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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

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

ULTIMATE ULTRALIGHT SPINNING ROD and REEL COMBINATION

Holy cow how is it I haven’t noticed the the SHIMANO STRADIC CI4 MICROLINE SPINNING REEL STCI41000FML before today? If you aren’t familiar with the Shimano CI14 series of spinning reels they are moderately priced with features and quality that compete with with spinning reels costing  $100 or more over the CI4.This spinning reel combined with a G.LOOMIS TROUT SERIES SPINNING ROD will be the ultimate trout and panfish spinning outfit. It’s interesting to note while it’s no secret SHIMANO owns G.LOOMIS it’s unusual too see the manufacture specify the rods within the reel description. It’s the right spinning rod choice regardless for this reel.
I need a new ultralight spinning outfit to keep behind the seat of my pickup. I think I will get the G.LOOMIS TSR621 which is 5’2″ long and I will mate it with the Stradic CI4 Microline. Hopefully I will be able to purchase this combination by the end of May 2011. Stay tuned

SHIMANO STRADIC CI4 MICROLINE SPINNING REEL STCI41000FML

SHIMANO STRADIC CI4 MICROLINE SPINNING REEL STCI41000FML
SHIMANO STRADIC CI4 MICROLINE SPINNING REEL STCI41000FML

ULTRALIGHT SPINNING ROD and REEL

This reel was built as part of our technical fishing system for fishing Light Line specifically light PowerPro. We designed this reel to fish 5lb and lighter PowerPro and put a new drag system in it so that you can fight a fish without concern when fishing lighter lines. Like all Stradic CI4 reels this reel comes with the Propulsion line management system for greater casting distance and is also packed with Shimano’s Paladin Gearing for super smooth retrieving. Strap this reel on an ultra light rod, preferably the G-Loomis Trout and Panfish Series loaded with PowerPro, and you will have the ultimate Light line System.
  • Specialized for use with new PowerPro Microlines. Spool optimized to hold 150 yards of 4# PowerPro Microline
  • Ultra-lightweight CI4 Frame, Sideplate and Rotor Construction
  • Paladin Gear Durability Enhancement
  • Propulsion Line Management System: Propulsion Spool Lip, SR One-Piece Bail Wire, Power Roller III, Redesigned Bail Trip, S-Arm Cam
  • Aero Wrap II Oscillation
  • SR-Concept: SR 3D Gear, SR Handle, SR One-Piece Bail Wire
  • Aluminum Spool
  • S-Concept: S-Rotor, S-Guard, S-Arm Cam
  • Machined Aluminum Handle
  • Direct Drive Mechanism (Thread In Handle Attachment)
  • Round EVA Handle Grip
  • WP Drag (Waterproof Drag)
  • Maintenance Port
  • Fluidrive II
  • Floating Shaft
  • Dyna-Balance
  • Super Stopper II
  • Repairable Clicker
  • Approved for use in Saltwater
  • Rated for use with Mono, Fluorocarbon and PowerPro lines

G.LOOMIS TROUT SERIES SPINNING ROD

G.LOOMIS TROUT SERIES SPINNING ROD
G.LOOMIS TROUT SERIES SPINNING ROD

 

A specialized series of spinning rods designed specifically for trout fishing. Using our proprietary “fiber blend” and GLX levels of performance, our goal is to provide anglers with a “sky is the limit” approach to the fishery. Originally made in 2-piece configurations for ease in transportability, a new – for 2010 – selection of 1-piece rods has been added for those anglers that want the ultimate in light weight and performance. Effective for lake or stream fishing, these rods are made with one objective in mind… to help serious trout anglers become more successful and enjoy their time on the water with the lightest, most sensitive rods available. Four models are available in GLX… two 1-piece and two 2-piece rods. The entire series features fast tips for the ultimate in control, whether your pitching a spinner, a marabou jig or drifting single eggs on your favorite creek . The “fiber blend” models feature a combination of regular cork and composite cork for a new, unique looking rear grip with up-locking reel seats and Fuji, single-foot Alconite guides. The GLX models feature Recoil guides, cork & foam grips with up-locking reel seat. To quote Field & Stream Magazine rod testers, during their annual “Best of the Best Awards” field reviews in 2008, they said, “These rods are like fishing with a feather!” Imagine what the new 1-piece rods feel like… they’re even lighter! Varying in power from ultra-light to light, rated from 1-pound test line up to 8-pound, they are surprisingly strong. You’ll want to take one these rods along for all your fishing adventures. How big a fish can you catch on one of these rods? You might be surprised! The sky is the limit!”

G.Loomis GL3 CR722 Bait Casting Rod 10011-01

I had planned this winter to purchase a Shiman0 Core 50MG7 baitcasting reel and as luck would have at Bass Pro Shops is having a 6 month payment special. Unfortunately they had no  Shiman0 Core 50MG7 baitcasting reels in stock. So I did the next best thing. I ordered a rod to go with the reel I don’t have as of yet.

I had my heart set on a G.Loomis GLX CR722 10396-01 but unfortunately Bass Pro Shops does not stock that model. That’s alright though. While I was willing to spend $340 and the G.Loomis GLX CR722 10396-01 I’m glad Bass Pro Shops selection forced me in to selecting the $200 G.Loomis GL3 CR722 Bait Casting Rod 10011-01. I have a spinning rod that is the GL2 series and I like it very much so I’m sure the G3 will not disappoint.

This is how G.Loomis describes the “CR” series rods

Classic “CR” (Casting Rods) Series is designed for accurate, low-trajectory casting which makes them ideal for fishing in tight quarters, around low overhanging limbs and cover. They are all 6-foot casting rods with Fuji’s ECS (exposed blank – trigger reel seats) and 7-inch, straight cork rear-grips. These are the rods that started it all for G.Loomis in the bass fishing world. Anglers use them for topwater baits, spinnerbaits and jigs and worms where accuracy is more important than distance. These rods remain on the cutting edge of graphite technology today. They are no-nonsense, no frills, high performance fishing tools. The most popular models are available in all four levels of graphite performance.