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Storm Lures Arashi Spinbait

Storm Lures Arashi Spinbait
Storm Lures Arashi Spinbait

Storm Lures Arashi Spinbait

The Arashi Spinbait attracts wary suspended fish on the fall and during the retrieve with its delicate rolling action and revolving blades. Slow sinking – head down with a slight body shimmy and moving propellers as you count it down to depth. Counter Rotating Propellers- add subtle flash and vibration while insuring the bait moves in a straight path. 3-2 Prop Design creates vibration pattern the angler can feel ensuring the optimal slow retrieve speed to maximize the lures’ action and to maintain depth.

Arashi Spinbait attracts wary suspended fish on the fall and during the retrieve with its delicate rolling action and revolving blades. Slow Sinking- head down with a slight body shimmy and moving propellers as you count it down to depth. Counter Rotating Propellers add subtle flash and vibration while insuring the bait moves in a straight path.

Storm Lures Arashi Spinbait Features

  • Slow SInking Body Shimmy
  • Counter Rotating Propellers
  • 3-2 Prop Design
  • Premium VMC ® Black Nickel Hooks

Lobina Lures Rico and the $23 Cast

Lobina Lures Rico
Lobina Lures Rico

It’s no secret I am a huge fan of bass fishing with topwater lures, poppers in particular. I spent most of my life fishing with the infamous REBEL POP-R then last year I decided to try out some new popper lures. The first is the OWNER GOBO POPPER GP60 and that lure worked very well and caught a ton of fish since purchasing it.

Owner Gobo Popper Lure GP60
Owner Gobo Popper Lure GP60

The second was the Lobina Lures Rico. The Lobina Lures Rico has glowing endorsements at bass fishing sites, forums and reviews and lets not forget Ricky Clunn. Now here’s the thing with the Lobina Lures Rico. It typically cost between $20 and $25 which is quite pricey for a fishing lure. But here’s the thing the RICO is built like a tank and from the finest componants. It has the feel and construction of similar salt water lures from the 60’s and 70’s. It is not your typical lure.

Anyhow in 2010 I was so wrapped up with getting familiar with other lures that I never spent any time with the Lobina Lures Rico. Well last week I decided the conditions were right for a popper and I tied on the Lobina Lures Rico. The weather was tough it was getting VERY WINDY and I was standing and casting from within a small cut out in some heavy brush. First cast the water exploded the moment the lure hit the water, startled me a bit. The second cast was the farthest cast of my life. Because of the wind I threw a really hard cast. Problem was I managed to connect with the brush and my line snapped somewhere between my rod tip and the lure. The lure seemed to fly forever before landing with a $23 splash.

I guess I will order another one and try again

New Rapala Products for 2012

X-Rap Pop and X-Rap Prop deliver topwater mayhem to Rapala thrillseekers. Two of the handful of new Rapala lures ready to explode on a lake, river or saltwater flat near you.

There is no other moment like it. The topwater explosion. Big fish, little fish, it almost makes no difference. Experiencing a fish exploding on your lure is truly one of the most exhilarating, breathtaking moments of fishing. No matter how many times you’ve experienced it, it never gets old.

Rapala understands your addiction to the topwater bite. Your insatiable need for a visual surge. And that’s why for 2012 we are coming out with several new lures designed specifically to keep you on the topwater rollercoaster.

As a Rapala fan, we’re giving you the inside skinny on these new lures – before most anglers will see them.

X-Rap Pop®

Rapala X-Rap Pop
Rapala X-Rap Pop

Pop! Pop! Pop! Big poppin’. Big splashin’. Big bassin’. That’s the name of the game that the new X-Rap Pop brings to topwater. Attitude all the way baby. Featuring a deep, cupped lip and internal textured scales made famous by the X-Rap, the new X-Rap Pop delivers kerplunk pop and splash with every snap. Even the slightest tug brings the X-Rap Pop to life. If that’s not enough, the lure is built with an internal long cast system exclusive to Rapala, 3D Holographic eyes, a flash feather teaser tail and sharp-as-heck VMC® Black Nickel Hooks. The X-Rap Pop is being introduced in six patterns and in one body size, 2-3/4 in., weighing in at 3/8 oz.

X-Rap Prop®

Rapala X-Rap Prop
Rapala X-Rap Prop

Xxxxxxxxrrrrrr. BAAAM! That’s the incredible sound you will hear every time a bass crushes the new X-Rap Prop. Built on a 4-3/8 in. X-Rap lure body platform, the X-Rap Prop features two stainless steel props, one in the front and one in the rear, that create an 3XL-size noise and splash, while its counter-rotating design stabilizes and keeps your lure on track. Designed for long casts or short, the X-Rap Prop includes 3D holographic eyes, a flash feather teaser tail and ultra-sharp VMC® Black Nickel Hooks. For 2012, the X-Rap Prop will be introduced in six patterns.

Ultra Light Minnow & Ultra Light Shad

Rapala Ultra Light Minnow & Ultra Light Shad
Rapala Ultra Light Minnow & Ultra Light Shad

Here’s one promise the new Rapala Ultra Light Minnow and Ultra Light Shad intend to keep… They may be small, but they deliver big-time action. These new lures may be ultra lightweights, but they’re designed to cast incredibly long for such small baits. Their unique lip designs and ultra light bodies create an enticing, wobbling action when slowly retrieved, twitched and jerked for topwater fun, or retrieved fast for aggressive fish just under the surface. Running down to 2 feet, the Ultra Light Minnow comes in 10 new patterns for 2012 and is available in two sizes, 1-1/2 in. and 2-1/2 in. The Ultra Light Shad also comes in ten patterns, is available in one size, 1-1/2 in., allowing anglers to get down to five feet in water depth. Both lures offer the versatility to be fished for stream trout in Wisconsin’s famed waters or heart-stopping action for west coast trout. Both lures are hand-tuned and tank-tested.

Jointed Deep Husky Jerk®

Rapala Jointed Deep Husky Jerk
Rapala Jointed Deep Husky Jerk

Cast or troll it, the new Jointed Deep Husky Jerk is ready for action. Featuring that classic Rapala “wounded-minnow” wobble and an exaggerated tail action that fish can’t refuse, the Jointed Deep Husky Jerk runs straight and true at any speed. Available in eight patterns, the Jointed Deep Husky Jerk runs four to eight feet deep and wakes up fish with loud rattles created with its jointed body and kick-tail section. Hand tuned and tank tested, the new Jointed Deep Husky Jerk will be launched in one size, 3-1/8 in. (3/16 oz.).

TOPWATER BASS FISHING with FROG LURES – New To Me

Last season while fishing the small local lake, Lake Wintergreen  I notice a major portion of the shore fishing is blocked by lily pads I also noticed that the water occasionally exploded from within or at the very edge of the lily pads. Well the bass didn’t have to hit me in the head too hard to make me take notice of a vast section of unfished territory on the lake. So late last fall I decided I need to fish those lily pads with the best method known to man. That method is a TOPWATER FROG FISHING. Unfortunately I didn’t know anything about this form of fishing so I set out to research it a bit. I quickly learned that I was not equipped for this sort of fishing despite the little woman surprising me with a FROG LURE. All of my fishing tackle whether spinning or baitcasting is made for finesse types of fishing where as TOPWATER FROG FISHING for BASS  is more of a muscle sport. Well the 2010 fishing season was winding down and I decided to wait to fishing season 2011 before investing in new gear and tackle.

Fast forward to the beginning of April 2011 It’s now time for me to start selecting the rod, reel, line and lures I will need for frog fishing. I’m hoping to get the whole setup under $400 and closer to $300 as this setup will see limited use.

Frog Rod Selection

The rod will be a baitcaster about 7′ long. It should be a heavy action rod with a fast tip.  The heavy action is needed to fight the fish out of cover and the lily pads. The fast tip is needed to get that light frog lure to go the distance. There are actually rods from folks like G.LOOMIS and DOBYNS  designed specifically for frog fishing. Unfortunately they are kind of expensive.

The baitcasting rod I selected is the  St. Croix® Mojo Bass Trigger Rod – MBC70HF (SLOP-N-FROG). The rod is 7′ Heavy with a fast tip. The rod cost $109

Frog Reel Selection

There’s a few different schools of thought on this but here’s my opinion. I want a baitcasting reel with a low gear ratio for power and a slow retrieve. If I need to take up line quickly I can use the rod. A fast gear ratio will be harder to reel the fish out of the lily pads and cover as well as enable me to fish too fast. Slower is better with frog fishing. There seems to be a lot of reels in the $79-$129 range that will work well.

The Baitcasting Reel I decided on was the Bass Pro Shops Pro Qualifier® Baitcast Reel – Right-Hand Retrive – Model PQX10SSD. The reel was on sale for $79

Frog Fishing Line Selection

A braided super line is mandatory. A braided line the diameter of 12 pound test should be rated for about 60 pound test. A 10 pound test diameter should be rated at about 40 pounds. Im leaning towards the lighter weight currently.

Frog Lures For Bass

Knoppers Live Target Hollow Body Frog Green Yellow 55T FROG LURE
FROG LURE - Knoppers Live Target Hollow Body Frog Green Yellow 55T

I have actually acquired two already.

  • Knoppers Live Target Hollow Body Frog Green Yellow 55T
  • Snag Proof Frog Lure

 

 

Updates: As I progress I will update these post. Once everything is in order and I am catching fish I will make a dedicated page on FROG FISHING from the content in this post