled into my waders,  all clothes, my hair were wet, but the good thing was that I was holding the trout tight under my body. Cezary was just staring at me frightened before he started to laugh. Everything ended up well. We measured this fish on exact 90 cm of length and took some quick shots before release. When I returned back to the lodge it began to dawn. Well, the next guiding day was quite hard but I felt as obsessed by these Thingvellir browns and next night after my guiding shift we were heading back to the lake! 

First 90 CM Fish!

The second night prediction for northern light was on the highest level, the temperature was attacking 0 Degrees C and Cezary was pretty confident about another brown trout beast! His Pike Terror fluorescent fly was on fire again! The fishing was a bit slower than last night when all of a sudden I had been gifted to fight a fish while the lady aurora was dancing in the sky! What a surprise! This trout was insane, 95 cm long male, probably the fattest fish I have ever seen too! Thanks to my friend and excellent guide Cezary, these two nights will never be forgotten! I can’t wait to be back in Iceland again next summer and try to get a brown trout over 1m!

a 95 CM Beauty

If you consider Iceland as a destination to go you should. Chasing silver Atlantic Salmon on single-handed 7wt rods on surface hitch flies, trying to 80+ get Searun ghost on a little dry fly or catch your biggest brown trout ever on Thingvellir lake and as a bonus be surrounded by pure clean Icelandic nature and if you lucky watching lady aurora on the sky while fighting your fish! Everything is possible in Iceland!

Article by Katka Švagrová, a traveler, journalist, ambassador, and fly fishing guide at Hreggnasi Angling Club based in Iceland. Check her out on Instagram at @katka_svagrova. Photos from @cezary_fijalkowski.

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Don’t Fly Fish with More than You Need

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Most fly fishers might be surprised by how little gear they actually need on the water.  Regardless if you’re targeting mountain trout, farm pond bass, or cruising flats fish, there are truly only a handful of things you’ll reach for on a recurring basis.

Personally, combining trail running with fly fishing has caused me to pare down what I carry and what I consider essential. It has caused me to assess what I use and why I use it. I’ve found that I don’t choose gear based upon weight or size. What I carry is what I absolutely need. Usually, that ends up being small enough and light enough to allow me to move quickly.

Here is one of my go-to fly fishing checklists. It is what I gather together if I’m going to be running/fishing.  But it is also all that I end up using on most of my fishing trips, regardless of  where I am. Here is the what and the why of my minimalist approach to fly fishing:

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Fall Bass Fishing Buyer’s Guide!

New Swimbaits! New Topwater! Soft baits, Blades, tail spins, and more! Fall bass fishing brings some of the best reaction bites of the year and these new lures will help you succeed! Showing the bass something different can make all the difference and this Fall we have some innovative new products to choose from.

While most of our Fall picks are lures, there are some great new terminal products as well. Blades that flash and create movement are the key element we focus on when bass are around baitfish. Both Z-Man and VMC brought unique bladed offerings that will help you stand out from the crowd. Add in a selection of blade baits from 3 proven brands and you’re set all the way into Winter.

The purpose of these gear reviews is to help you wade through the plethora of new products that constantly hit store shelves. With so many options its hard to know which baits are designed to catch fish and which are there to catch fishermen. With an abundance of time on the water and a healthy tackle addiction, we fish our way through new tackle as quickly as possible to find the “diamonds in the rough” and bring that information to you in our seasonal gear reviews and buyer’s guides. Below you’ll find a breakdown of the products in this video displayed in order of appearance.

-Storm Arashi Glide Bait – Pre-Order Here:

(Bluegill, Oikawa Mesu, Threadfin Shad)

-Teckel USA Kicknocker Topwater:

(Lime Ice, Threadfin Shad)

-Z Man Giant TRD Ned Worm:

(Black Blue, June Bug, Green Pumpkin Goby)

-Giant TRD Mag Shroomz Head:

-Daiwa Neko Macho Worm:

(Green Pumpkin, Natural Shad)

-Z Man TRD Spinz:

-VMC Bladed Hybrid Hook:

-Jackall Keeburn Blade Bait:

(Clear Shad, Dera Shad, Silver)

-Damiki Vault Blade Tail Spinner:

(Black Holo, Holo Ayu, Real Shad)

-River2Sea Diver Vibe Blade:

(Bozo, TS Minnow)

Blade Bait Hook Upgrade…

-Owner Hyperwire Split Ring Size 3:

-Gamakatsu EWG Treble (Size 4 Front and 6 Back):

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The NEW Bubonic Crankbait Is Unlike Any Lure You’ve Ever Seen

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Bubonic Lures is a collaboration between the Catch Co. and underground lure artist Chris Grout. Like many hardcore artists, Chris started sharpening his skills at a young age, but as he got older priorities simply changed. Sometimes life gets in the way, you feel me?

After an artistic break while serving in the United States Military, (Thank you Chris and all who’ve served) Chris got back into to his passion for the arts. He did this by custom painting crankbaits in his New England basement. Combining his love for both fishing and the arts, the Bubonic Crankbait was born.

On an EXTREMELY tight budget, Chris began to slowly grind it out day by day, painting custom cranks all from his teensy basement shop. Before he knew it, Chris had put together a small but passionate underground following of lure lovers across his social media platforms.

Here’s where Catch Co. comes in …… By happenstance, one day the Catch Co. CEO, Ross Gordon (also a fishing freak) was thumbin’ through Instagram and came across the Bubonic Cranks. With an eye for innovation and genuine appreciation for Chris’ work, Ross reached out. He was hoping to figure out a way we could work together and get Chris’ artistic vision into the hands of more anglers. After years of back and forth, product innovation and development, we finally nailed down a crankbait with Chris, and they’re friggin’ sweet.

We’re beyond excited to roll out the new Bubonic collaboration with our first bait, the Bubonic Bugz Square Bill Crank.

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The Catch Co Bubonic Bugz Square is available now in 9 dirty color options

The Bubonic Bugz is a floating, wide wobbling squarebill crankbait that dives between 2-4 feet. Available in nine of the sickest paint jobs available on the market today, the new Bubonic Bugz crankbait will be something neither the fish or your fishing buddies have ever seen before.

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